Saints know the stakes are high
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - This is another game the New Orleans Saints are expected to win.
But during this 12-0 run, haven't most of the games been that way?
New Orleans' matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in week 14 is their first rematch against a divisional opponent this season. When you take an unbeaten record into the month of December, every win makes the talk of going undefeated get a little bit louder. The Saints are very much aware of that.
Even though they hear it, they're trying to stay focused on what's in front of them. The Saints clinched the NFC South title after beating Washington in week 13.
Is it possible the Saints have already forgotten about that feat?
"That NFC South accomplishment has already kind of passed us, if you will," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "There's more things right now, I think, for this team ahead of us."
"You win this week, you secure a first round bye," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. "Maybe the next week or the week after, you secure potentially the first seed, the one seed."
As for the Falcons, they lost starting quarterback Matt Ryan to a toe injury during their week 12 game against Tampa Bay. He missed their next game, a loss to Philadelphia. Now Ryan has missed more practice time this week because of that toe injury and he might not play against the Saints. Chris Redman has been filling in at quarterback for the Falcons.
With so much going against them, the Falcons know there aren't many NFL fans who think they have a shot to beat New Orleans.
"Everybody knows the challenge that we have coming in here this weekend," Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said. "I'm sure nobody's going to give us a chance. So what do we have to lose? Just go out there and play like there's no tomorrow. Just go out there and hope we can shock the world."
"They're 12-0 right now coming into our house," Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton said. "You don't want to lose at home. It's going to be a great feeling to upset them if we can."
Kickoff between the Saints and Falcons is at noon on December 13th.