Kristian: Added fire to the heated Saints-Falcons rivalry
The Saints have dominated their divisional rival Atlanta Falcons since Drew Brees arrived in New Orleans. New Orleans has won 10 of 12 against the Dirty Birds including 2 meetings last season... one of which was a 45 to 16 spanking in the Super dome.
"I enjoy the rivalry, but more importantly the Saints are an organization that I have tremendous respect for," said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Several Falcons players took exception to the Saints "running up the score" in the last meeting in week 16 of 2011. The Saints set a number of records against the Falcons last season, and while the Dirty Birds say it's ancient history, you can bet it will be on their mind Sunday. The Falcons haven't forgotten the 45 to 16 spanking at the hands of the Saints in week 16 of last season. Oh by the way, the Falcons are 8 and 0 right now. The Saints, meanwhile, are a wounded animal. Who will be the prey?
Lofton against old mates:
Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton has been a bright spot on the New Orleans defense since coming over from the Atlanta Falcons this season. "He's still a tackling machine," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. Lofton came to New Orleans after the Falcons allowed him to test the free agency market.
Lofton says, "I wanted to go to a team that celebrated me - not tolerated me. I'm happy I am here and excited for this game." He's also doing his best to downplay facing his former team. "I don't think I have anything to prove to them, I'm not there anymore." Lofton made those comments with a huge smile, as if to say, 'I can't wait to go out and play the game of my life against my former team.' Ironically it's his former team that is making the assault on a championship this season. Lofton has often said that he harbors no ill will toward the Falcons for letting him go. That's all well and good, but I'm sure Curtis will have some extra motivation against the team that drafted him and then "tolerated" him.
Open mouth and Insert foot:
Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White raised some eyebrows with his comments this week, saying that the Falcons could go 16 and 0. White has never been shy about expressing his feelings in the media, but this one is a little silly when you consider there is nothing to be gained from making that kind of comment.
Saints defensive end Will Smith had some thoughts on White's comments. "You gotta go 9 and 0 before you can go 16 and 0. I think he's getting a little ahead of himself." It's just more fuel for the Saints and Falcons rivalry.
Who said rivalry?
Coach Joe Vitt says he isn't buying into the hype of a rivalry game Sunday in New Orleans. "I don't think we have a pep rally and bonfire tonight anywhere. To get caught up in some supposed rivalry; we better know who to get, how to get him, what to do and how to do it... or it will be a long afternoon," Vitt insisted. Now that is classic Joe Vitt.
Defensive end Junior Galette (ankle), offensive tackle Zach Strief (groin), running back Darren Sproles (hand), and wide receiver Courtney Roby (shoulder) all missed practice this week. As of Thursday, Coach Joe Vitt would not rule any player out for Sunday against the Falcons.
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