Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees understands the importance of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons (5-9), who sit one game behind them in the NFC South.
New Orleans is clinging onto a half-game lead over the Panthers (5-8-1) in the division as well.
“This at the beginning of the season is what you hoped for, the opportunity to be playing for something significant this time of the year,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said on Wednesday. “That’s what we have the chance to do. It’s against a very good divisional opponent. I know the fans enjoy this rivalry. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
The Saints hold a 47-43 all-time lead on the Falcons.
“You try not to make it bigger than it is,” Brees said of the big game. “Obviously we know what’s at stake here, but I also think whenever you see this game on the schedule you know what type of game it’s going to be, so it doesn’t sneak up on you. They’re a very good football team. They’re playing very well right now. We know what’s at stake. Home game, we want to re-establish ourselves at home. Also we want to get better. We want to get a little better this week.”
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has tossed 27 touchdowns and thrown for 4,112 yards this year.
“I think he’s got great command of the offense,” Brees said of his counterpart. “I think he’s extremely intelligent. I think he’s tough. He can make all the throws. I don’t really see him getting rattled. I think he’s a really calm, composed guy.”
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