Given the multitude of prison exercise-yard adjectives one may apply to the Falcons-Saints rivalry (edition No. 91 on Sunday at the Superdome), the local team was going all understated and erudite this week.
“This one always tends to be fairly enthusiastic,” quarterback Matt Ryan said.
“Any time these two groups get together it’s a very spirited game,” one of the quarterback’s pocket protectors, guard Justin Blalock, said.
He added: “It can get contentious out there at times. I wouldn’t expect anything different (Sunday).”