The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints rivalry is officially dead
The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints rivalry is dead.
The Atlanta Falcons hold the all-time margin very slightly after losing on Sunday – now 53-51. But for a rivalry to be worth it, each team has to win games and be competitive.
The Falcons versus the Saints is merely New Orleans dominating the series and the Falcons getting lucky on occasion to win a game. It used to be Matt Ryan versus Drew Brees and Ryan would uphold his end of the bargain every few games. But even with Taysom Hill on the field, the Saints continue to dominate the Falcons.
After Sunday, the Saints have won six of the last seven games against Atlanta. These two teams haven’t met in the playoffs any time recently, and Matt Ryan has been handled like a rag doll by this Saints defense.
Let this sink in, since the start of the 2006-07 NFL season, the Falcons have had lost three in a row to the Saints at least five times. One is a perennial playoff team, while the other can’t even finish at .500.
Atlanta Falcons are in the midst of a three-game losing streak right now.
Nothing about this is a rivalry. It’s like the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs. You have to wonder, do the Atlanta Falcons even believe they can beat the Saints at this point
. In fact, Roddy White does most of the talking now when it comes to New Orleans and the team can’t even back up his talk. As they let Hill win not once, but twice in two weeks.
The most fight the Falcons showed Sunday was a few pushing and shoving matches between Russel Gage and the Saints secondary. But when it came to actually football and playing between the lines, the Falcons had nothing to stand on.
It’s time we acknowledge this is more of a chirping match between fans because there is nothing worse than folks from the bayou having a mini Mardi Gras celebration around Atlanta.
The rivalry between the two teams ended when Atlanta couldn’t even find a different car manufacturer to name its stadium after and selected Mercedes-Benz, just like the Superdome.
Falcons fans used to think once Drew Brees retired, this would be Atlanta’s chance to regain its former glory. But at this rate, Taysom Hill might be the next thorn in our side.
It’s fun to talk about, but it’s not fun to watch. The Falcons versus Saints is just another game until Atlanta decides it wants to actually win for a change.