After an action-packed Sunday full of action, the Atlanta Falcons will travel to take on the New Orleans Saints in an important NFC South matchup on Monday Night Football. The game features two of the best quarterbacks in the league and two of the worst defenses in the league, so it may just be a fun game.
Kickoff for the game is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the game, as usual, will be broadcast on television via ESPN. A live stream will be available online at WatchESPN, though it will require login credentials from a cable or satellite television provider. The team of Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden will be in the commentary box, with Lisa Salters serving as the sideline reporter.
Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are two of the hottest quarterbacks in the league through two weeks of the season, but questionable defensive play have them sporting 1-1 and 0-2 records, respectively. Fortunately for them, the NFC South isn't looking like it will be dominated by any one team just yet, with both the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers sitting at 1-2 on the season.
The Falcons, with a win, can take sole possession of the division, while the Saints can finally get in the win column and push things into Week 4 with all four teams at 1-2. That may not make for exciting action from a high-level standpoint -- this isn't the New England Patriots vs. the Denver Broncos by any stretch of the imagination -- but bad defense and good quarterback play always has the potential to be exciting.
In two games, Ryan has completed 53 of 73 passes for 730 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. The Falcons have allowed him to be sacked a total of four times. Brees has completed 57 of 86 passes for 686 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Saints have allowed Brees to be sacked three times.
But it's the running game where things get separated. The Saints have just 88 yards to show from Mark Ingram and 129 yards in total on the ground (while allowing opponents to rush for 231 yards on them). With the combination of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, the Falcons have rushed for 181 yards, with the team putting up 191 yards in total.
The Falcons, though, like the Saints, are bad against the run, allowing 245 yards on the ground in two games. So there's a chance for both quarterbacks and both starting running backs to have breakout games on Monday. All signs point to a very sloppy defensive performance dominated by Brees and Ryan slinging the ball downfield.
You really can't ask for something a whole lot better than that for the lone game on the day.
Below is all you need to watch the Monday Night Football action.
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