If the New Orleans Saints want to be Super Bowl champions, Drew Brees and Co. will have to overcome their biggest weakness of all in the playoffs — playing well on the road.
There is not good explanation for why the Saints struggle so much on the road. At this point, it doesn’t matter. All that matters now is that things change — effective immediately in Philadelphia.
Take a look at just how much the Saints have struggled on the road this season, per our friend Mike Triplett over at ESPN:
The Saints (11-5) have to reverse a trend that has gotten uglier as the season has progressed. They finished 3-5 on the road, including three straight road losses in December (at Seattle, St. Louis and Carolina). There’s no great explanation for why the Saints have been such a different team away from home. They’ve struggled to score points and hit on deep passing plays. They’ve turned the ball over too often early in games. And they’ve had trouble stopping the run. All of those things are curable, in theory. But the Saints need to prove it on the field; they came close at Carolina in Week 16 but still managed only 13 points. Weather could be a factor, but early forecasts seem somewhat manageable (temperatures in the 20s or 30s, with no precipitation).
The Saints now get a shot at a weak Eagles defense, but Rob Ryan’s defense will have to contain one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses — all while in a hostile environment dealing with whatever mother nature decides to throw at them.
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