The Saints are bad. They’re not bad in terms of wins or losses or even in terms of overall talent, but they are nonetheless bad. They’re a team filled with pompous coaches and players who always seem to buy fully into their media-fueled hype right up until the moment when they inexplicably crater in the playoffs, one of the rare joys in the lives of Falcons fans of late. They stink and I hate them.
That important preamble aside, we’re now at the point where the Falcons get to actually play the Saints and hopefully ruin their day in New Orleans. The Falcons haven’t been great this year and their season is hanging by a thread, if it’s even remotely appropriate to think of them sneaking into a final playoff spot, but their opportunity to play spoiler in the NFC South is robust and immediate. They can start by knocking off a Saints team coping with some injuries, including to quarterback Drew Brees.
The Saints won’t lack for motivation to win at home, but hopefully that won’t matter at all. Here’s what you need to know for the game ahead, which will hopefully end with a Falcons victory we can enjoy for the rest of the season, regardless of how things may go.
When: Sunday, November 22, 1 p.m EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Notsosuperdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Will Jameis Winston be a Falcon killer as the starter for the Saints like he often was for the Buccaneers? Are the Saints going to be healthy enough to be close to full strength? Will the Falcons have Calvin Ridley back? Is Atlanta as capable of playing a close, competitive game as they have been against lesser lights in recent weeks?
Prediction: Am I buying into a second straight year with a post-bye victory over the Saints? Yes. Does that make me an impossible homer or a simple Saints hater? Possibly, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Falcons 34 - Saints 31
SB Nation Opposition Site: Canal Street Chronicles
2020 Falcons Schedule (3-6)
Week 1: Loss vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: Loss at Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: Loss vs. Chicago Bears
Week 4: Loss at Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Loss vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 6: Win at Minnesota Vikings
Week 7: Loss vs. Detroit Lions
Week 8: Win at Carolina Panthers
Week 9: Win vs. Denver Broncos
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: vs. New Orleans Saints — Sunday, November 22, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: vs. Las Vegas Raiders — Sunday, November 29, 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: at New Orleans Saints — Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: at Los Angeles Chargers — Sunday, December 13, 4:25 p.m.
Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 20, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs — Sunday, December 27, 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, January 3, 1:00 p.m.