New Orleans Saints: Will fans see Minneapolis miracle 2.0 in 2019?

Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Home in the Dome

Possibly the biggest thing that is different from the Minneapolis Miracle and this year’s matchup is the lack of Minneapolis itself.

Minnesota is definitely a tough place to play because of the Skol loyalists who show up and make some noise, but the Superdome is a trap for noise and any team that shows up to play the Saints.

There isn’t even a question that the black and gold fans will outnumber any purple in the crowd to support the home team. That extra support could make a huge difference in determining the game’s end result, more than any player.

As well as failing to beat winning teams consistently, Cousins has proven to be more rattled when playing in hostile environments. While Cousins is sound in home games with a record of 27 and 17, but in away games the record is practically flipped with a record of 17 and 26.

Consider New Orleans has gone 7-1 in-home postseason games since Brees took over the team’s reigns, this is definitely a high-pressure environment for Cousins.

It’s unfortunate for Cousins that the setting isn’t switched because the Saints have been far less effective on the road in the post-season, but the stage could prove to be an opportunity for him to prove himself an elite QB.

Regardless of individual player statistics or change of scenery for quarterbacks, this game already has a different feel to it.

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Marcus Williams is determined to be different, Kirk Cousins is determined to prove doubters wrong and New Orleans is determined to not provide a real home-field advantage.