The New Orleans Saints didn't care too much for some pregame trash-talking that came from the Atlanta Falcons' side of the field Sunday.
According to the Times-Picayune, linebacker Jonathan Vilma said the Falcons got pretty nasty towards the Saints' linebacker corps, and focused in on Curtis Lofton, who used to play for the Falcons but signed with the Saints during the offseason via free agency.
Vilma said the episode rubbed them the wrong way.
"That's our teammate. We don't care where he's from, he's with us now," Vilma said. "We're just not going to have guys just chirping the whole time."
So the Saints wen't out and did something about the chirping, beating the Falcons 31-27 and handing them their first loss of the season.
Vilma, with a slight back-handed compliment, said the Falcons were a good team but needed to act like they've been there before. "There" meant at the top of the NFC South standings. "There" meant a winning, dominant team.
And in a final act of Vilma showing that his team knew how to act like they've been there before, sent a message to the Falcons.
"We're not going to sit here and keep talking about how we beat the Falcons," Vilma said. "We always beat the Falcons. Our team is 11-2 since Sean (Payton) got here."
Records be damned, the Saints own the Falcons of late.
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said that on a majority of Michael Turner's runs Sunday against New Orleans he "had no chance" because the Saints "had free runners at the point of attack." [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
The Falcons announced roster moves on Monday, signing wide receiver Tim Toone and adding tight end Chase Coffman to the active roster. Tight end Tommy Gallarda was placed on injured reserve and tight end Andrew Szcerba was signed to the practice squad.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the Panthers are expected to sign offensive guard Jeremy Bridges on Wednesday.
The Sports Network predicts seven head coaches will lose their jobs at year's end. Ron Rivera is one of them.
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