Well, it’s what we’re all wondering as Week 10 is here and the Falcons are still searching for signs of life after a catastrophic campaign.
The easy answer to this is “probably not,” with New Orleans on fire at 7-1 and effectively going perfect with Teddy Bridgewater filling in while Drew Brees was sidelined with a thumb injury.
This going to burn your soul, but the Saints have a very good shot at making the Super Bowl this season. They are close behind the San Francisco 49ers and have much, much more playoff experience than that team.
It might make you gag, but they could go all the way this year.
Atlanta, on the other hand, is going to end its season in December and may face wholesale changes for its staff. It’s a dispiriting difference for two teams that hate each other so much, and Sunday might bring a dour reminder of both situations in the worst possible way.
The game is in New Orleans, which won’t help matters. The Falcons have not won a game in the Big Easy since September 2016 (what a glorious night it was) and have, well, gotten trounced in the trips down to the Superdome ever since then.
The team gets Matt Ryan back off of his ankle injury and has had a bye week to sort things out, and, obviously, a win Sunday would be monumental. It would signal Dan Quinn has, somehow, gotten this team to play toe-to-toe with one of the league’s best teams and would take a flaming seat and put out just a few of the flames.
But if the team gets blown out by...them...then it’s another reminder that this broken machine might not be able to be fixed until the offseason.
It’ll also sting with the pain of a thousand paper cuts for who’s on the slate. Losing to the Saints is bad enough at it is when the team is actually good. When they’re bad and the Saints are good, it’s a nightmarish landscape of ruin and gnashing of teeth.
We’ll see how this all shapes up when the big rivalry game commences once more Sunday.