Saints scoreboard watching on Sunday, face Colts on Monday Night Football

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The New Orleans Saints didn’t do themselves any favors by losing to the San Francisco 49ers considering the NFC road to the Super Bowl no longer runs through the Big Easy.

That means they’re going to need some help in order to lock down that one-seed and even a first-round bye.

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As it stands now, the Saints would be playing on Wild Card Weekend if the season ended prior to week 15 but it doesn’t.

So, while it’s all about controlling what they can control, the team’s second Monday Night Football game of the season presents a unique opportunity for players to keep tabs on the rest of the league.

When it comes to scoreboard watching, there are two schools of thought. Quarterback Drew Brees said, “It’s hard to watch it as a fan. I think I’m cursed for life. I don’t watch football as a fan. You’re always analyzing and especially the NFL game because you either played the team or you might play the team or you’re just a fan and you’re just interested in what they’re doing. Maybe it’s different, it’s unique and there’s things that you could draw from that.”

Cornerback Marshon Lattimore said, “We’re going to worry about Monday. We’re not worried about anybody else. We only can control what we can control, and we’re just going to worry about the game and don’t get caught up in seeding. Of course you want to be one or two, but we only can control what we can control so it’ll all fall into place. We’ve just got to keep winning.”

Drew Brees is just three touchdown passes away from breaking Peyton Manning’s all-time record ahead of Monday’s game against Manning’s old team, the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning is at 539, Brees at 537, and Tom Brady at 536. The race is on.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.