New Orleans Saints (6-7) vandt … endelig … en kamp. Saints ligger dermed på en delt første plads. Men er pga. nederlag til både Atlanta Falcons (6-7) og Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) er de efter begge hold. Saints har dog forsat mulighederne i egne hænder, da de møder både Falcons og Bucs i sæsonens sidste runder.
Men hvor placerer Saints sig i power rankings efter uge 14?
NFL #22 (#22)
Sunday’s win over lowly Carolina ended a three-game skid and gave the Saints a puncher’s chance at winning the NFL’s worst division this season. But the vibes around this team have felt pretty bleak for some time now, manifested in a Superdome crowd that was very much able to contain its enthusiasm as the Saints struggled to put away the Panthers. This is New Orleans. This is a problem. Then again, it’s hard to rev up the excitement, as Derek Carr’s arrival has failed to energize the offense. Carr and Erik McCoy, both team captains, were seen jawing at each other. We know Carr and his receivers haven’t been on the same page often. Oh, and the run defense once again had a rough outing.— Eric Edholm
ESPN #21 (#21)
The Saints opened up the season with Alvin Kamara out on suspension and averaged a meager 2.6 yards per rush in the season opener. The running backs had only four rushing TDs through the first 11 games of the season (two by Tony Jones Jr., who is no longer on the team). Kamara has three rushing touchdowns in the past three games, and the Saints were able to use him and Jamaal Williams last week in tandem for the first time all season.– Katherine Terrell
CBS #22 (#23)
Blowing out the Panthers gets them tied for the division lead. The defense and special teams showed up big in the game, which is a good sign.– Pete Prisco
GULKLUD #21 (#23)
Deres to sidste kampe i sæsonen er mod Bucs og Falcons, så de afgør selv, om de skal i playoffs.– Claus Elming