The Atlanta Falcons (8-7) will host the New Orleans Saints (6-9) this weekend and even though both teams are out of the playoff hunt, expect them to bring their A games for different reasons. The Falcons are fighting to give Head Coach Dan Quinn a winning season while the Saints are trying to prevent Head Coach Sean Peyton’s first 10-loss season.
“You could very easily say we’re not playing for a playoff position here,” Saints QB Drew Brees said. “Why risk it? Why do this? Well because first of all it’s our jobs. It’s what we’re paid to do. We take pride in what we do. But also we’ve got guys we don’t want to let down. We want to be there for them. We want to do this together.”
“To say that it doesn’t have any meaning is uninformed in terms of what we do professionally,” said Saints right tackle Zach Strief. “Guys are playing for jobs and guys are playing for certainly respect, and guys are playing for pride, and on top of that it’s a rivalry game.”
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“It’s always tough to lose your first game,” Falcons defensive tackle Adrian Clayborn said. “They executed perfectly. The beat us on offense. They beat us on defense and they won the turnover battle. You can’t come back from that no matter how good you play.”
It was going to happen sooner or later, that first loss of the season. For the Atlanta Falcons, it came at the hands of a struggling New Orleans Saints team. For their part, the Saints did not look like the team of the past few weeks. QB Drew Brees was 30-39 for 312 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons committed three turnovers in the loss even as Matt Ryan was 30-44 for 295 yards and two touchdowns.
“For us to finish minus-three (three turnovers) was hard on us,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We weren’t able to create any defensively. We had a blocked punt and the turnovers really told the story of the game. It’s hard to overcome those mistakes.”
The Falcons must put it all aside and concentrate on their upcoming game against the 1-4 Tennessee Titans. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Atlanta Falcons on the road!
After a 37-34 overtime win over the New Orleans Saints, head coach admitted that going after quarterback Drew Brees would not be easy given his quick foot speed and even quicker release but against the Bengals, pressure was a must. It just didn’t happen.
“We’ve got to put more pressure on the quarterback,” Head Coach Mike Smith said. “It’s not where we want to be after the first two games. And I think it has translated into us not playing the type of defense that we want. We haven’t been able to pressure the quarterback, nor have we been able to stop the run. And those are two issues that we definitely have to address and get better at.”
They didn’t “stop the run” to the tune of 90 yards and gave up nearly 500 in the 24-10 loss but they have the chance to right the ship as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday. Plenty of great seats and cheap tickets still remain…Get yours today!