Can The Saints Win A Playoff Game On The Road?

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“Finish strong”. An expression that doesn’t really suits the 2013 Saints, who sit now in second place in the NFC South with a 10-5 record after starting the season 5-0. Basically we screwed up every chance we had to get one of the top two seeds (and that would have guaranteed a home playoff game but that’s too easy, we wanna do it the hard way). Blame it on the players, on the coaches, on the weather but it is what it is. I’m not trying to jinx it but the Saints should be able to get into the playoffs by winning the remaining home game against the Bucs next Sunday (and if they don’t I don’t believe they deserve to be in the playoff). So, presuming that they make it to the postseason, they have to play away from home.

Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago and Green Bay are still in the mix for the #3 and #4 seeds and the result of those games (Eagles @ Cowboys, Packers @ Bears) will decide who the Saints will face comes January. There’s a good chance the Saints will play outdoors and they are 2-4 in games played outdoors and away from home so far.

Quick notes I feel like adding:

- the offensive line plays horribly on the road

- Brees is throwing too f****** many interceptions (9/12 away from the Superdome)

- the defense is good even if some key players went down (Greer, Vaccaro)

- Sean Payton please stop it with those screens, EVERYBODY (even I) CAN SEE THEM COMING

Keep in mind these and have your say Who Dat Nation:

Can The Saints Win A Playoff Game On The Road?

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Topics: 2013 NFL Playoffs, Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Saints Defense, Sean Payton

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  • Evan Koch

    They can win a playoff game on the road. If they have to go to Dallas or Chicago, does anyone legitimately think that they won’t win the game? Those are two teams with atrocious defenses and weak homefield advantages. The Saints have also gone up against some of the best defenses in the NFL on the road this year and if they have to go to Carolina in the playoffs, I believe they will win the game because they dominated this game statistically and even held the Panthers to 0/9 on third downs which is something they’ve struggled with in other road games.

  • Evan Koch

    Also, on your comment about screen passes, they have had a lot of success with screens and are one of the best teams in the NFL at executing them, but Payton has to commit to the run more for them to be truly effective. The Saints ran the ball well against the Panthers and inexplicably didn’t give Ingram more touches when he obviously had the hot hand. I am not worried about Brees when it comes to playoff games. He has thrown 22tds and only 4ints in his playoff career and has had some great games on the road even when they did lose. He’s bound to get a road win if he keeps playing THAT well.

    • Federico Ferrari

      I agree on your comment about screen passes, it was a provocative statement to fire up the discussion about the (sometimes) questionable playcalling of last game.
      I know Brees put up good numbers as you pointed out but honestly I’m a bit concerned about how he threw those INTs, especially in the last two games.