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The NFC South heading into Week 3

It was a bad week for New Orleans.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It was a bad week to be a fan of the New Orleans Saints. The New Orleans Saints lost the game, but they might have lost far more than that.

In Week 2, the Carolina Panthers (0-1) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) got things started early on Thursday Night Football, with the Bucs able to hold on for a 20-14 victory to improve to 1-1. The loss dropped the Panthers to 0-2. Sunday afternoon, the New Orleans Saints (1-0) lost to the Los Angeles Rams 27-9, but ended up losing more than that as Drew Brees is out for at least six weeks, Alex Anzalone was placed on IR, Keith Kirkwood was injured in warmups, Tre’Quan Smith was injured during the game, and Andrus Peat got knicked up in-game as well. Sunday night the Atlanta Falcons (0-1) hosted the Philadelphia Eagles who lost their quarterback Carson Wentz midgame as well, with Atlanta winning 24-20.

That means Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and New Orleans are all tied at 1-1, with Tampa holding the tie-breaker based on divisional record, and the Carolina Panthers are still winless at 0-2.

In Week 3, the Atlanta Falcons will travel to Indianapolis to face T.Y. Hilton and the Colts (1-1) for a Sunday noon CST kickoff. The rest of the NFC South kicks off Sunday afternoon, with the Buccaneers hosting the Giants (0-2), the Panthers visiting the Cardinals (0-1-1), and the New Orleans Saints playing in Seattle against the Seahawks (2-0).

All eyes will be on Teddy Bridgewater this week, but to say it’s not an easy matchup is definitely an understatement.

Let’s see how it goes.