I don't expect any degree of tanking by playing more guys "for next year". I can't bring myself to root for the Saints to lose either. I do anxiously look forward to what draft picks that might be added each year. The better those picks in position the more we can hope for in impact. Being out of the playoffs I can pull for the teams with worse records winning and getting above the Saints.
Here is the outlook for this week with current draft spot probabilities-
Saints current draft spot odds-
other spots are less than 5%. #7 to #17 is a huge difference in players:
#7s- Mark Barron, Aldon Smith, Joe Haden #17s- Dre Kirkpatrick, Nate Solder, Mike Iupati
Bengals @ Iggles- Go philly, they're 4-9 one game up on picks. We lose in the tiebreaker (for draft picks) so they need to win 2 more than the Saints out of the last 3 to gain a draft spot
Broncos @ Ravens- inconsequential, pull for whoever you like
Bucs 6-7 @ Saints 5-8- Saints loss is a solid two game difference in draft position. A win pulls teams into a tie with the Saints having the tiebreaker in the wrong way. This game could determine who finishes 2nd or 3rd as well as which one picks in front of the other (2011 TB #20 Clayborn NOLA #24 Jordan similar)
Colts @ Texans- inconsequential
Giants @ dirty birds- remote chance of 8-8 tie with NYG. I like seeing the dirty birds hit the skids in the stretch here more than those odds happening though.
Jags @ Phins- go Miami! Jax would have to win out & Saints lose out for that to mean anything. Miami is currently tied with Saints at 5-8. Move them on up
Packers 9-4 @ bears 8-5- inconsequential cept for remote chance of Bears & Saints at 8-8. Dunno who owns the tiebreaker with that.
Wash 7-6 @ Browns 5-8- go Cleveland! Another team tied with the same record as Saints. The more they win the better.
Vikes 7-6 @ StL 6-6-1- some more complicated tiebreakers to consider. StL is a 1/2 game closer to the Saints so I want them to win
Lions 4-9 @ AZ 4-9- both one game up on the Saints draft pick wise. I'd rather see Detroit get a worse draft pick than AZ so go Lions!
Panthers 4-9 @ SD 5-8- You can make a case either way. I go SD. They're tied with us at 5-8 and that gives them a definite bump up. Even if the kitty cats pick a place or two ahead of the Saints there still is some division pride of finishing 2nd or 3rd vs. last.
Seattle @ Bills- Go for the big upset in Buffalo! They're also tied at 5-8. Move'em up
KC @ Raiders- Either of these would have to win out and Saints lose out for the Saints to gain any ground. Feel free to pull for either one
Pitt 7-6 @ Dallas 7-6- A Dallas win would be better for the Saints draft position. It would also make a win there in two weeks less consequential draft pick wise. That's the facts but don't think I could still put go cowgirls in print ever.
Niners @ Pats- inconsequential
Jets 6-7 @ Titans 4-9- Go Titans! Jets would pull a little closer but TN is just a game away from bumping the Saints to a better draft spot.
This post was edited on 12/11 at 1:36 pm