Saints aren’t as bad on the road as believed

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There’s a perception that the Saints are a team that often wins at home and wins just enough on the road to periodically make the playoffs. The reality is a bit different.

In the time that Sean Payton has coached the Saints (excluding 2012, when he didn’t), the Saints are 46-43 on the road in the regular season. (They’re 47-43 if you count the win from earlier this season as the visiting team against the Dolphins in London.)

Four years ago, the Saints secured the first, and only, road playoff win in franchise history, toppling the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Saints get a chance to double that amount on Sunday in Minnesota.

They’ll be playing in a dome at a time when the Saints actually are built to compete on the road and in the elements, which will happen next Sunday if the Saints upset the Vikings and the Eagles beat the Falcons. Or maybe, if the Saints win on the road tomorrow, they’ll get to invite the Falcons back to the Superdome for an all-NFC South NFC Championship.

Regardless, the “Saints stink on the road” narrative isn’t accurate, and they could prove that loudly and clearly on Sunday.

It won’t be easy, that’s for sure. The stadium will be loud, perhaps even louder than the “Beastquake” game from seven years ago in Seattle. And the Saints, many of whom don’t have much playoff experience (since the franchise hadn’t been there since 2013) will be experiencing noise that could be deafening when the team is on offense. To advance, they’ll need to overcome the noise, an underrated Minnesota offense, and a Vikings defense that is excellent but not dominant, perhaps because it hasn’t had to be.

27 responses to “Saints aren’t as bad on the road as believed

  1. The fact of the matter is that, just like in 2009, the Saints really don’t need to come out and beat the Vikings outright; they just need to hang around long enough for the Vikings to commit their standard playoffs pratfall, at which point the victory will be gifted to them. Geaux Saints.

  2. Of course you count the London game as a road game. Until the NFL plays in China or Australia, that’s about as far on the road as an NFL team gets. I feel like the entire final four of the NFC is solid this year. Any one of them will make a good representative in the Super Bowl.

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    Neither the Vikings or the Saints bear much resemblance to the teams of previous years. This game drew some interesting reactions from the Vegas crowd. It opened with Minnesota favored by 3.5, which grew to 5. The over-under began at 44.5 but now stands at 46.5.

    PS – Minnesota weather calls for 12° and snow. If this game was outside, I’d give the Saints zero chance of winning.
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  4. So they are not horrible on the road, but that does not make them good on the road either. Payton has be coach since 2006, and during that same time, the Patriots went 64-24 during the regular season (including 2008, the year Brady was out with the knee injury).

    I am not saying they have to be the Patriots, but there is A LOT of room between average and the best.

  5. The Saints are 4 & 4 on the road this year!!! That is not a championship team record. They are an arena league football team! If they had to play 16 games in the outside elements they wouldn’t even be in the playoffs! Arena League team # 1

  6. cascadeplus says:
    January 13, 2018 at 9:20 am
    I’ve been to a Vikings game at their new stadium and the old Metrodome was louder.
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    I’ve been to several games at both stadiums, and US Bank Stadium is definitely louder than the Metrodome.

  7. the Saints are 46-43 on the road in the regular season. (They’re 47-43 if you count the win from earlier this season as the visiting team against the Dolphins in London.)
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    Why wouldn’t you count the London game? It wasn’t played in the superdome

  8. When you are good enough to go 105-71 (in the regular season) overall under Payton, being barely above .500 on the road is not particularly impressive. It isn’t that people think that the team is “bad” on the road, but that they are MUCH worse on the road than at home. Which is true, because they’re REALLY GOOD at home.

  9. Viqeen fans please stop referring to our team as the Aints. That term is so 1980’s. Tsk, tsk, your jealousy is showing.

  10. It’s the ‘Season of Three’ for the Saints. Three games against Carolina, three games against Atlanta, and three trips to Minnesota.

  11. Gypsy Saint says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:41 am
    Viqeen fans please stop referring to our team as the Aints. That term is so 1980’s. Tsk, tsk, your jealousy is showing.

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    While I don’t even care to type your teams crappy name, I will defend those who choose to call you the “Aints”. The only reason your team isn’t called the Aints by the entire world is your cheating coach and D coordinator stole our championship. So if any teams fan base should be allowed to still refer to your team is the Aints I would say it should be ours. Coach suspensions weren’t enough for bounty gate, that title should have an asterisk by it.

  12. The Vikings lost to two teams that the Saints beat the following week. The pressure is on the Vikings in this game which will effect them in the fourth quarter, when Drew takes control and the Saints pass rush gets more intense. Doesn’t matter if this is a road game — it’s in a dome sweet home and the Saints will have more points on the scoreboard at the end.

  13. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:09 am

    I’ve been to several games at both stadiums, and US Bank Stadium is definitely louder than the Metrodome.

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    You must be thinking of the Target Center or Xcel Energy Center. Common mistake.

  14. silentcount says:

    January 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    The Vikings lost to two teams that the Saints beat the following week.

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    Perhaps those 2 teams were “hungover” from playing the Vikings.

  15. The Saints aren’t good on the road. The beat the Rodgers less packers in a game that was close in the 4th quarter. They Beat a 6-10 Dolphins team and then a 9-7 Bills team. Not very impressive.

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