The New Orleans Saints are 2-2. After a disastrous start to the season, they fought their way back to .500 and have gained some momentum in the process. To keep that momentum going as they fight for a playoff spot, they need to start winning the games on their own turf. In other words, they need to turn the Mercedes-Benz Superdome into the fortresses it once was.
For the last three years, an inability to win at home has been one of the team’s greatest weaknesses. After going 8-0 in 2013, which eventually led to a playoff berth, the Saints have not had a winning season at home. They went 3-5 in 2014, 4-4 in 2015, 4-4 in 2016, and they are 0-1 after a 36-20 defeat against the New England Patriots. That means that the record since the 2013 season is 11-14. That is absolutely horrible when you consider that teams used to fear to go on the road against the Saints for years.
Being a playoff team starts with winning your games at home. You need to have an edge every time you play in front of a home crowd, and the Saints have lacked that edge for some time now. If they can regain it, then they could make a run for the NFC South crown and make the playoffs after an extended absence.
The Saints play the Detroit Lions at home on Sunday. and it's the perfect opportunity for Sean Payton’s team to turn things around. The Lions have come out victorious in the last two meetings in the Superdome, and have won three straight since 2014. However, with a Saints win, the team could really show the rest of the league that winning in the Superdome will be a much tougher task than in previous years. This would also put the team at 3-2 going into one of the most important games of the season against the Packers in Green Bay.
If the Saints can win their games at home, the playoffs will most likely come back to New Orleans. Let's see if they can go on a run and turn the Superdome back into that scary place it once was.