The NFC South isn't looking like a particularly strong division this season. After a 15-1 regular season from the Carolina Panthers in 2015, they're now 1-2 on the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also lost on Sunday and are 1-2 on the season. The Atlanta Falcons are 1-1, while the New Orleans Saints are trailing them all at 0-2.
That means that on Monday Night Football the Saints have a chance to even up the whole division, while the Falcons have a shot at taking sole possession of the division lead. The game between the two rivals is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, with a stream available online at WatchESPN.
For the Saints, the start to the season has been agonizing. Against the Oakland Raiders, they lost when their opponents elected to go for two rather than kick an extra point to tie the game and force overtime, losing 35-34. In Week 2, they fell to the New York Giants by a field goal, losing 16-13.
That's a combined score of four points the Saints have lost two games to. That's rough.
Drew Brees has played well in two games, as well as Drew Brees ever does. He's completed 57 of 86 passes (66.3 percent) for 686 yards with five touchdowns. Brees has not thrown an interception this season and has been sacked only three times.
He hasn't had much help from his running game, though. Mark Ingram has 88 yards on 21 carries, but the Saints have just 129 yards in total on the ground in two games. Defensively, they have allowed 231 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground in that same time.
But the pass defense is worse. They're letting opposing offenses keep pace with Brees, a tall task for any team but something that both the Giants and Raiders managed. While Brees has thrown for 686 yards, the Saints have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for 687 yards.
The Falcons fell to the Buccaneers in Week 1 in shocking fashion. The Buccaneers have shown an unexpected potency on offense with Jameis Winston at quarterback this season. The Falcons couldn't keep up, but in facing a much tougher opponent in the Oakland Raiders, the Falcons put up 35 points and held them off.
Defensively, the Falcons have been an absolute mess. They have allowed opposing offenses to throw for 580 yards and run for 245 yards over two weeks of play. Fortunately, Matt Ryan has been fantastic for the Falcons, throwing for a massive 730 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. The Falcons have also run the ball well with a mixture of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combining for 181 yards between them.
If the first two weeks are any indication, Monday's game will feature a lot of touchdowns and a lot of bad defense.
Below is all you need to watch Monday's game, including a link to a live stream online.
How to Watch Falcons vs. Saints on Monday
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters