To America, today was Thanksgiving. But for the Saints, it was also another day of preparation for their task up ahead, in the 10-1 Seattle Seahawks.
The Saints need all the practice time they can get. After all, they'll face the league's best team on Monday Night Football in one of the most hostile places to play in America, where the talent on the field, the crowd in the stands and the conditions in the city make it one of the best home field advantages in the NFL.
Saints head coach Sean Payton is well aware of what awaits the team on Monday night.
"It's a passionate fan base and you hear the stadium is built in a way that keeps the sound in. And you know, it's a neat part of the country as well. You come in, you land at a smaller airport, I think it's Boeing, you see the water. So each trip we take somewhere else there's something different about it but right now especially. Throw on top of it a team that's really playing well, one of the top teams in the league, and that's something that you've seen take place over a period of time."
To help with those conditions, the Saints took practice outdoors this week where the chilly temperatures here in New Orleans helped to provide at least some preparation of what's to come in Seattle.
"I'm sure by the time we play, it'll be in the thirties or low forties. So having that similar environment two days ago and to some degree cooler weather today is helpful," quarterback Drew Brees noted. "It's close temperature-wise, and the fact that it's a little moist. I guess that's what you expect when you go up to the northwest."