I'm saying that IF the Saints want to make the playoffs, they HAVE TO GO 6-0 AND get some help. Anything less would result in missing the playoffs, IMO.
Highly doubtful. The Vikings have an absolutely brutal schedule, and if they do win out, that means the Bears are in a major tailspin and likely to miss the playoffs. It's fair to assume the NFCN will have a wildcard, but they almost certainly won't have two.
Seattle almost certainly won't go undefeated with games against SF and Chicago. IMO, they lose both. We will hold tiebreakers with them unless they lose to both Buffalo AND Miami, at which point they'll almost certainly be out of the playoffs anyway.
We need to beat Tampa and really don't want to lose to Dallas. If we don't beat Tampa, we're going to have trouble getting in. If the Falcons beat Tampa this week (and we beat TB later in the season), that goes a LONG way in giving us leeway to lose a game.
Atlanta beats TB
we beat TB
we beat Dallas
if those three things happen, then the only thing really forcing us to go undefeated the rest of the way would be if Seattle loses only one game. That's certainly possible, but I think they lose two.
Yes, being two games behind the Falcons in two weeks would be nice. But their remaining games are @Panthers (suck), Giants at home (inconsistent, not playing good football at all right now), @Detroit (mediocre), and TB at home (definitely loseable). I don't trust them losing that many games, not to mention if they DO lose that many, it pretty much forces us to go undefeated to keep up with TB.