NEW ORLEANS, Lou. (WLOX) - Fourteen days until the New Orleans Saints kick off. It may not feel like it, but NFL football is nearly here.
The Superdome has been relatively untouched since the winter compared to a normal year, but the Saints returned home Saturday night to get some reps in, and get a feel for what the dome will feel like without fans. Head Coach Sean Payton said the playing surface looked and felt top-notch, but that’s no surprise with a lack of preseason games this year. The Black and Gold have just one win in home openers since 2014 - and the most recent two losses came against Tom Brady and New England in 2017, and the Buccaneers two years ago in 2018. With Brady now in Tampa, the Saints will hope to reverse fortune on September 13th - and the lack of a crowd is not high on the list of concerns, according to coach Payton.
“I don’t what it will be like on game day. I can’t control that. We can’t control that,” Payton said. “What we can control is our energy and our execution when it comes to playing. Will it be different? Certainly it will be. But I think in a season like this, you try to spend more time on the things you can control as opposed to the things you can’t. I think that will be a little bit of getting used to for every team in this league. Again, you’re lining up and playing a sport you love.”