The New Orleans Saints are one of the best teams in football, but the team’s inability to win on the road will pose an unbreakable barrier in the playoffs. While the Saints are undefeated at home this season, New Orleans is 3-4 on the road including losses to the New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams. Even in a league of parity, the Saints always seem to underperform on the road and lose games the team should simply not lose. Will the Saints find a solution to the road woes of late, or will New Orleans be an easy out in the playoffs?
The Saints road woes continued Sunday when New Orleans lost to the Rams in St. Louis. The Saints lost 27-16 in a game that was not as close as the score indicated. Drew Brees was intercepted twice and racked up most of his yardage in garbage time, but he was not the lone reason the Saints suffered defeat. The running game was virtually nonexistent and the defense was gashed throughout the day. Can the Saints rebound from this loss and become title contenders once again?
Brees is among the game’s elite, but he turns into just another quarterback on the road. On the road, Brees’ yards-per-game average drops by 70 and his quarterback rating goes from 122.5 at home to 87.7 on the road. Brees is the leader of the team and his lack of impact has to affect the rest of the team’s performance, so the Saints need Brees to step up his performance.
The Saints’ remaining road game will be one of the toughest tests of the season against the Carolina Panthers. Will New Orleans continue the recent road struggles or start to go forward in a new direction? The Saints are currently the worst road team in the NFL, but a win this weekend could go a long way in improving the Saints’ confidence on the road.
Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93.