Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints renew rivalry at Superdome
- Updated: September 7, 2013
What better way to start the 2013 NFL regular season than with a rivalry match between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons? This game has been eagerly anticipated since the schedule was first announced, and it is not likely to disappoint. Kickoff for this high-profile contest is noon CT and will be broadcast on FOX Sports.
Sean Payton’s return
It’s been a year since Saints head coach Sean Payton roamed the sidelines for a regular season game. The energy in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome dome should be off the charts. Expect nonstop high-flying offensive attacks and plenty of points scored. As Payton himself said, “Daddy’s home.”
In my humble opinion, the drama of Payton’s return would have been better set in a primetime slot, but we all know that watching the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants is so much more important. (Yes, that was sarcasm.)
The New Orleans defense was simply terrible last year. Even in their first meeting against Atlanta, when they made key stops in the end zone to hand the Falcons their first loss of the season, they still gave up 454 yards in their first meeting.
Ironically, they had their best showing in a loss to the Falcons later in the year. Despite the five interceptions tossed by quarterback Drew Brees, the defense held Atlanta to only 23 points on those five extra possessions and a 10-point win overall. They surrendered only 283 yards on 13 drives and surrendered just 165 yards passing and a single touchdown to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
No matter how good or bad New Orleans happens to be, this defense has a knack for stepping up against the Falcons. Let’s see if new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan can keep that streak alive.
Atlanta already has one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. Their arsenal of weapons is loaded with wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, tight end Tony Gonzalez, and now running back Steven Jackson.
Some observers believe that Jackson could be the piece that pushes this team over the top to the championship that has long eluded them; others think he is too old. This will be our first real glimpse at which side may be correct. Expect the Falcons to set off some fireworks of their own.
This offseason, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez decided to forestall retirement for one more year in pursuit of the championship ring that has always eluded him, proving he is not yet ready to pass off the torch just yet.
What this means is that for at least the next year, we get to see one of the best head-to-head match-ups the NFL has to offer: Tony Gonzalez, the greatest tight end in league history, squaring off against Jimmy Graham, arguably the top tight end in football today. Both men always put up fantastic numbers when facing each other’s team, making this one of the best highlights the Falcons/Saints rivalry has to offer.
For those of who have been predicting both teams to score 30 or more points, a low score for the Saints, or even a Falcons win, here are some things to know:
- Atlanta is 6-0 all-time against New Orleans in opening-day contests.
- Since 2006, the Falcons have beaten the Saints three times, twice by more than six points.
- Since 2006, the Saints have scored 24 or fewer points against Atlanta in only six of the 14 meetings.
- Only three times did that happen in the Superdome.
- Atlanta has scored 30 or more points on the Saints just once since 2006, and that was at the Georgia Dome.
What can we take away from this? By all means, expect a high-scoring game, but the smart bet says that only the winning team will reach the 30-point mark.
And that team is usually the Saints.
I hope the falcons fixed their problems as far as covering TE's..or actually putting a defender on one.
You know how they say never go grocery shopping when your hungry..well never go on a beer run 2 hours before the game...bought too much, i'm gonna be drunk before the game even starts.
I cant wait to see this offense come together for the first time. In the preseason the Falcons were missing Tony G, Julio and Roddy at different times. Now they will be on the field at the same time! Cant wait...
So what is everyone doing today. Golf? Fishing? Maybe just going to the park with the kids for the afternoon?
@Rarely Evenn At least he dosen't choke like Ryan did again today .
@Maized and Confused What is a poast?
@Rarely Evenn Gunslinging and making stupid decisions with the ball,are two different things.
@matt_vfalcon32 Guess again !
@matt_vfalcon32 Falcons always leave the middle of the field wide open, i never get that
A 5k passer means that the QB is overworked and trying too much.
Id prefer a 4200-4700 yd passer with a decent Run game and defense.
@FalconsFan0125 I was thinking that last night...you know he's gonna be throwing his way a lot..I think he'll get an int.
@FalconsFan0125 That is very bold as in never going to happen
@FalconsFan0125 Prediction Ryan gets sacked at least 5 times
@Saintschicka09090909 i bet he throws 4 tds on your defense
@falconsriseup19 yo yo yo!
@FalconsFan0125 don't forget s.jax.
@FalconsFan0125 I'm going to go with my wife to see the latest Romantic Comedy where you know the leads will be together in the end but it's all about the extremely dull and predictable journey that is sure to include an inane musical montage.
@FalconsFan0125 well the saints will be missing him, in tackling him of course.
@FalconsFan0125 Really. Because they tried to give you a hint. In hindsight you see that right. Psst...Freedie Mercury, of Queen, gay, for realsies.
@FalconsFan0125 Although I hear this one includes an incredibly sassy gay best friend.