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Saints Hungry to Serve Falcons Some Humble Pie in Thanksgiving Rematch

Photo courtesy of Michael C. Hebert and New Orleans Saints

For Who Dat Nation, revenge is a Thanksgiving dish best served in prime time against their bitter rivals.

Payback is on the menu when the Saints (9-2) travel to Atlanta on Thursday to face the Falcons (3-8). The Falcons snapped a six-game winning streak by the Saints in a 26-9 contest in New Orleans on Nov. 10. The upset was the first time the Falcons won in New Orleans since Sept. 26, 2016.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was extremely disappointed with the offense during that defeat. It was the third game this season in which the Saints didn’t score a touchdown. Brees outlines what it’ll take for the Saints to be more proficient this time around.

“As I recall, it wasn’t too long ago obviously, they got after us a little bit on the pass rush. We weren’t very balanced offensively. We didn’t run the ball that many times and we didn’t run as effectively as I know we can,” Brees said. “I think anytime we take the field, regardless of who the opponent is, we want to be balanced. We want to be efficient. We want to convert third downs, make big plays when we have the opportunity. Score points and win games.”

The Saints are coming off a wild 34-31 victory vs. the visiting Panthers. Wil Lutz converted the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired in a riveting back and forth affair.

Brees expects the Saints to bring their best effort after the lackluster showing earlier this month against the Falcons. The short break from last Sunday’s game is challenging but Brees says the Saints are up for the task.

“Obviously the challenge for us is the quick turnaround. You’ve got four days and then you’re back to playing a game, which is very challenging for guys,” Brees said. “But Thanksgiving: Turkey and football.”

In addition to avoiding a season sweep, a victory by the Saints can move them closer to securing the NFC South title. The Saints are currently four games ahead of the Panthers with five weeks remaining in the regular season.

“We’re going to do our best. We’re going to be ready. We’re going to get our bodies right,” Brees said to CST. “We’re going to get our minds ready to play and then go out with a ton of energy and excitement and go try to win another game.”

Brees is 2-0 on Thanksgiving as a member of the Saints, guiding the team to turkey day victories against the Cowboys in 2010 and Falcons last season. Brees is grateful for the opportunity to partake in the league’s annual tradition.

“There’s something about playing on Thanksgiving. I remember when I was a kid, growing up in Texas I’d always be watching the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, watching football. Football just goes with Thanksgiving, right? You can’t have one without the other,” Brees said. “And so to ever think that someday I’d be playing on Thanksgiving, I never thought that would happen. These are unique moments.”