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New Orleans Saints: Atlanta Hate Week

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Sep 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Kasim Edebali (91) pressures Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Falcons defeated the Saints 45-32. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Kasim Edebali (91) pressures Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Falcons defeated the Saints 45-32. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 27: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) heads back to the locker room after the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams on November 27, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. New Orleans Saints won 49-21. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 27: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) heads back to the locker room after the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams on November 27, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. New Orleans Saints won 49-21. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Another 7-9 finish would simply be a disappointment. Although the record of one game in the win column wouldn’t be much, the symbolism of another losing season will feel like failure. Particularly, if the Falcons would put that 7-9 dagger in us again. This game is HUGE. Make no mistake, this one game could make or break the season as far as perception. Sometimes perception is is bigger than reality in the NFL. With rumors swirling about Sean Payton leaving an 8-8 record would at least be enough to give him the benefit of one more year.

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