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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates his touchdown past to tight end Coby Fleener (82) against the New England Patriots in a NFL (National Football League) game at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

Sean Payton spent part of the Saints' morning meeting on Thursday talking to his team about home-field advantage.

The Superdome used to be one of the hardest places to play in the NFL. 

But teams have put a dent in that perception over the past three years. New Orleans is 11-14 since 2014 in the Superdome, a list that includes two losses to this week's opponent, the Detroit Lions. 

"You’ve heard me say this, the better teams play better at home than on the road, and I didn’t realize our 06’ team, which was a pretty good team, was only 4-4 at home,," Payton said. "We kind of went through the history, and we talked about the advantages of playing at home and some of the distractions or challenges when you play at home, but I think that’s something we have to improve on."

For the most part, the Saints believe that good teams take advantage of their home field because those teams are good just about everywhere, but there are a few ways to get the Superdome crowd involved and make life difficult on the Lions.

"If you start fast, then the crowd’s into it and they’re rocking," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. "Create havoc for that opposing offense, make communication tough for them and put them on edge a little bit and then all of a sudden you get a lead, and you’re playing with that confidence and momentum as well."

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