The NFL 2013 live streaming and TV schedule features a full slate of games on Sunday, Sept. 8 including a visit by the Atlanta Falcons to New Orleans. The Falcons vs. Saints game will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Louisiana, with this season opener featured on different TV and 2013 NFL live stream sources for viewers to enjoy.
A Sept. 8 report via ESPN.com discusses how one man will be in the spotlight during Sunday's Falcons vs. Saints game, and it won't be one of the players. While the Saints finished their season second in the NFC South, their disappointing record of 7-9 also matched that of the Buccaneers and Panthers. However, the fact that head coach Sean Payton was not on the sidelines due to suspension, weighed heavily on their lack of overall direction. On Sunday, Payton is back on the sidelines to coach the Saints, leading to already high expectations and hype behind New Orleans.
Payton, who sat out the entire 2012 season due to involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal, said of today's first game back, and the "hooplah" surrounding it all:
"We play in a lot of games with a lot of hoopla around it, whether it's Sunday nights, Monday nights, or postseason games, it's still about protecting the football. It's still about blocking and tackling. It's about all the things that we have control over, but those other things, we will try to eliminate as best as we can."
Overall, the Saints have established a 10-2 record when QB Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton are both part of the game for the team. However, last year the Falcons were on the brink of making it to the Superbowl, falling short by a slim margin as they lost to the San Francisco 49ers 28-24 in the NFC Championship game. The team went 13-3 on the season, and is certainly looking to repeat, if not build more upon last season's success. Back in late August, three out of four NFL.com analysts chose the Falcons to finish at the top of the NFC South. The one dissenter, Gregg Rosenthal, has the Saints at the top.
For today's matchup, the focus will be heavily placed upon a coach, but don't forget about the stars on the field. Two of the better quarterbacks in the NFL will be featured, with Matt Ryan for the Falcons and Drew Brees for the Saints. Ryan threw for 4,719 yards with 32 touchdowns and 14 INT's in his 2012 season, while Brees racked up 5,177 yards, 43 touchdowns and had 19 INT's. Brees finished first overall in yards, with Ryan fifth. The two tied for third place in terms of completions with 422, trailing only Matt Stafford and Tony Romo. Both were top ten in terms of QB ratings, making this what could be a stellar matchup of passers.
Several injuries linger for both teams heading into the game. For Atlanta, center Joe Hawley and punt kicker Matt Bryant are both probable. Asante Samuel is questionable with a thigh injury, while LB Stephen Nichols (thigh) and WR Roddy White (ankle) are also questionable. For New Orleans, LB Martez Wilson (elbow), LB Junior Galette (hamstring), WR Marques Colston (foot) and WR Nick Toon (chest) are all probably as of Sept. 6 heading into the game today.
Today's Falcons vs. Saints game has a start time of 1 p.m. EST. Television coverage is scheduled for FOX on cable or satellite service providers around the country. For live online coverage, fans with NFL Sunday Ticket through DirecTV in the U.S. can watch the game on various devices including select smartphones and tablets, as well as video game consoles and TV's. There's also replays with NFL Game Rewind service. Live audio coverage will be available on Sirius XM channel 86. International viewers can see the live stream game via the NFL.com Game Pass service, with more info on how to watch here.