November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) greets New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) after the Falcons 31-27 loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
The Saints are to the Falcons what the 49ers used to be to the Saints in the old NFC West. The Falcons deserve their misery like no other. There’s no two ways about it, an 11-2 record over the last 13 games officially qualifies the Falcons as the Saints whipping boys. They talk a big talk, but can’t score from the one yard line.
Falcons receiver Rodney White seems to think that the Saints didn’t go out there and actually, you know, win the game, but rather the Falcons “gave it to them” What a sad, sad sideshow ole Rodney has become. He still puts up big numbers and makes plays week in and week out, but the trouble is: he just can’t shut his mouth.
Following their first loss of the season and making such outrageous claims about the Falcons pedigree to go undefeated, you would think White wouldn’t be looking to give the Saints motivation for the next match up in just three weeks. But, alas, White is a clown and just doesn’t get it.
Safety Thomas DeCoud knows the truth. He gets it.
"“That’s one team you don’t want to have your first loss to,’’ Atlanta safety Thomas DeCoud said.A moment before, as reporters stood a few feet away, DeCoud was talking to a few other defensive backs.“The bandwagon is over,’’ said DeCoud, who then mumbled something about how the crowd at the Georgia Dome next Sunday probably will be filled with fans of the Arizona Cardinals."
So the Saints are knocking on the door of .500 after being left for dead and declared “done” just a few weeks ago. Know what the Saints record is in the month of November over the last 13 games? 13-0. Facing three opponents of Oakland, San Francisco and Atlanta (lol) in a 12 day stretch is no easy feat, but one that it appears the rising (#RiseUp) New Orleans Saints may just be able to accomplish.
Take what you want from the win over the once-undefeated Falcons. They’re obviously a good team or they would never have made it to the midway point of the season undefeated. But nothing in the NFL is given to you, as the Saints found going 0-4 to start the season, and the Falcons got theirs (and deservedly so).
I’m not a playoff prognosticator. I leave that to people with more time and math skills far superior to mine. I do know this much. If the Saints win out and the Vikings and Seahawks drop a few along the way, the Saints are in. Period.
Who Dat, y’all!