After posting a thrilling 35-28 victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Falcons (1-1) are set to face the rival New Orleans Saints (0-2) at 8:30 p.m Monday, Sept. 26 at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome.
Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Monday:
1. Tell the truth Monday. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will meet with the media at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the aftermath of the victory over the Raiders. He should have more details on safety Keanu Neal, who’s likely to return against the Saints. Also, he should have more details on the severity of De’Vondre Campbell’s ankle injury, which occurred during the closed portion of practice on Thursday.
2. Saints stumble. The Saints were defeated 16-13 by the Giants on Sunday.
3. Falcons used no-huddle. The Falcons ran the no-huddle offense for 16 plays in the first half against the Raiders.
4. Spoon back at table. Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon made first start since December of 2013. He finished with nine tackles. He started for Campbell.
5. Shanahan drops mic. The Falcons offense started off slow, but finished fast against the Raiders. After throwing an interception, quarterback Matt Ryan completed 12 of 12 passes and scored on three consecutive red zone trips. Shanahan not only ran the no-huddle extensively for the first time with the Falcons, but he also fixed the red zone problems. Here’s what Jeff Schultz thought of 500-yard plus offensive performance.
GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28
GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24