There's Really No Question About It. The Colts And Saints Need To Shoot For 19-0.
Some people are saying that one of both of these teams "need" to lose, for a variety of inexplicable reasons. Other people think that it's best for them to rest their starters for the playoffs, and let the chips fall where they may.
The bottom line is that for once, Jay Mariotti said it right. No guts, no glory... both of these teams need to finish strong and try to go 19-0.
We saw the Patriots try this in 2007, and they came up short, losing to the Giants in one of the most exciting Super Bowl games of all time. But was it because they unwisely went undefeated in the regular season? Or was it because they failed to make a couple big plays in the Super Bowl, and the Giants did?
If the Colts and Saints are good enough to win the Super Bowl at all, which some people still question, then they should be good enough to win these last few games of the regular season.
The Colts host the Jets and then play at Buffalo in their last two games. The Saints have the Cowboys and Buccaneers at home, and then the Panthers on the road. Out of all of those games, the most difficult game (in my opinion) is for the Saints, when they go to Carolina and play the Panthers. The other games are all against pretty mediocre teams (at best), none of which are playing all that well right now. Would it really break the Colts or Saints to make the effort to win these games? I think not. And if so, then they're probably not the team that they think they are, anyway.
In the end, winning the Super Bowl really isn't that big of a deal. I know, that statement sounds ridiculous. But think about... someone does it every year. An perfect season, however, has only been accomplished once in the history of the league. That is something truly special. In fact, if the Saints or Colts were to go 19-0, that would far surpass the 1972 Dolphins, in my opinion.
Everyone wants a chance to win a Super Bowl, and that's a great accomplishment. But finishing a perfect season is on a completely different stratosphere, and very few teams ever even get the chance to discuss the possibility of it. For the Saints and/or Colts to abandon it at this point would be almost criminal. Go for the gusto, gentlemen. Make history.