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Saints News, 12/30/13: Can The Saints Win On The Road vs. Eagles?

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The 2013 Saints' road struggles are well known. This is the biggest reason why they lost the division title and a first round bye in the playoffs. Now they must prepare as the 6th seed in the NFC playoffs to take on the Philadelphia Eagles this Saturday night. Can they figure out this bad road mojo and advance to the next stage of the playoffs vs. the Seattle Seahawks? That's the most prominent topic of discussion already this week. The Saints are actually changing the color of their road Gatorade as part of their strategy for winning in Philly this week.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton says the team has at several different changes for road woes. And yes, all he did was repeat the food and drink changes</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/417764036948660224">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton says he will seriously change the Gatorade to green. Sticking with the routine won&#39;t work he says</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/417764481049956353">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Call me crazy but I like all the shit about changing Gatorade colors and beefy mac sauce or whatever. We know this shit is a mental issue.</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/417765496658735104">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>You never know, maybe if you change enough stuff about the routines subconsiously it&#39;ll sink in. Pop psych BS maybe but what else can you do</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/417765693333843968">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Gatorade, etc. is dumb, yes but ultimately by joking about it they&#39;re acknowledging that it&#39;s a real problem. First step, etc.</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/417765992077340672">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Superstitions might be stupid but athletes are superstitious and we already know the road problems are stupid as hell, so why not</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/417766412011069440">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I actually like the loosened up approach Payton is taking with the road woes. It’s a mental thing now and needs to be shaken up.</p>&mdash; Publicly Fuming (@JuanScroates) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuanScroates/statuses/417765659255513088">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rookie <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS">@KSTiLLS</a> finished the regular season with an <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a>-best 20.0 yds per catch average <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/417765039139860481">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> coach Sean Payton says Philly&#39;s uptempo style is very difficult to prepare for. Will be key for scout team to give good look in prax</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/417763649684402176">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> RB Pierre Thomas &quot;Not worried about the cold, I&#39;m from Chicago. I played in games way under zero (degrees).</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/417762514869698560">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16">@LanceMoore16</a>: Hingle McKringleberry was out lol s/o <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS">@KSTiLLS</a> <a href="http://t.co/D3dxwSqYdU">pic.twitter.com/D3dxwSqYdU</a>" Just saw this skit today. Hilarious</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/statuses/417761018731700224">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just got my Saints playoff tix in the mail. What a waste of paper.</p>&mdash; Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsCSC/statuses/417760841476235264">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>For those asking whether Peyton Manning&#39;s passing yards might be adjusted, I don&#39;t know if league is specifically looking into it. But ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/417759721982922753">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>... typically those adjustments are made by mid-week after Elias Sports Bureau reviews game tapes.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/417759821941592064">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Updated photo galleries from yesterday: &#10;Game: <a href="http://t.co/MDXwILcAjg">http://t.co/MDXwILcAjg</a>&#10;Fans: <a href="http://t.co/sfk5NKe9Kw">http://t.co/sfk5NKe9Kw</a>&#10;Saintsations: <a href="http://t.co/nxclJbOcBc">http://t.co/nxclJbOcBc</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/417754396898758656">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former Bears HC Lovie Smith is considered the favorite for the Buccaneers HC job, based on multiple league sources.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/417747726122881025">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Excellence in small unimportant things leads to excellence in big important things. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BrickByBrick&amp;src=hash">#BrickByBrick</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/417742110553415680">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> 2014 away opponents: NFC South, Bears, Browns, Lions, Steelers, Cowboys</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/417732467152281600">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> 2014 home opponents: NFC South, Ravens, Bengals, Packers, Vikings, 49ers</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/417731515783462913">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The NFL is taking away Peyton&#39;s yardage record just like they&#39;re restoring the Saints&#39; lost draft picks from Bountygate.</p>&mdash; Reid (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/417716286550835202">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to Jeffrey Roberts from Alabama! He is the winner of Steve&#39;s Mustang! Thanks to all who entered! <a href="http://t.co/sCIPkD9fSK">pic.twitter.com/sCIPkD9fSK</a></p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/statuses/417713382964613120">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL first: 2 QBs from same high school will face each other in playoff game. Brees + Foles both went to Austin (TX) Westlake.</p>&mdash; Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gil_Brandt/statuses/417711620844826625">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tim Tebow signed for three years with ESPN. Left option open to pursue QB career.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/417769881233526784">December 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints Prepare for Eagles

Can Saints finally take this show on road? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints have a well-defined strategy in place for improving their fortunes on the road now that they'll have to leave th

Where the New Orleans Saints rank: Playoff edition - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints (11-5) finished fourth in the NFL in both offensive and defensive yards -- completing their remarkable defensive turnaround. L

How the Saints and Eagles compare | wwltv.com New Orleans
Now the real season begins.
The Saints surely would have loved to get into the postseason with a home game in hand, but they’ll take the berth they got and play wherever they must.

Changing the recipe: Saints focus on what they can control now | wwltv.com New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — Zach Strief and Curtis Lofton both blame the red Gatorade for their road woes. Malcolm Jenkins thinks it’s a beefy mac recipe that’s light on sauce. Others think there should be different food on the plane. Still others would rather travel in suits instead of warm-ups.

Surprisingly similar New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles seem to be separated at playoff berth | NOLA.com
I'm a lifelong Philly guy experiencing my first full season in Saints territory. Who knew moving away would feel like coming home?

New Orleans Saints Fact of the Day
Playoff history in the spotlight

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Eagles Prepare for Saints

Kelly on NFL trends, Brees, short week - Philadelphia Eagles Blog - ESPN
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Chip Kelly likes to create the impression he barely knew there was a National Football League up until the moment he acce

Chip: The challenge is Drew Brees
"The challenge is Drew Brees," Kelly said, when asked about the Saints. "He's just so talented."

Eagles open as 2.5-point favorites over Saints, and ticket purchase information
The first NFL playoff point spreads are out, and the Eagles opened as 2.5 point favorites for Saturday night's wild card round game at home against the Saints.

Eagles To Face Saints In Wild Card

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Other Saints News

New Orleans Saints 2014 opponents
The New Orleans Saints will face teams from the AFC North and NFC North in 2014

Is Peyton Manning's Single-Season Yardage Record A Lie?
Drew Brees held the NFL record for most passing yards in a single season with 5,476 yards, and Peyton Manning broke that yesterday in the second quarter with 5,477 during a rout of the Raiders. Or did he?

Forecast: Forget the road ahead, Saints perfection at home pretty special | wwltv.com New Orleans
On a crazy final Sunday to the NFL season, where most of the games with playoff implications were going down to the wire, the New Orleans Saints game versus Tampa Bay had all the drama of a bug fighting against an 18-wheeler on the interstate.

New Orleans Saints win prompts Mona Lisa and MoonPie to bump its King/Queen Party to Friday | NOLA.com
The New Orleans Saints 42-17 win Dec. 29 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and subsequent postseason trip to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles this Saturday night at 7 p.m. has prompted the Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie to reschedule its Jan. 4 King/Queen Party. The Mona Lisa and MoonPie celebration has been bumped to Jan. 3, 7 p.m., at Patton's. The krewe and friends are invited to join in applauding the crowining of Queen Mona Lisa Kim Bergeron and King MoonPie Kevin Foltz. Krewe embers get in free, and guests will pay only $5. Memberships will be available at the door. Featured will be great food, live music, and a cash bar. Submit information for the north shore Carnival Gems to cwolfram@nola.com.

Saints Get Major Confidence Boost With Win Over Buccaneers
Saints Get Major Confidence Boost With Win Over Buccaneers

Terron Armstead Has Quiet Day vs. Buccaneers
Terron Armstead Has Quiet Day vs. Buccaneers

Safety Roman Harper Named Morton’s The Steakhouse Community Player of the Week
Harper participated in the Saints’ Progressive Recycling Program

Upon Further Review: Buccaneers-Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
NFL news, commentary, scores, stats, standings, audio and video highlights from ESPN.

Saints’ Brees reaches 5,000 yards for third straight season | Black and Gold

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NFL News

Detroit Lions fire coach Jim Schwartz after five seasons | NOLA.com
Lions finished 7-9 after 6-3 start to the season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fire coach Greg Schiano, general manager Mark Dominik | NOLA.com
The Buccaneers went 11-21 in two seasons under Schiano

Mike Shanahan out in Washington | ProFootballTalk
As widely expected, Mike Shanahan is out in Washington. Shanahan and his staff were officially fired this morning, the Washington Post first reported and the team has now announced.

Signs accumulating that Texans "closing in" on O’Brien | ProFootballTalk
While it's short of what you might call a traditional "report," the strongest indication to date that the Texans are about to get their man has surfaced.

Rams are interested in trading out of No. 2 pick | ProFootballTalk
Eufaula, Alabama is not a particularly big town, but two of its products had an impact on the top of the 2014 NFL Draft. As Peter King points out in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Rams General Manager Les Snead spent some of his Sunday watching fellow Eufaula native Jerrel Jernigan score ...

Tomlin says a "lot of work needs to be done" regarding officiating | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, the Steelers missed the playoffs due in part to a blown call at the end of the Chiefs-Chargers game. On Monday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin commented on the officiating errors, both specifically and generally.

NFL acknowledges officiating error on Chiefs’ field-goal try | ProFootballTalk
Bill Levy giveth. And Bill Leavy taketh away. The same referee whom many regard as the man who helped deliver the Super Bowl XL trophy to the Steelers via multiple bad calls for which he eventually expressed regret led the crew that cost the Steelers a chance to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Video

Video: Can the New Orleans Saints win outdoors? - NFL Videos
Mike Martz discusses what the New Orleans Saints will have to do differently in order to succeed outdoors in their Wild Card Matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Video: Ben Grubbs: "Happy to get this win"
New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs speaks with Sean Kelley after the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, December 29, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)

Video: Cameron Jordan talks about win vs Bucs, playoffs
New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan speaks with Sean Kelley after the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, December 29, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)

Video: Drew Brees after the Buccaneers game
Raw video of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees after the team's win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, December 29, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)