Can Saints make a playoff push?

New Orleans must continue renewed commitment to the running game

Originally Published: November 12, 2012
By Khaled Elsayed | Pro Football Focus
Chris IvoryChris Graythen/Getty ImagesChris Ivory has been running effectively for the New Orleans Saints.

Don't look now, but the New Orleans Saints have crept into the NFC playoff picture. Despite an 0-4 start, the bounty scandal and a porous defense, New Orleans is in the hunt -- and that should worry a whole lot of teams in the NFC.

Wins over the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles may not excite many, but on Sunday the Saints beat an impressive Atlanta Falcons team, ending Atlanta's undefeated season. Is it time to start taking New Orleans seriously as a playoff contender?