Mailbag of the Saints: should fans cheer for Rams or Bears on Sunday night? –


The New Orleans Saints have the chance to conquer the South 2018 NFC championship with a Sunday victory over the buccaneers of Tampa Bay.

For some reason, though, that game was not the best for most of the fans who posted questions for this week's collector. Some focus on the future while others question some of the decisions that the Saints are committing to attack.

Now, on the questions.

Consider the possibilities here. The Rams 11-1 and the Bears are 8-4. If the Saints (10-2) defeated the Buccaneers, one Bears would win the Rams would bring the Saints back into the number one seed with three remaining games – because the Saints beat the Rams in the 9th week – while a Rams victory would be made easier for the saints get a seed of first choice.

The seed number 1 should be the main objective for the saints. Although this year they were equally good on the track at home, all team members would like to have an advantage at home during the playoffs. Fans should not be content with silver. Go for the gold.

Obviously, there would be an advantage for the Saints if the Bears lost because it would create less competition for the seed n. 2. At n. 2, the saints would have had at least one home playoff match.

However, seed number 1 should be the goal, and the Rams could easily win as their remaining games are home against the Eagles, the road against the Cardinals and home against the 49ers.

The list of Bears is slightly tougher after they end up against the Packers before facing the road against the 49ers and the Vikings.

So, let's say that Saints fans should cheer for the Rams on Sunday evening.

Saints center Max Unger provides safety, comfort for Drew Brees in the last 4 seasons

Unfortunately, I do not have any information about the Terron Armstead injury other than what is listed in the injury report.

After missing the previous three games due to a pectoral muscle injury, Armstead returned to practice this week and was restricted Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out on Friday and being excluded for Sunday's match.

I do not want to speculate specifically on Armstead's injuries, but generally, a guy who practices less on Wednesday or Thursday indicates a stop. The other possibility is that Armstead did not feel ready, so the Saints just wanted to give Jermon Bushrod all the repeats on the left tackle and let Armstead rest more. I hope we'll find out more next week.

This is a question I've been discussing for most of this year, and it's again that honestly I do not know. Personally, I hope the Saints re-sign Ingram because I like talking to him, but the NFL is often a ruthless activity.

My instinct tells me that there is a 30% chance that Ingram will return next year, and this is higher than I thought before the start of the season.

I imagine that Ingram would like to finish his career with the Saints, and although the Saints probably want to keep the tandem Boom and Zoom with Alvin Kamara intact, they may not be able to afford to keep Ingram.

Before this season, I thought Ingram was fine in 2019. It's a reasonable deal not to pay a ride back when there's already a young stud and after receiving a suspension to start the year I thought the saints had soured on him.

Then, in the first four games, it became clear that the Saints could not find a suitable substitute, either in the draft or in the free agency, to help Kamara support the workload. Next year, the Saints will have no choice in the first, third or fourth rounds of the draft, so it will be more difficult to find another back, which makes me more inclined to think that Ingram could stay around.

For now, the Saints have $ 15.6 million in cap space for 2019, according to Spotrac, which occupies 28th place in the NFL and does not give them much space to do big business.

Ingram's agreement, however, will probably not be so great just because of the position it interprets. He turns 29 years later this month, and although this keeps him on the right side of the 30, which is when the backs rarely make a lot of money, there will still be hesitant teams to pay for it after eight seasons of use.

The best comparison I've found for Ingram in terms of a potential contract is Marshawn Lynch, which is not apples at all. When he left the year's withdrawal to sign with the Raiders in 2017, Lynch was 31 and had nine years of NFL experience. Oakland gave him a two-year deal, $ 9 million.

With $ 4.5 million a year, Lynch is in 15th place among returns in terms of average annual value. This would be a slight improvement of Ingram's 4 million dollars year for the contract signed in 2015, but Ingram had its best seasons in 2016 and 2017, which is why it should make more than $ 4.5 million # 39; year.

Assuming that Ingram does in the $ 5 million area of ​​the year, the Saints could theoretically afford it with a multi-year agreement that pushes the money in later years. However, with Michael Thomas, Sheldon Rankins, Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk and Alvin Kamara due to potential huge business over the next few years, GM saints Mickey Loomis may not want to keep throwing the jar down the road.

Also, let Ingram let the saints have the chance to acquire a compensatory choice in 2020 according to the other moves.

No, Boston Scott will not take on the role of Ingram next year. If nothing else, Scott is insurance for Kamara more than Ingram.

I think I've said it before, but I do not understand why people are so tall in Scott. It was impressive in the preseason, but when no other team claimed it by renouncing, it should have meant that his performance was not so great. Let it prove before loading the caravan.

I saw Ginn walking around the facility this week, which is probably a good sign that he might come back soon to practice. He continued the injured reserve before the game of the seventh week after having undergone arthroscopic knee surgery. NFL rules require an IR player to play six games before returning to practice and must then practice for two weeks before returning to the games.

Ginn could have already practiced, but the saints should not hurry back. It can still come back later this season or even in the postseason, and considering that Sean Payton said in October that Ginn could return this year, I'm committing myself to what is likely to be the scenario.

Each team can bring two players back from the IR. The Saints have already recalled Tommylee Lewis, but the other options are Ginn or the offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus. We will update you if Ginn is back to practice, but at the moment, the first to play in a game is week 17.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your exaggerated reaction of the week. In the last three weeks, the Saints have scored 48, 31 and 13 points. Two of these results are impressive, and last week's against the Cowboys was poor.

I do not remember anyone – apart from the group of fantastic players – who complained after the Falcons game when Drew Brees launched touchdowns to four unplayed players: Tommylee Lewis, Austin Carr, Keith Kirkwood and Dan Arnold.

Of course, the Falcons game two weeks ago was not the best of the saints who gained 312 yards, but the teams will not publish 500 yards every week, especially against a familiar opponent like the Falcons.

The Saints had a bad game against a robust Cowboys defense. There is no reason to start talking about this as a problem.

As for the Kamara and Ingram thing, I think they were less involved in the passing game because they had to block more with Armstead.

First of all, I'm not a meteorologist. It sounds like a fantastic job, but it leaves a little too much for my taste.

As I write this Saturday afternoon, it really seems that the rain has decreased significantly. According to Accuweather, there is a 46% chance of rain at the time of kick-off in Tampa, although it increases up to 54% a couple of hours later.

The wind would seem to be the biggest problem, and this does not seem so bad either with the projected winds of 10 miles per hour.

It was clever for the Saints to prepare for rain and wind, but they might be lucky to avoid it. However, if the conditions come into play, I think the Saints should be able to win a "ground-and-pound" game. New Orleans is in tenth place in the impact race and first in the precipitous defense. Tampa Bay is 26th in the offensive race and 21st in the race defense.

"It will rain." The Saints are busy for adverse weather conditions this weekend in Tampa Bay

I forgot to ask Sean Payton about the limited use of Taysom Hill against the Cowboys last week. My guess is that the Saints did not want to block the star stellar line in Dallas, but it was still surprising to see him play only seven shots, which were his least since Week 3.

I do not think it was a sign of things to come. I expect Hill to keep playing for about 15 shots per game and heavily at low thirds and in the red zone. Those are the situations where Payton wants to emphasize the defense as much as possible, and while I understand that some people do not want to take the ball out of the hands of Brees, the threat that Hill is on the field has a significant impact on defense, both in terms of game planning that actually defends short-range games.

Again, no. I guess I'll have questions about Marshall every week, but it's just here to learn more. This has become clear now that he has been inactive three games in a row.

Sure, it would be nice for the Saints to have a 6 foot 5 option in the red zone, but they clearly trust the other more receivers at this time. There is no lack of dimensions even with Dan Arnold 6 foot 6, Josh Hill 6 foot 5, Michael Thomas, Benjamin Watson and Keith Kirkwood 6 foot 3 and Tre & Quan Smith 6 feet -2.


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