Despite an ugly loss to the St. Louis Rams, the New Orleans Saints are still in the thick of the playoff race and can finish anywhere from the No. 1 to No. 6 seed—or miss the postseason completely.
One thing we do know about the Saints—they are a bit of a young team and must do much to play better on the road. Coach Sean Payton explained how the youth, road games and ability or lack thereof to capitalize on momentum shifts has hurts the team this year, via the team’s official site:
“We were just talking about that subject. A good example was Atlanta Thursday night where our first series we were three and out and then they’re able to drive the ball and score. We feel behind 7-0, but a critical juncture in that game, be in the first quarter was that drive we had to tie it up. I think how the game starts off and I do think it’s a younger team and it’s not any one specific player, but I think momentum or us being able to answer the call when that momentum shifts (is important) because in our league that’s pretty common when momentum goes back and forth. Obviously when you’re home, you have that other element with the crowd noise and the other things working to your advantage. I think the example of Atlanta and us being able to tie the game up and go ahead, I think that you can’t take for granted that it’s the same team as you had in years past. It’s a different team for the most part if you look at the overall roster.”
It’s an interesting take — At times it is easy to forget how young the team truly is because most of the spotlight goes to veterans such as Drew Brees.
But the Saints have to figure this out. The way it looks now, a Super Bowl berth won’t be happening unless the Saints can win in a place like Seattle.
New Orleans has two games to figure things out.
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