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Falcons head coach Dan Quinn survived the bye week, but his seat is still toasty

A bad showing against the Saints may end up being curtains for Quinn in Atlanta.

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Falcons fans widely expected head coach Dan Quinn to be fired following a 1-7 start. but he’s still here. There are no guarantees beyond this matchup with the Saints, though, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport said on Sunday’s NFL GameDay broadcast that Quinn’s seat remains toasty despite surviving the bye.

The Falcons start this season’s slate of divisional games on Sunday with a matchup against the Saints in New Orleans. The Saints are easily the Falcons’ biggest rival, and they’re the team most of us would prefer to see the Falcons demolish more than any other team in the NFL — even in a season when that might mean losing some ground in the draft position battle.

The Saints’ trajectory this season is pretty much the polar opposite of the Falcons. They’re 7-1 despite Drew Brees missing several weeks with a dislocated thumb. The New Orleans defense ranks No. 5 in yards allowed per game and No. 4 in the league against the run. They’re tied at No. 10 with 24 sacks — 17 more than the dead-last Falcons have this season.

Vegas sees the Saints as 13-point favorites at home — not shocking, considering the Saints are 4-0 in their Superdome this season. Sure, the Falcons are fresh off of a bye week, but so are the Saints. Matt Ryan’s back, but will he be 100%? And he’ll be playing behind the same line that’s been one of the league’s worst this season, so does it even matter?

You can examine this matchup from every angle, and it’s hard to see a way these Falcons pull off a win. They’re playing a very good team that will be very motivated to beat Atlanta in a very hostile environment.

If this is going to be the game to decide Quinn’s future, it may be the last game of the Dan Quinn era with the Falcons.