It’s time for the Falcons to play the Saints. If you’re like me, you greet every single one of these games with a mix of anticipation and anxiety, and this one leans more heavily toward the latter than the former.
A loss here has few consequences for the Falcons beyond an improvement in draft position and an all-but-final knell for their playoff hopes, but the spiritual costs of losing to a team you hate this much are pretty severe. Similarly, a win doesn’t do a whole lot for Atlanta expect make our Sunday sweeter and build that all-time win-loss record back up one game. Totally worth it, in my opinion.
Anyways, use this as your open thread for today, and go Falcons!
Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, Week 13
When: Sunday, December 6, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: The biggest one is whether the Falcons will be able to counter a very successful Saints defense putting pressure on Matt Ryan and clamping down hard on Atlanta’s receivers, but we also want to know if Julio Jones will be healthy and if the Falcons can stop Taysom Hill from running roughshod over them.
Prediction: That Raiders win was more or less the polar opposite of the Saints loss, in that it was unexpectedly great instead of unexpectedly truly putrid. I want to believe Atlanta’s going to win this one but I know how good the Saints are and how badly the Falcons struggled last time out, soooo....Falcons 20 - Saints 27
SB Nation Opposition Site: Canal Street Chronicles