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Down the Stretch: A Look at the Remaining 2010 Saints Schedule

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Since the Saints have no game this week and we're left with nothing for us to over-analyze, we've got no choice but to look further into the future at the teams remaining schedule and over-analyze that.

So I've brought up a few talking points about the Saints final seven games and offered a few personal opinions. Definitely want to hear what you guys have to say about all of this. You can also find the full remaining schedule for your convenience after the jump. 

 

Starting Simple

The obvious question: Which game left on the Saints schedule do you think is the toughest? Right now I've got to say playing in Baltimore appears to be the most difficult challenge

Surprise!

Last year it was DeMarcus Ware and the Dallas Cowboys who brought an end to the Saints chances of going undefeated. This season the Saints take on the Cowboys again in their first ever Thanksgiving day game. As the season has progressed and the Cowboys have regressed, the matchup now seems significantly less enticing then when the season first got underway. Based on the current status of both teams, the Saints should have no problem leaving the Big D with a big "W." Just my opinion; you don't have to agree.

But it would be just the Saints luck if the firing of Wade Phillips as head coach and subsequent promoting of Jason Garrett was just what the Cowboys needed to start playing inspired football. Will they get their act together and actually present a challenge for the Saints on Thanksgiving? Or is Dallas really the hot mess we've all seen the first half of the season thus far with no hope for the year? Are there any other games on the schedule that might surprise the Saints?

 

Remaining 2010 Schedule

Seattle Seahawks Sunday, November 21 2010 3:05 PM CST

Dallas Cowboys Thursday, November 25 2010 3:15 PM CST

Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, December 05 201012:00 PM CST

St. Louis Rams Sunday, December 12 2010 3:05 PM CST

Baltimore Ravens Sunday, December 19 2010 12:00 PM CST

Atlanta Falcons Monday, December 27 2010 7:30 PM CST

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, January 02 2011 12:00 PM CST

 

Flex Scheduling

Now that we're getting deeper into the season the NFL has begun it's flex scheduling, which allows them to shuffle game times and move the more important or more significant games into prime time slots. And with only one prime time game currently scheduled against the Falcons, the league might want to think about moving the defending Super Bowl champs into some more viewer-friendly time slots. But which game(s) would they choose? At Baltimore could be a potential Super Bowl preview. The final game against Tampa Bay might have serious playoff implications if they continue to play good football. Your thoughts?


Winning Out

The Saints remaining opponents currently have an average winning percentage of exactly .500. Not too daunting for a team with as much talent as the Saints. But is it possible they could run the table, finishing the season with a 13-3 record for the second year in a row?