My expectations for this game are not high. I predicted a Falcons win more because I’ve been predicting Saints losses and want to see a Saints loss than any real belief Atlanta’s going to win, because things do not look pretty from a matchup perspective.
The Saints have Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and Tre’Quan Smith back from injury. They’re at home and also rested after their bye week. They’re 7-1 despite trotting out a backup quarterback for weeks, and the Falcons are 1-7 despite having theirs. Divisional mischief aside, you’d struggle to find a compelling reason to pick Atlanta this week, but divisional mischief and oddly close games have been a compelling subplot of this matchup for most of its run.
Hope for the best, then, as you watch the game. Here’s how you can watch (or listen) to it.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints, Week 10
When: Sunday, November 10, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Ronde Barber, Pam Oliver
Radio: 92.9 The Game; Sirius 121, XM 387
Key Questions: Really it’s just, will the Falcons put up a real fight and perhaps even win? Everything else is secondary in a tough road matchup.
Prediction: Falcons win, 34-31 (Note: This prediction is based more on an enduring hatred for the Saints than objective reality)
SB Nation Opposition Site: Canal Street Chronicles
2019 Falcons Schedule (1-7)
Week 1: @Minnesota Vikings — Loss
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles — Win
Week 3: @Indianapolis Colts — Loss
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans — Loss
Week 5: @Houston Texans —Loss
Week 6: @Arizona Cardinals — Loss
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams — Loss
Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks — Loss
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Week 10: @New Orleans Saints — Sunday, November 10, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11: @Carolina Panthers — Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, November 24, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13: vs. New Orleans Saints — Thursday Night Football, November 28, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers — Sunday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 15: @San Francisco 49ers — Sunday, December 15, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, December 22, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 17: @Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)