Chase Irle: The beginning of the end started when the Saints ran over the Falcons on Thursday Night Football to give Atlanta their first loss of the season. It was a sloppy game featuring numerous redzone turnovers and even fumbled snaps, foreshadowing the rest of the season for the Falcons who finished 3-8 down the stretch. On paper, this game looks like a shootout. Drew Brees should have all day to throw in the pocket and Matt Ryan should be able to pick apart the Saints banged-up secondary. However, the Falcons have had trouble scoring in the Super Dome in the Matt Ryan era, and both of these defenses usually step up in this heated rivalry. The problem for Atlanta is Drew Brees at home in New Orleans is almost unbeatable, and he is even more unbeatable when given time. The Falcons have shown no signs of being able to generate consistent pressure and that is not going to change on Monday. Shamefully, Saints win 31-20.
Michael Arkin: The Saints have had the Falcons number ever since Drew Brees arrived. Atlanta lost both of these matchups last season, but things are a little different this time around. The Saints come into this matchup missing 7 total starters. Atlanta, while battling a few injuries of their own, are coming off a huge road win in which Matt Ryan was spectacular. The Saints defense, even at home, should not be able to slow down the Falcons passing attacks. I expect Matt Ryan to play great again, as the Falcons win 34-28.
Shailin Singh: Monday Night Football will be at it’s best in a few days with a division rivalry match between Atlanta and New Orleans. After being swept last year by the Saints, the Falcons should have some extra motivation going into the game, which is extremely important to win, as we are going into a dreadful next few weeks on the schedule.
This week has all of the makings of a shootout with both teams having high flying offenses and subpar defenses. Matt Ryan has been playing stellar so far, and Drew Brees has a history of tearing up the Falcons defense. Hopefully, with Saints CB Delvin Breaux out, Julio Jones will be in for another tremendous game. Brandon Cooks and Willie Snead have been playing great for the Saints so far, but the Falcons easily have the better running offense so far.
Neither team has a good defense at all, with the Falcons having the worst pass rush and the Saints having a vulnerable secondary. Still, expect the Drew Brees to put up great number regardless of the outcome if the Falcons cannot put pressure on him. I do think the Falcons have a very hot offense at the moment and they have extra motivation going into the game, so hopefully they can prepare for Carolina with a win in their minds.
Prediction: 37-27 Falcons