New Orleans Saints 2018 Season: Quarter pole review

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints is congratulated by Terron Armstead #72 and Cameron Meredith #81 after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Rivalry games are good for football. The Saints/Falcons rivalry rarely fails to disappoint. This one was no different as the teams traded punches all afternoon.

Atlanta saw the full arrival of rookie receiver Calvin Ridley as he torched the Saints still faulty secondary. Ridley’s three TDs paced an Atlanta offense that did post 407 yards and five TDs against the Saints. But Atlanta’s defense was more porous than ours, as they gave up 534 yards as the Saints offense got back on track after the poor Browns performance.

The Saints were 50-percent on 3rd down to Atlanta’s 36-percent. So when our offense needed to make plays, the did a better job of it than Atlanta did. Even with some questionable calls by the officiating crew, the Saints found a way to go to Atlanta and fry the Dirty Birds.

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Hopefully, they took a good look at the locker rooms and facilities in Atlanta. They did in Miami in 2009 when they played the Dolphins there in the regular season and found some magic to stage a phenomenal come-from-behind win. Drew Brees told the Saints to pay attention to their surroundings since they’d be back there in February for the Super Bowl. They’ve gotten their first taste this season of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.