The rivalry between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons goes back to the beginning, says Gambit sportswriter Bradley Warshauer.
“Most people, if you ask them why they hate the Falcons, they don’t immediately have an answer. There’s no one thing that jumps to mind for them,” but it’s generally agreed that nearly everyone just hates the Falcons, Warshauer says.
The New Orleans Saints wrapped up the preseason with a 22-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
This was only the second time the Saints had ever faced the Ravens in the preseason. On Aug. 26, 2005 the two teams played the last game in the Superdome before Hurricane Katrina.
As expected, most of the Saints’ stars sat — Drew Brees warmed up before the game and dressed out in full pads, but never made it off the sideline. The fourth preseason game is a chance to evaluate players before the final cuts to make the 53-man regular season roster. Coach Sean Payton:
The New Orleans Saints will kick off their 2014 season in the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons.
The schedule, released by the NFL late Wednesday evening, has the Saints competing in five primetime games this year, the first in week four at Dallas against the Cowboys. They'll also face the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and a Monday Night Football Game versus the Baltimore Ravens.
The New Orleans Saints preseason schedule was announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Saints will begin the preseason in St. Louis versus the Rams, then travel home to face the Tennessee Titans. Those dates are still to be announced.
The preseason opener against the Rams will feature a familiar face at defensive coordinator on the St. Louis sideline: former Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. Williams was a central figure in the bounty scandal that sidelined key New Orleans players and coaches during the 2012 season.
This week, New Orleans Saints faithful must watch as Broncos fans — in their safety orange jerseys — and Seahawks fans — in their murky neon — psych up for the Super Bowl, instead of the Black and Gold.
It can be downright dispiriting. But, if there’s one bright side Saints fans know to look for, it’s cultural consolation, and food is a big part of that salve.
The New Orleans Saints finished their season with a 12-6 record, including their first playoff win in the cold, on the road. WWNO’s Jason Saul sat down with Ramon Antonio Vargas, Saints beat writer for the New Orleans Advocate, for a recap of the season, and for a look at what’s next.
So Ramon, as someone who is on the Saints beat you spend a lot of time with the team, both at home and on the road. Now that the season is over, what’s your take on how it went?