The New Orleans Saints' regular-season finale wasn't 30 minutes old and already the questions began.

The Saints barely had enough time to shed their pads after bashing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 42-17, Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before the onslaught commenced.

Can you win on the road?

What do you have to do differently?

How can road Mr. Hyde become road Dr. Jekyll?

The Saints were prepared for the insurgency. They came armed with readymade deflector shields.

"We're going to switch to Green Gatorade," said right tackle Zach Strief, tongue planted firmly in cheek.

"I think we need to have fried chicken on the team plane," tight end Jimmy Graham deadpanned.

Added center Brian de la Puente: "We're on board with whatever coach (Sean) Payton wants to do."

And really it's hard to blame the Saints for their snark. What else is left for them to say at this stage? It is, as athletes love to say, what it is. The Saints' road woes are well documented. Their struggles have been dissected and scrutinized like eighth-grade biology class bullfrogs.

"We know we're going to hear all week how we can't do this," Strief said. "(But) I like our chances. I like the feeling that no one expects you to win. I like putting this team in that position."

Strief will get his wish. The Saints will be decided underdogs at Philadelphia. They have lost five of their past six road games and haven't played particularly well outside the Superdome since Week 5 in Chicago.