Originally written November 28, 2012 on Down and Distance:
Curtis Lofton doesn’t believe that the Falcons-Saints rivalry is really a rivalry. (Credit: US Presswire) Games between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints have become the highlight of NFC South play over the last few years. Those two teams have won the division each of the last three years, each time by a 13-3 record. However, the Saints have had the upper hand lately in the matchups between these two teams. Three of the Falcons’ last four regular season defeats have come at the hands of the Saints. The Falcons have fallen to the Saints in four straight games and eleven of the last thirteen. By many standards, the relationship could be classified as a rivalry. Some would argue it’s one of the better rivalries in the NFL. But Curtis Lofton, the former Falcons and current Saints linebacker, feels that it’s not even a rivalry. “Being here in this program, I feel like they see it as a divisional game, not a rivalry game,” former Falcon Curtis Lofton said Tuesday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That’s a harsh sentiment coming from a guy who has played on both of these teams like Lofton, who was the starting middle linebacker for the Falcons from 2008 to 2011. Fellow Saints linebacker Scott Shanle had some choice words about the Falcons earlier this week as well, calling the Falcons “little brothers” to the Saints. The Saints have to be confident with their recent success, but the Falcons are sitting 5 games ahead of the Saints in the division with 5 games remaining in the year. It could be argued that the Saints are the second-best team in the NFC South right now, but the Buccaneers have had a resurgent season under new coach Greg Schiano and are keeping the Saints in third place in the division. Despite their success against the Falcons, the Saints have a lot of work to do before they truly become the big brothers of the NFC South. Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Columnist - Joe Ray @jpray_SKThe post Curtis Lofton: Falcons-Saints “divisional game, not a rivalry game” appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
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