FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Sean Weatherspoon has been with the Atlanta Falcons long enough to know Atlanta and New Orleans don't like each other.
Not at all.
The linebacker, who will be getting his second consecutive start with De'Vondre Campbell out battling an ankle injury, is in his seventh season in the league. He returned to the Falcons after a one-year stint in Arizona last season. Before that, he played for the Falcons for five seasons.
The Saints are 0-2, but the game is at the Superdome on the 10 year anniversary of the reopening of the stadium after Hurricane Katrina. Any advantage Atlanta (1-1) has on paper goes out the window.
"It doesn't matter what the record is. It's going to be a fight until the end. It's just what happens when you play New Orleans," Weatherspoon said.
"Better get your ass ready to play," he said on facing quarterback Drew Brees. "He's always coming for our necks so we better come on."
While "Spoon" didn't remember watching the game 10 years ago, which became an iconic moment in sports New Orleans' history, he did remember the first time he realized how big the rivalry was.
"That moment when Brent Grimes went up and jumped up what seemed like 12 feet in the air and just never landed and he caught that pick. That was like my welcome moment to it."
That game was also on a Monday night in 2009, but the Falcons lost.
Weatherspoon was still in college at the time, but when he was drafted by Atlanta the next year, he was already well aware of the game's significance.
The NFC South contest is Monday night in New Orleans.