It has been the same story all year for the New Orleans Saints.
When they play at home, they dominate opponents. On the road, they look like a completely different team. However, when the Saints open the playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 in Philadelphia, they will end their struggles on the road and advance.
We all know that Drew Brees thrives indoors, but freezing temperatures in Philadelphia will not slow down the Saints’ offense.
Brees will face an Eagles pass defense that ranks last in the NFL, giving up 290 yards a game. Although the weather conditions will not be ideal for Brees, you can bet that he will air it out and feed Jimmy Graham the ball.
Over Weeks 16 and 17, the Eagles gave up 220 yards to tight ends Martellus Bennett and Jason Witten.
Graham has had a huge year with 16 touchdowns and 1,215 total yards. He will be a matchup nightmare against the Eagles on Saturday.
The Saints have been awful on the road, suffering bad losses to the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams. However, if the Saints were to pick an NFC team to play on the road, the Eagles have got to be the best matchup.
Who will win this matchup?
The Saints have many options on offense with Graham, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Kenny Stills and Darren Sproles. This will ultimately be too much for the Eagles to handle.
Colston and Meachem are both 6’4" and 6’2", respectively, and the tallest Eagles cornerback is Cary Williams at 6’1".
If the Saints are to put an end to their road woes, they will look to put the ball in the hands of their receivers and pressure the Eagles' secondary.
On defense, the Saints are very good and have made huge improvements from last season.
They only give up 194 yards per game through the air and will pressure Nick Foles during his first playoff appearance to create turnovers.
The Eagles will still put up a lot of points, but the Saints can make enough stops on defense to win the game.
Brees loves to throw the football, so look for him to have 45-50 attempts on Saturday.
Although the Saints have never won a road playoff game, Brees has the playoff experience that Foles does not and will utilize his big receivers to win.
Two of the Saints losses on the road this season came against top defenses such as Carolina and Seattle. While the Saints aren't confident on the road, they will get to face a weak Eagles' defense on Saturday.
Ultimately, the Saints will use their aerial attack to take advantage of a poor Eagles secondary and come out of Lincoln Financial Field with a win.