Mythbusters: Saints Are Not A Good Road Team

Chris Graythen

Although the New Orleans Saints are 2-0 on the road this season, there seems to be a prevailing thought among media and fans that they are not a good team away from the Superdome.

Fortunately, it's total bulls**t.

The Saints are not a good team on the road. That's a fact. I know this because it's said on television all the time so it must be true. You can even read it on the internet. And it's in newspapers, too. Well, at least I think it's in newspapers because that's what I was told by a friend a mine who actually managed to get his hands on one.

You know, it's kind of funny. Or pitiful, depending on your point of view. Whenever the talking heads on television mention the Saints, they always compliment them on how a team can't beat them at the Superdome. But, it's a backhanded compliment because then they inevitably say, "Once you get them away from that dome, it's a different story," and then they start slobbering all over whatever team they are picking to beat the Saints for that reason.

There's only one problem with that. It's all hogwash.

Year

Record

Home

Away

Outside

2006

10-6

4-4

6-2

4-2

2007

7-9

3-5

4-4

2-3

2008

8-8

6-2

2-6

1-5

2009

13-3

6-2

7-1

5-1

2010

11-5

5-3

6-2

4-2

2011

13-3

8-0

5-3

3-2

2012

7-9

4-4

3-5

2-4

2013

5-0

3-0

2-0

2-0

All Years

74-43

39-20

35-23

23-19

Payton

67-34

35-16

32-18

21-15

Note: The Cowboys play in a Stadium with a hole in the roof. Those games were not included in the "Outside" column but that would be three more victories because the Saints are 3-0 on the road in Dallas during the Payton era. The totals since 2006 have been separated because of the BountyFarce nonsense of 2012.

The Saints road record of 35-23 is almost equal to their home record of 39-20. In 4 of their past 7 seasons the Saints had a better road record than home record. Wait....what? And look at their record outside where the Saints are supposed to be absolutely horrible. Although not as spectacular as when they're playing inside a dome, they do have a winning record when they play outside in the elements.

But hey, that's what you would expect from an "elite" football team that has remained consistent winners under Sean Payton since 2009. When you're a good football team you can win anywhere.

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