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New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton has denied claims that his team are unable to play their best football outside and that they are a "dome" team.

Stats revealed this week that the Saints had only won two games when the temperature outside were below 40 degrees.

In home games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with its closed roof their record is superb and even on the road in general they have an excellent 36-24 record.

When these stats were put to Payton this week ahead of his team's showdown against the Seattle Seahawks he laughed them off as "dumb questions".

Charged with playing a fine Seahawks team in Washington in November means they are likely to be exposed to the elements, but Payton says he is optimistic about his side's chances no matter what the weather is doing.

"One thing that we look at is wind," he said. "That can impact a game a little more than precipitation. ... I think the environment will be extremely loud."

Not only do the Saints face a huge task in taking on a Seahawks side that have lost just once so far, but they will also have to combat the ferocious home crowd at CenturyLink Field.

The practised not only outside ahead of the game, but also with the noise of the crowd replicated over speakers.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson believes the crowd could be a major factor in deciding the outcome of the game.

He said: It is unbelievable how intense the fans are. It is a factor. It is real."

Bot teams go into the game with fine records - they've lost just three times between them - but a win for the home side will put them in a commanding position to claim the 1st seed spot for the NFC divisional round.

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