Biggest Questions the Saints Must Answer Before the 2014 NFL Playoffs

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Biggest Questions the Saints Must Answer Before the 2014 NFL Playoffs
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It's funny the complete autonomy you get as a writer after the team you cover is destroyed in a loss. Fans scoff at the mere suggestion of change when their team is winning, but they must be talked off the proverbial ledge after a loss. But what really changes between wins and losses?

The now 10-4 New Orleans Saints were completely demolished by the 6-8 St. Louis Rams by a score of 27-16. But the Saints really didn't do anything different than they normally do.

They incessantly forced the ball downfield into a defensive scheme centered around limiting the pass, they ignored the run—although the Rams did everything but hang a banner that read "Please run the ball!"—and they operated in methodical fashion despite having the personnel to run an uptempo offense.

Yep, the same ol' Saints...

The main difference was the style of opponent (a physical one) and the fact that they were on the road—two scenarios they will undoubtedly face in the playoffs. Now let's not get it twisted; the Saints are a great team. But they are a flawed great team that needs certain circumstances to maintain that status.

The Saints have a myriad of questions they must answer in a short period of time heading into the playoffs. Let's take a gander at the most prominent ones.

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