Saints don't consider Falcons a rival in NFC South

What has been a drab schedule for the folks at NFL Network on recent Thursdays gets compelling this week with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons renewing their chippy rivalry from the Georgia Dome.

The Saints knocked the Falcons from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 31-27 victory in the Nov. 11 meeting at the Superdome. It was the 11th time the Saints have won in the last 13 games between NFC South rivals. That’s just it. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Saints don’t consider the Falcons “rivals.”

Being here in this program, I feel like they see it as a divisional game, not a rivalry game,” linebacker Curtis Lofton, who was with the Falcons before signing with the Saints this past offseason in free agency.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said Atlanta gave the game away in the initial meeting this season.

“It’s not like they came out here and won a game,” White said.

That didn’t go over very well, as you might imagine.

“I think part of your job as a professional is to take a loss and give the other team the credit.” Lofton said, according to Ledbetter. “You don’t just say, ‘We gave them a win.’”

Let the trash talk get cranked up for Thursday’s meeting.

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