It's hard to be particularly optimistic about how the Saints defense will look to start the season. Historically garbage personnel making the foray into the 3-4, which usually takes teams years to successfully transition to, doesn't spell early season success. Yeah, I guess they can't get any worse, but that doesn't mean they'll be better either. Week 1 is a shootout but the Falcons get a few more stops, something like 41-31.
The Saints should be the better team by Week 12 and the end of the season, though the rematch is on a short week sandwiched by the NFC Best, so toss-up for that one.
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