A little after eight o'clock tonight the Falcons and Saints will go at it for the second time this season with the Falcons looking for a much different finish. The Falcons sit at 10-1 but still have a bit of a bitter taste in their mouth as their lone loss came at New Orleans. The Saints might deny that this is a rivalry but these two teams grew up hating each other and that hate is still strong. Just ask the workers at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. They welcomed the Saints to Atlanta by egging their bus last night.
I reviewed the loss in depth a couple of weeks ago and there are definitely things the Falcons have to do better if they want to win this game. They can't have costly penalties like they did in the first game, they need to contain Jimmy Graham (which should be a bit easier with Sean Weatherspoon playing) and they need to execute in the red zone.
Improvements need to be made in those facets of the game but other issues linger as well. The secondary is banged up and the Saints aren't the team you want to face with a banged up secondary.
The big things I will be watching is what kind of start the Falcons can get off to, how much pressure are we getting on Drew Brees and how is Jacquizz Rodgers being utilized. Go Falcons!