You’d almost be foolish to tell any member of Who Dat Nation that Week 1 of the NFL is 136 days away. When fans discovered that the Atlanta Falcons would be the team’s opening opponent of the regular season, they already knew it was ‘on’.
If by some chance you aren’t hyped about playing the Atlanta Falcons already, let me help get you in the mood, so to speak. Can you believe Las Vegas has already put the Saints as underdogs for Week 1? I imagine the ‘historic road woes’ have somehow carried over from last season for a 4-12 team to be favored as the victors. We should probably just overlook the fact that team has went 6-2 in the quiet library depths of the Georgia Dome. We should also ignore that since 2006, the Saints have a 13-3 record over the Falcons.
I’ve been fortunate enough to witness a great deal of ‘smack talk’ from the rotisserie faithful via Twitter, and it’s hilarious how short-term memory works. Here’s some of those brilliant statements I have heard lately from the ‘Rise Up’ Nation:
‘That was 2013.’
‘This time it’s on our turf.’
‘Our offensive line got upgraded while yours didn’t.’
‘One word. Jadeveon Clowney. Better protect your precise QB.’
‘Julio and Roddy are healthy‘
I’ll stop there. I know you’re about to pee yourself from laughter. The bottom line? We hate Atlanta. You hate us. Delusion is the word that gets you by as a Falcons fan. You’d believe that the team with a thousand question marks heading into this season is going to really beat the Saints? Matt Ryan’s security blanket and binky, Tony Gonzalez, is out of the picture. Devin Hester has had a total of one of his numerous kick/punt returns brought back for a touchdown in two years, and that happened in a loss against Washington. Your running back is still Steven Jackson. You really upgraded your offensive line and defense?
I’ve used my background in voodoo to provide some insight on Week 1. The Saints are going to march into the black hole of sorrow known as the Georgia Dome. Yes, that’s right. The Georgia Dome - where fans give up before halftime to go home, Samuel Jackson gets caught on camera yelling hilarious expletives about the team’s $100 million quarterback, and a little boy’s dreams are crushed, forcing him to pout on national television. The Saints will emerge victorious, despite any fictitious claims that exist. To add insult to injury, the team will have Jimmy Graham break the goal post again as we all laugh off the 15-yard penalty.
We close by reminding you of those recent special moments that fuel the Falcons hatred from Who Dat Nation.
“I don’t like nothing about the Saints, The colors. The city. Nothing. But they’ve got some good food, though. Other than the food, nothing.” -Roddy White (2012)
“It’s not like they came out here and just won the game, I kind of think we gave it away. We gave it to them. It was really nothing they did. It was everything we did and not cashing in on opportunities.” -Roddy White after Saints handed Falcons first loss in 2012
Let the hate flow through you Who Dat Nation.
Is it September 7th yet?
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