It's hard not to think that the New Orleans Saints don't have the Atlanta Falcons' number.
Even with the Falcons' entering as the NFL's last unbeaten team in Week 10 of the NFL season and the Saints at 3-5, New Orleans registered its fourth straight victory over its NFC South archrival, 31-27, on Sunday at the Superdome.
It's a clich to say the records don't mean anything in a rivalry game, but in this one it proved true. As many changes as the Falcons have made entering this season -- a more explosive offense, a more unpredictable defense that uses myriad ways to get pressure on the quarterback -- this game resembled so many of the Falcons' other defeats at the hands of the Saints in recent years.
Both teams scored five times. The Saints had four touchdowns and a field goal while the Falcons had three touchdowns and two field goals -- that whole trading a field goal for a touchdown thing has gotten the Falcons beaten so many times during Mike Smith's tenure as Falcons' coach aga...