Deke: Saints have owned the Dirty Birds since 2006
by Deke Bellavia,posted Sep 4 2014 10:45AM
In a league that’s all about what have you done for me lately, the New Orleans Saints have dominated, defeated and flat-out owned the Atlanta Falcons. Since Sean Payton was hired to take the Saints to a place where they had never been before (the Super Bowl), the Black and Gold have taken control of their series with Atlanta.
I’m a firm believer that you can look at numbers and spin them in any direction to your liking, but I also believe that inside those very same numbers lies the truth. Truth be told, New Orleans has stormed back and taken control of a series that was once lopsided.
Check this out: before Sean Payton came to the Big Easy, Atlanta had a commanding 44-30 edge in the Falcons versus Saints series. Now as the two rivals meet for the 91st time, the Saints have trimmed the Falcons once huge lead to 47-43. New Orleans was once 14 games behind the Falcons in series wins and now just trail by four games.
Since that most historic, life changing, and unforgettable game that took place in the renovated Superdome on Monday, September 25th, 2006 the Saints have owned the Atlanta Falcons.
The Saints 23-3 win over their rival that night served as the starting point for a 13-3 run that New Orleans has been on the last eight seasons. The Saints have won 13 of the last 16 meetings between these two.
New Orleans is currently on a two game win streak with the Saints holding a 6-1 mark versus Atlanta in the last seven meetings. As I researched and put this little breakdown on paper for the proud members of the Who Dat Nation, I too learned a few things.
Winning 13 of 16 games is certainly impressive. But things are even better than that when you look deeper inside the Saints' 13 wins. Yes, the Saints have dominated the series since 2006 - but only six of the past 16 games have been decided by more than eight points. Four of the Saints 13 wins over the Falcons in the last 16 games have the Saints winning by 18 points or more!
The Saints crushed the Falcons 23-3 and 31-13 in 2006, beat em down 34-14 in 2007, and put on an offensive clinic with a 45-16 win over their rivals during the 2011 season.
And for those of you that own Who Dat Brooms, New Orleans owns sweeps over Atlanta in the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 seasons. For five of the eight seasons that Sean Payton has been coach of the Saints, New Orleans did not lose to Atlanta.
Or if you want to make that sound even better, you can say that the Falcons have only won a game against the Saints (two meetings each season) in three of the last eight seasons. The lone three wins that the Falcons have scraped up against the Saints since 2006 include a 34-20 win in 2008, the Falcons win in OT 27-24 in 2010, and the last win Atlanta has in the series was a 23-12 win in 2012.
The Saints and Falcons series has been great over the years, but since 2006 the Saints and Falcons have both been among the best when it comes to total wins during that time span. Since Sean Payton took over the Saints have been to the playoffs five times, winning it all in 2009.
And the Falcons have been a solid team under Coach Mike Smith. Since Smith got the Falcons job Atlanta has been to the playoffs four of his six seasons including owning the #1 seed in 2010 and 2012.
If the Saints and Falcons were shooting marbles, throwing darts or bowling, their fans would want to win and win in the biggest and best possible way. The 91st meeting takes place Sunday in the ATL and if things go as they have been as of late, it will more than likely be another win for the Black and Gold. In fact if you go by the numbers, the Saints chances of beating Atlanta are excellent!