Week 10 of the NFL season is more then half the way over, and playoffs are right around the corner. Contenders (Saints) have risen up, and preseason favorites (Falcons) have turned out to be pretenders. The New Orleans Saints (7-1) host the Atlanta Falcons (1-7) in a NFC South showdown, Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The rivalry between these two teams dates back decades, and has become one of the best in sports.
After a disappointing (7-9) season decimated by injury last year the Falcons had high expectations coming into this season, but after a slow start the hope has faded away. The Falcons defense is bottom of the league allowing the 5th most points and 7th most yards. Their offense has played much better than the defense, and their passing offense is the one bright spot on the team as they boast the best in the league. It’s not surprising they have the best passing attack when the team is always playing catch up. With little chance of making the playoffs the team is mostly playing for pride and saving Dan Quinn’s job, but unless they beat all odds and win out this will be Quinn’s last year.
As the Falcons are on their way down, the Saints are heading in the opposite direction. The Saints have shown this season they are the most complete team in the league, and have handled everything that has come their way. In the absence of the 2 best play makers, this team kept going like the well oil machined they are. Drew Brees returned last week with no sign of ever being injured and lit the Arizona Cardinal defense up, and this week the team expects both Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook back. This offense being at full strength will be scary against a very suspect Atlanta defense/ secondary. The Saints defense is playing at an elite level, and ranks 5th in the league right now. Every week they just get better and better.
No matter the records when these teams meet up they want to kill each other and come away with the win. When these teams meet up you can almost expect anything that could happen will. So once again it’s come that time of week that we take a look in the crystal ball, and see what madness to look forward to.
Drew Brees has a big game.
In his return last week Brees threw for almost 400 yards against a superior defense to the Falcons, and this week Brees will have a healthy offense to work with. 28-33 317 yards 3 TDs
Ted Ginn will make some big plays.
The Saints and Michael Thomas can expect bracket coverage on him allowing other players to free up. Ginn should be able to take advantage of that. Some of the best game by Ginn has all come against the Falcons. I don’t see any reason why this would not happen again. 5/97 1 TD
Marshon Lattimore shuts down Julio Jones.
After a slow start by Lattimore he has really come to life and shown why he is one of the best in the league. Not only will Lattimore shut down Jones, he will also grab himself a pick.
Cam Jordan takes advantage of a very bad O Line.
I put this one in here as a tip of the cap to Tyler McLatchy (managing editor AllSaintsConsidered.com). Earlier this week Tyler tweeted out about the match up, and that Cam will have a big game. The Falcons drafted 2 O lineman in the draft to try to improve one of the weakest spots on the team. So far the investment has not paid off and Cam Jordan will show why with multiple sacks.
The fans at the Dome will be a huge factor.
There is no doubt the Dome will be rocking with the dirty birds coming to town. If there is one a game a year to look forward to as a Saints fan it is this game. The crowd will be responsible for several penalties and miscommunication. This will be one game Matt Ryan wished he would have rested.
The entire month of November the Saints will face NFC South opponents. By the end of the month if all goes well the Saints should have the division wrapped up. Next week the Saints will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers for their second match up of the season.
Saints 37 Falcons 20 WHODAT!!!