After a disappointing Week 2, the New Orleans Saints have reason to celebrate after Week 3. Here’s how it all went down:
In Week 3, the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) traveled to the Indianapolis Colts (1-1) and the Carolina Panthers (0-2) traveled to the Arizona Cardinals (0-1-1), both for a Sunday noon kickoff. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) and the New Orleans Saints (1-1) each had Sunday afternoon games, with the Bucs hosting the 0-2 New York Giants and the Saints playing in the not-so-friendly confines of Seattle against the 2-0 Seahawks.
The Atlanta Falcons lost to the Colts 27-24, dropping to 1-2, but losing Safety Keanu Neal for the season with what appears to be a torn Achilles. The Carolina Panthers were able to win without Cam Newton, beating the Cardinals to improve to 1-2. Not to be outdone with a 1-2 record, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost when a game-winning kick went wide against the Giants 32-31, dropping the Buccaneers to - you guessed it - 1-2. The Saints were able to avoid the 1-2 start, shocking the football world and upsetting the Seahawks with a final score of 33-27, improving to 2-1.
That means Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and Carolina are all tied at 1-2, and your New Orleans Saints are back in first place in the NFC South at 2-1.
In Week 4, the Atlanta Falcons are back home to host the 1-2 Titans while the Carolina Panthers travel to the 2-1 Houston Texans. Both of those game are set for Sunday noon CST kickoffs. Sunday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the undefeated Los Angeles Rams in L.A., and the New Orleans Saints host the undefeated Dallas Cowboys in New Orleans Sunday night.
The Buccaneers and Saints obviously have the short end of draw with their Week 4 opponents, but you have to play the cards you’re deal.