Gameweek 10 was the quietest of the season to date with six teams enjoying their respective bye weeks. However, if you thought less games would equal less action, you were certainly mistaken.
10 of the 13 total match-ups were one score games which led to some memorable plays and numerous nail biting finishes across the board.
(You can see the full table of results here)
Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Fransisco 49ers in a Monday Night Football classic and the Miami Dolphins continued their march towards the Superbowl – seeing off the Indianapolis Colts and taking them to an unimaginable two game winning streak.
But less of the ramble, you’re here for the result of the week and this week’s prestigious prize of course belongs to none other than the Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta rolled into the rowdy Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a shambolic 1-7 record and fans and pundits alike were wondering ‘just how many touchdowns will the New Orleans Saints score today?’
The Saints had Drew Brees back for the first time since he suffered a hand injury in gameweek two against the Los Angeles Rams and it was also the first time that Brees, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara had been on the field together since that very same week.
Basically, the Falcons had no chance – right?
Matt Ryan threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the lowly visitors crushed the home side 26-9 and in turn became the first side to hold the Saints to a below 10 score in their own back yard since the Brees era began.
After the first quarter had ended at just one field goal a piece, it seemed like it would be just a matter of time before the hosts got their rhythm and started putting Atlanta to the sword, but that rhythm never came.
Ryan threw his first touchdown to Austin Hooper with the first drive of the second quarter and from then on the visitors never looked back.
The Falcons were simply better in all areas of the pitch and didn’t allow last year’s NFC runners up an inch.
Brees was sacked an uncharacteristic six times by a side that had, up to this past week’s match up, only got seven sacks on the season.
Whatever Dan Quinn had ordered his side to eat for breakfast leading up to the crunch game on Sunday, it certainly had the desired affect and it once again showed that absolutely anything can happen in the NFL.
It is of course a mystery for now whether the Falcons can replicate this form as the weeks progress or whether it was just a crazy anomaly against their rivals – but it will certainly be giving future opponents more of a heachache moving forward.
Atlanta can begin to answer that question next week when they take a trip to the Carolina Panthers in one of Sunday’s early match-ups and the Saints will be hoping to prove their loss was nothing more than a blip when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.