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Quick Hits: Saints .500 is better than a losing season

Simple Math: 

The simple math says the Saints are out of the playoff picture.   At 7 and 8 the Saints are playing for an entirely different goal in the final regular season game of the year Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. 

"You have a choice here, you can be 7 and 9 which is a losing record or you can be 8 and 8 which is .500," said Coach Joe Vitt.  "There is not anyone in our building that will never be happy with 8 and 8, but the other option is to be 7 and 9 and that's a losing record."

The Saints haven't had a losing record since the 2007 season.  New Orleans finished that year 7 and 9 in Sean Payton's second season at the helm.
Sweet Carolin-A: 

The Panthers beat the Saints back in week 2 by a score of 35-27 in Charlotte.  The Saints were growing into a new defensive scheme facing what they called an unconventional offense.

"You're going to get the pistol, you're going to get the zone read, and the option," Vitt said.  The offense is orchestrated by Cam Newton.  He got off to a slow start, but has caught fire in recent weeks leading the Panthers to a three game winning streak and a 6 and 9 record. 

No Sweep?: 

New Orleans is trying to avoid getting swept by the Panthers this season.  Carolina took the first match up, and the Saints say regardless of records, the motivation is to get to a respectable 8 and 8 record and a  4 and 2 record in the NFC south.  Coach Joe Vitt called this team one of his all time favorites because of the adversity they've battled this season, and if they can get to even for the season... I think It's fair to say it's pretty commendable after starting 0 and 4.

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12/27/2012 11:16AM
Quick Hits: Saints .500 is better than a losing season
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12/27/2012 1:03PM
Defense will have to step up big time
Cam Newton is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. If the Aint defense can't keep him off the field, they will be in big trouble.
12/27/2012 2:37PM
Garic, you're not picking the Saints to lose again like last week.
12/27/2012 6:33PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Drew Brees is already one of the best Quarterbacks in NFL history and he aint even done yet. So don't call our Saints aints, because a Superbowl winner franchise earned team aint Aints anymore. True Saints fans agree.
12/28/2012 12:04PM
WHAT?? He's avoiding a pick!!
If you scared say you scared Garic!!
12/28/2012 4:16PM
you are absolutley disgusting
noone wants to hear you eating on-air you slob...changing the channel
12/30/2012 7:34AM
Good Article
Good article you should try doing this for a living...
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