If it’s not the best rivalry in the NFL, it better be on your top five list. That’s a level-headed way of describing what Falcons-Saints means in 2018. It’s a rivalry fueled by hatred. From Sean Payton making sure Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s passing yardage record in a one-sided beating on Monday night football to Roddy White not holding back about his disdain for New Orleans, there is a never a dull moment when these teams face each other. It doesn’t matter what their records are. Every game is going to be filled with bad blood and intensity.
Those are the positives in what appears to be a mismatch on paper. No team is playing better than the Saints at the moment. Brees continues to play at an MVP level, as his passing efficiency is simply outrageous this season. Combining his stellar play with one of the best running back tandems in the league, one of the best offensive lines in the league, and a near-unstoppable force in Michael Thomas makes New Orleans’ offense borderline illegal. This matchup is about as difficult as it gets for Dan Quinn’s group, especially in front of a raucous crowd geared up to see their team pounce on a wounded rival.