Following the Falcons bye week, the gauntlet begins, starting with a road matchup in New Orleans — the favorites to win the NFC South. When this game arrives, we will have a better picture of just how talented the Saints are, and what Drew Brees still has left in the tank. Regardless, New Orleans is always an incredibly tough place to play and win — even when underachieving.
Chase Irle’s Prediction
Like every Falcons fan, I live for games against the scummy Saints. This rivalry has become arguably the most fun in football because it is between two teams that match up well and two fan bases that have genuine disdain for each other. I’m a Falcons fan that went to college at LSU, so nobody knows the rivalry more than me, and there isn’t a team I can’t stand more than the Saints. Unfortunately, they’ve had our number recently, but the Falcons were able to win convincingly in their last matchup in New Orleans.
The Saints have all the pieces to win the NFC South again. That is, if Drew Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Over the last few seasons, he hasn’t looked the same in big games, and I believe if the Falcons can put pressure on him and take away easy completions, they have a fantastic chance to steal one on the road. I’m not a big believer in New Orleans’ defense, even though they have improved, so I don’t think Matt Ryan will have much trouble putting up points as long as the offensive line can protect him. However, this one will come down to who can get more stops, and because of Atlanta’s holes in their secondary, I can’t trust them to win this one away from home.
Falcons 28, Saints 34
Jake Gordon’s prediction
Last year, Atlanta smoked New Orleans on the road. After my favorite game of the year — I mistakenly went to the Thanksgiving game when New Orleans got their revenge. I can’t stand Saints fans. They’re the most obnoxious fanbase in the NFL, and in my experience, the majority of them don’t shower. They cheated their way to one Super Bowl and have choked ever since; then they proceed to cry about it for the next 12 months. Regardless, they’ll take this one in the Superdome. That’s fine though — we got something waiting for them in Week 13.
AINTS – 28 Falcons – 23