In the history of the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints franchises, there has been a total of 107 games between the two teams. It has culminated in one of the best rivalries in the history of the NFL.
On Sunday, there will be historical bragging rights on the line between the two teams as Atlanta could lose their series lead over New Orleans if they come up short.
The Falcons vs. Saints series will be tied 54-54 if the Falcons lose on Sunday
Not only is Desmond Ridder making his first NFL start but he is making his first NFL start in a game that will either give the Atlanta Falcons a two-game lead over the Saints or tie the series up at 54 wins for both sides.
Right now, the all-time record between the two teams is 54-53 with the Falcons holding the one-game advantage.
Unfortunately, not too long ago, Atlanta held a significant lead (incoming jokes) over New Orleans but they have lost eight of their last ten games. If you can’t do the math, that means they were ahead 52-45 in December of 2017.
The good news is that those two wins both came on the road in New Orleans, which is where the game will take place on Sunday afternoon. Atlanta will also be starting their rookie quarterback for the first time so maybe this is the start of a dominant stretch for the Falcons.
There is certainly hope for it because the Saints are not exactly sitting in a good spot. They traded away their top pick in the upcoming draft, which will likely end up being a top-ten pick, and they are 32nd—by a wide margin—in cap space for this upcoming offseason.
The Falcons certainly have a brighter future and hopefully, they can show that to be true when they try to take down the Saints and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.