Atlanta Falcons and Saints will look different in 2020.The Atlanta Falcons will play their archrival the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the Superdome. Falcons-Saints will look different in this game because this is the first time since 2009 Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are not playing against each other.
In 2009 Week 14, Matt Ryan missed the Saints game with a turf toe injury and the Falcons had backup quarterback Chris Redman start against the Saints.
Having two quarterbacks playing against each other for ten straight years speaks volumes of how big the Falcons-Saints rivalry is.
From the Atlanta Falcons perspective, they would rather play Brees instead of Winston.
Drew Brees has shown his age this season. He struggles to throw the ball downfield and must wind up on a lot of his throws this season because of how much his arm strength has regressed. Alvin Kamara is having a fantastic season because of how often Drew Brees has had to check down the ball because of his arm strength.
Saints have made the Atlanta Falcons defense look good in recent years.
Atlanta has been able to neutralize the Saints offense the past three seasons. The key is to have a fast linebacker that can cover Kamara out of the backfield. The Falcons have that type of player with Deion Jones and have Foye Oluokun to add to the mix.
The New Orleans Saints have not scored thirty points on the Falcons since 2017 when Deion Jones is on the field. Jones does such a great job neutralizing Kamara, Brees started to look his age when playing the Atlanta Falcons.
Jameis Winston is a wildcard for the Saints on Sunday. The Falcons defense will have a tougher task because they will be facing a quarterback that can throw it farther than 15 yards down the field.
Hopefully, the Falcons defense can force Winston into several turnovers, but they need to be careful because he always plays well against Atlanta.