Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Eagles

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Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) signs autographs for fans prior to kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Come Out Swinging, Don’t Get In A Hole, Stay Aggressive – In Other Words, ‘Smart’ Football

‘The Saints just don’t play well on the road,’ is what we’re now forced to hearing when it’s time for the team to travel. The phenomenon based primarily on a season of play spreads like wild-fire. Oh, we know that it’s a cold weather game, and that’s also our kryptonite.

In every loss this season, which has been on the road, the Saints have lacked one thing: A halftime lead.

  • New England (17-7)
  • NY Jets (20-14)
  • Seattle (27-7)
  • St. Louis (24-3)
  • Carolina (7-6)

The story remains the same in their road playoff history, where they are 0-5.

The Saints found themselves in a hole during the 2011 Wild Card game against the 49ers, going down 17-0, but battled back to cut the lead to 17-14 by halftime. However, the five turnovers by the Saints were the killer. Against the Seahawks in 2010, the Saints got off to a strong start, going up 17-7, but would find themselves trailing 24-20 at the half, and would surrender two third quarter scores which would have them play from a 34-20 deficit. In 2006 against the Bears, the Saints trailed 16-0, and would get a late touchdown to trail 16-7, and commit four turnovers.

Drew Brees has echoed loudly that the they can’t let the crowd get into the game, and he’ll play a key part in making sure this happens. In road losses, Brees and the team have turned the ball over, which has killed the team. Brees will need the game of his life to lead the team to a victory.

You’ll see what I mean with Brees’ numbers in losses.

OUTCOME CMP ATT YDS CMP% AVG LNG TD INT SACK RAT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
IN WINS/TIES 307 425 3,723 72.2 8.76 76 32 5 23 119.0 28 26 0.9 13 2
IN LOSSES 139 225 1,439 61.8 6.40 60 7 7 14 77.6 7 26 3.7 16 1

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