The prime two groups within the NFC South standings beat the underside two groups within the first Sunday that featured two division matchups, however that also did not deliver a lot readability to the race.
“The NFC South has gone back to where it was a couple of years ago where it’s going to be up for grabs until probably Week 16 or 17,” NFL Network badyst Steve Wyche stated. “At this point the Saints are playing well, but there’s still a lot of football to play.”
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“Carolina is going to be there,” Wyche stated of the 6-Three Panthers. “They still have to figure out offensively what they are. The identity is just not there. They are relying so much on Cam, and that’s going to bite them sometimes if teams can slow down Cam.”
SAINTS: New Orleans gained its sixth consecutive sport, rolling previous Tampa Bay to enhance to 6-2 and keep its half-game lead over the Panthers.
“The Saints are playing fantastic football,” Wyche stated. “Somewhat much like the Super Bowl period (2009 season), besides throughout that point they’d stand up within the first half throwing the soccer after which they’d run within the second half to run clock to maintain their protection off the sector. Now they’re working the ball extra within the first half and so they’re enjoying extra toe-to-toe soccer.
“Instead of beating groups by 20 factors, they’re beating them by three or seven by enjoying extra bodily soccer. That protection is de facto good. Right now they’re essentially the most full staff within the division, however they’re nonetheless beatable.”
FALCONS: The Falcons fell to Four-Four with their loss to the Panthers. This time final yr, the Falcons had been 5-Three earlier than going 6-2 the second half of the season after which dominating the NFC playoffs on their solution to the Super Bowl.
“Atlanta, Lord is aware of what is going on on with them?” Wyche said. “They want to take a seat on the sofa and have a dialog with a therapist. They’re schizophrenic. They haven’t any identification on both facet of the ball, however with the expertise, at any given minute they will go on a four-game profitable streak.”
BUCCANEERS: Hyped as a breakout staff within the preseason, Tampa Bay as soon as was 2-1 however dropped its fifth straight towards the Saints. To make issues worse, quarterback Jameis Winston has been shut down till not less than Week 12 with a shoulder damage, and broad receiver Mike Evans has been suspended for one sport for his involvement in a skirmish towards the Saints.
“Tampa Bay, we will go forward and shovel grime on their season,” Wyche said. “They’re a scorching mess. Now they’re shutting Jameis down for not less than two weeks. They’ve bought bigger issues than any of the opposite groups within the division.”