Listen Jeff, I give them a shot against all 4 teams left. I really do. Call it optimism, call it some realism for seeing them play very well and up their standards at times. Maybe it's the improving defense. Maybe it's the fact that I do not see Drew Brees making mistakes like he did again, not to that magnitude.
I've looked at all of the remaining schedules for those in the race for the NFC 6th seed, which still includes the Saints, and I believe 9-7 gets a team in. They get a 10 day rest for a team they have beat the shite out of over the years and matchup well against, I like their chances in that one. Tampa and Carolina will be home games, and I see them winning those as well. It's a long shot, JD, but it's still not over.
And I hope you are right. But the absence of Payton is really being felt at the most critical time of the season. Brees ain't Brees without him. And while Vitt has done an admirable job, it's now obvious why he's not a head coach somewhere in the league. On a non-interim basis that is.