It’s no secret that Sean Payton has been on thin ice since the Saints’ disappointing 2014 season and many were shocked by Tom Benson’s decision to give him yet another chance in 2016. So it’s a safe assumption that if New Orleans has another subpar finish and misses the playoff yet again, Payton’s time with the Saints is probably over.

The 3–4 Saints have been winning by the skin of their teeth this season—the team has won three games by a total of nine points—and one can argue that it should be 2–5, since the Chargers practically handed a game over. New Orleans is leading the league in offensive yards per game, but its defense has given up the fifth-most yards per game.

The Saints’ well-executed Week 8 victory against the Seahawks was a shining moment for Payton—the offense scored on its final six possessions and the defense came up with a crucial stop on Seattle’s final drive. But now the question is whether they can keep the momentum going.

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