Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) gestures before their game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Lattimore, Saints defense, looking to get “swag” back in the ATL

The rivalry resumes on Sunday

Steve Geller
September 19, 2018 - 6:19 pm
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Week 3 of the Saints schedule brings the Black & Gold to Atlanta for their first match-up against the Falcons this season. Rivalry games are always big and both teams come into this game with a 1-1 record. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore isn’t sweating being in their house after getting a taste of Mercedes Benz Stadium last season.

“It was the same environment we have in the Dome. So, it’s expected every time. We’re good, we just have to go out there and get it done.”

Lattimore will be tasked with shutting down Atlanta’s Julio Jones. The Falcons receiver did sit out Wednesday’s practice with a calf injury, but you can bet he’ll be ready for Sunday’s showdown against the Black & Gold.  Lattimore calls Jones one of the top three WRs in the league.  

“He can do everything, so I’ve got to be on my game. He’s great, so I have to come out and be great and go at him. There’s nothing to it other than that. Just go out there and compete; try to win the battle.”

 In last season’s battle Jones ended up with 12 catches on 22 targets for 247 yards and no touchdowns combined in the teams two meetings. Lattimore says the Falcons top target can do “everything”, but how many other guys in the NFL do he feel fit that same description?

“Not many. Some people are good on deep balls, short routes and whatever, but he can do it all so I just have to be on my game.”

Lattimroe was the guy who seemed to do it all last year and went on to win defensive rookie of the year. He showed up big time against the team’s most hated rival picking off Matt Ryan twice ; one was unreal butt-ception in the Superdome.

Lattimore has talked about getting back that “swag” the defense played with a year ago. They sure didn’t have it week 1; Fitzmagic stole it. The Fleur Di Lis D seemed to get a little bit of it back in the win vs. the Browns, but Latimore says there is still a lot more work to do.

“Last year we were on a whole different level.  This year we have to build up to it and we’re going to see this game if we’ve got it.  I feel like we do. It’s just something that the first two games are kind of sluggish, but I feel like we’re getting there.”

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