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.”