Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) signals during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
In a few short hours from now, the New Orleans Saints will face the Kansas City Chiefs in what is widely believed to be one of the more difficult stadiums for visiting teams to play: the iconic venue known Arrowhead Stadium — which famously broke the Guiness World Record a few years ago as “the loudest stadium on earth”.
This is a key game for New Orleans, winners of two straight, to climb back into a legitimate conversation as a playoff contender within the NFC.
It’s a key game for the Andy Reid-led Chiefs as well, if they hope to keep pace with the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders in the AFC West.
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Reid and Sean Payton are no strangers to each other, and faced one another quite a bit during Reid’s tenure as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Surprisingly, given their history, New Orleans has come up with some solid performances in hard to play venues within the last few years.
Victories in Philadelphia (2014 playoffs), Pittsburgh (Nov ’14), and Carolina (Oct ’14) come to mind, as well as hard fought close losses in New England (Oct ’13) and Carolina last season.
To pull off an upset victory in Arrowhead Stadium today, the Saints will need to play a much different kind of game then the thriller that we saw in last week’s victory over the Panthers.
Here are a few things to keep an eye on as the game unfolds that will likely determine if New Orleans emerges with a three game winning streak.
And we start with this one………