Why this game is intriguing: This one would have been an easy pick for top honors if you'd looked at the schedule before the season started. It would've been a ridiculous choice if you'd looked at it after Week 4. Now, this makes sense at No. 2. We know what the Falcons are. After dispatching the Dallas Cowboys, tight end Tony Gonzalez wondered if the time had come for media folks to finally say, "The Falcons are a good team." Well, it's here. They're good. But more under-the-radar is the notion that the Saints could be on their way, also. Really; the belief has always been there. New Orleans followed an 0-4 start with a 3-1 run; roughing up the Philadelphia Eagles on national TV Monday just solidified Drew Brees' hope that all is not lost. The Falcons should be able to overwhelm that still-leaky Saints defense, even on the road, while their own corners present the Saints with the rare duo they can't destroy with their passing attack. Atlanta is poised to pull this out. But if the Saints are the one team to tarnish the Falcons' record, they will have changed the conversation for 2012.
Saints DE Cameron Jordan: Defense's confidence 'through that roof' after winning with multiple quarterbacks
Over the past three seasons, New Orleans has had six quarterbacks start games for it, but has still put together winning campaigns. Being able to win no matter who's at QB has Cameron Jordan and Co.'s confidence "boosted through that roof."
Michael Strahan on first-rounder Kayvon Thibodeaux: 'I believe we got a good pick who's going to bring some joy to Giants fans'
New York Giants first-round rookie pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux boasts the potential to do much the same, and Strahan has quickly become an engaged supporter of Big Blue's prized prospect.