Ah yes, the required prime time NFC South showdown that’s required at least twice a year, featuring mediocracy at it’s finest, and always ending with 400 combined points, earned in the derpiest way possible. But this year might be different. Well, with the Saints 1-4, maybe just half different. The Atlanta Falcons, at a surprising 5-0, look to open the season with six straight wins. Which would also mean they would have consecutive road wins for the first time in 13 seasons. That’s basically the most NFC South thing I’ve ever written. Now, six wins would be a strong statement if it weren’t against such a questionable schedule and with such happenstance circumstances. That schedule has included the Eagles, Giants, Romo-less (or Weeden-more!) Cowboys, Texans, and Washington Potatoes. The circumstances? They’ve trailed in the fourth quarter in four of those five games… which essentially means they could be sharing a similar record with the Saints if not for a little bit of luck and something called Devonta Freeman. The same Freeman who used to make Trent Richardson seem useful. Can the Falcons and Freeman (and Julio Jones hamstring) keep the streak going? I don’t know, but if Sean Peyton’s lemon face is in full force tonight, I’d say: MAYBE.
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Rankings have been updated for tonight’s game and can be found here.
By the Numbers
4 – The number of receiving touchdowns by Julio Jones the first three games of the season. He’s had zero in the last two while dealing with a hamstring issue.
5.1 – The average yards per carry the last three weeks by Devonta Freeman.
1999 – The Saints had their worst start of the season in 1999, going 1-7.
381 – Yards by Willie Snead, which leads the team.
WTF – Roddy White’s season thus far. I don’t care if it’s not a number.
Take one sip of beer if…
You see Sean Payton’s lemon face. (See above for example.)
Tony Gonzalez is mentioned.
You see Roddy White.
Someone gets the ball when Julio Jones should have.
You see Rob Ryan say “F*CK!”.
Phil Simms says something absolutely asinine. (Take baby sips…)
Jason Garrett calls a dumb toss, reverse, or draw on a 3rd-and-five or more.
Someone pronounces “New Orleans” differently than you do.
Take one shot of liquor if…
Katrina or Bountygate is mentioned.
You hear Phil Simms go ”Well JEEEEEEM…”.
You see Arthur Blank looking pensive with his bizarre pedo-mustache.
There’s a crowd shot with fan holding a “Who Dat” sign.
Totally Legitimate Game Prediction
Falcons – 584
Saints – 923