Kristian: Brees back at practice, Saints should win big
A collective gasp could be heard around the Who Dat Nation when the Saints released their first injury report of the week, and Drew Brees was limited with a knee injury.
Well Thursday, Coach Sean Payton said Brees had a "bruised right knee" and took every rep in practice. "He's fine. He was full today. There is nothing more to it than that, you wouldn't have noticed it," Payton explained.
The Saints have a number of different scenarios that could play out in the final week of the regular season putting them in different positions for the playoffs or even on the outside looking in.
The good news is that the Saints control their destiny when it comes to a playoff berth. The postseason has already started in many ways with Payton saying earlier this week they're approaching this game against Tampa as a playoff game.
The Saints could end up as the No. 2 seed in the NFC, division champions, and have a first round bye with some help from the Atlanta Falcons. The bottom line is if they win, they're in the dance. If the Panthers lose in Atlanta, a Saints win gives them to #2 seed. If they lose, they need the Cardinals to loose too.
Saints 27 - Bucs 17
Panthers 20 - Falcons 17
Saints open playoffs in Green Bay or Philadelphia