Fleener On The Superdome: You're Behind The 8-Ball

Former Saints tight end Coby Fleener explained the challenges that visiting teams face in the Dome

Taz and the Moose
January 14, 2019 - 10:27 am

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The Philadelphia Eagles raced out to a 14-0 lead over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, finding the end zone twice less than 11 minutes into the game.

After that, they didn’t score another point.

Indeed, the Saints reeled off 20 unanswered to beat the Eagles and advance to their first NFC Championship since 2009. They will host the Rams this Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET.

And yes, home-field advantage will be a key factor.

“It’s a really tough environment to go into as a visiting team,” former Saints tight end Coby Fleener said on Taz & The Moose. “From a tight end’s perspective, when you’re at the end of the line and you can’t hear the quarterback, that’s why you’ll see guys reach out and touch the guy next to them, hoping to get some feeling on their movement and stuff like that. It is a really tough thing. You end up being behind the 8-ball right from the snap.”

The Saints beat the Rams, 45-35, in the Superdome in Week 9, as Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. New Orleans will hope for similar production this weekend.

And the dome will be rocking.

“I loved playing at home,” Fleener said, “especially in New Orleans when you have those fans going crazy the entire time and making it challenging on the other team’s offense.”