Related Articles

New Orleans Saints Game Day Update 12 19 2010

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints play the Baltimore Ravens in an inter-conference matchup that has playoff implications. Both the New Orleans Saints and the Ravens are in the playoff hunt for their respective conferences and divisions. The New Orleans Saints are at 10 -3 and are second in the NFC South and lead the teams in the wildcard hunt. The New Orleans Saints are currently riding a six game winning streak. They still need to keep their winning ways to insure a playoff spot. If they lose two of their last 3 games they could be watching the playoffs from home. The New Orleans Saints trail the Falcons by one game as a result of their loss against the Falcons in week 3 of this season. The Falcons would have to lose their final 3 games for the New Orleans Saints to be able to lose 2 of their last 3 and not be out of the playoffs. The best way for the New Orleans Saints to make sure and have a playoff spot is to win out.

New Orleans Saints Game Day Update 12 19 2010
New Orleans Saints Game Day Update 12 19 2010

Still if the New Orleans Saints win today against the Ravens and the Bucs lose against the Lions and either the Giants lose against the Eagles or the Packers lose against the Patriots or the Bears lose against the Vikings the New Orleans are in the playoffs.
The Ravens have an easier route. The Ravens can clinch a spot with these scenarios:
1. A win today and a Colts loss or tie and a Charger loss or tie OR
2. A win today and a Colts loss or tie and a Dolphins loss or tie and a Chiefs loss or tie OR
3. A tie today and a Dolphins loss or tie and a Charger loss and a Colts loss
The New Orleans Saints offense presents problems for most of the league’s defenses. The New Orleans Saints have so many weapons that when they are in sync they are almost impossible for defenses to match up against. The Ravens defense has started to show its age but is still a formidable defense. They looked their age against the Texans at the end of the game last Monday night. A great play during overtime saved the Ravens from an embarrassing loss. The Ravens defense gave up a 28 – 7 lead to allow the game to go into overtime.
The Ravens will have to rely on their running game against the New Orleans Saints in order to allow their defense to rest and keep the New Orleans Saints offense off of the field. The New Orleans Saints Defense is ranked 5th against the pass and 17th against the run. This is why running the ball makes more sense for the Ravens.
Here is the injury report for both teams:
New Orleans Saints
Courtney Roby WR Head Did Not Participate In Practice Out, David Thomas TE Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out, Chris Ivory RB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable, Tony Hargrove DT Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable, Malcolm Jenkins S Rib Full Participation in Practice Probable, Tracy Porter CB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable, Jeremy Shockey TE Groin Full Participation in Practice Probable, Zach Strief T Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable, Remi Ayodele DT Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Probable, Jermon Bushrod T Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Probable, Jonathan Vilma LB Quadricep Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Baltimore Ravens
Todd Heap TE Thigh Did Not Participate In Practice Out, Tom Zbikowski S Back Did Not Participate In Practice Out, Le’Ron McClain RB Illness Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable, Willis McGahee RB Illness Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable, Tavares Gooden LB Calf Full Participation in Practice Probable, Derrick Mason WR Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable, Fabian Washington CB Thigh Full Participation in Practice Probable

The game starts at noon on 12 19 2010 and is being played outdoors in Baltimore.
WHO DAT!

New Orleans Saints