Too early for must win game talk? Not if you are the Falcons, sitting at 5-3, one game back of their bitter rivals, the Saints. Not if you have already lost the tie breaker to the 5-3 Bears. Not if you are already down 0-1 to the Bucs.
If the season ended today, the Falcons would be on the outside looking in. It’s time to roll, and hopefully the Falcons will get a much need emotional spark wearing their throwback Blacks, and remembering picture gate (Saints ‘celebrated’ on the Falcons logo last year).
The boys in Vegas favor ATL by a point, which means everyone recognizes this matchup will be hard fought, and closely contested, home field advantage be damned.
The Saints and their “who da” chanters travel well and always make their presence felt in the Dome. God, how I detest that chant. Hate. Loathe. Seriously. I hope the good guys shut down Brees and company early and often, but somehow I picture this one turning into a 37-34 type of game, instead of a 24-23 slugfest.
Either way, it appears that the Falcons are playing much better defense, and their offense is clicking. If Turner can run, the Falcons will win. Simple, proven, and effective gameplan. And of course the defense has to hammer Brees every other play.