It was a nice bounce back weekend for the NFC South as Week 4 saw 3 of the 4 teams lose that weekend. Week 5 was vastly different as 3 of the 4 teams won as the division starts to take shape heading into Week 6. We recapped the New Orleans Saints 33-22 victory over the Washington Football Team. Here is a look around the rest of the NFC South.
Falcons 27 Jets 20
Not sure how many fans apart from the team’s fanbases woke up earlier on Sunday to watch this one as the two teams played in London. The Falcons caught the Jets sleeping for most of the game as they built a 20-3 halftime lead and held on late to capture the victory. Matt Ryan was surgical in this game as he had a 73% completion rate with 342 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no turnovers. His favorite target was rookie tight end Kyle Pitts who caught 9 passes for 119 yards and a score in his best game of his young rookie career. Speaking of rookies, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson struggled much of the day against the Falcons defense. They sacked him twice, forced him into an interception and held him without a touchdown. The Falcons held the Jets to just 230 yards on the day and really stymied them in getting their second win of the season. The Falcons, like the Saints, have a bye this week before traveling to Miami to take on the Dolphins.
Eagles 21 Panthers 18
The Panthers 3-0 start seems like a distant memory now that the Panthers have dropped their last 2 games. Quarterback Sam Darnold did not give his team much of a chance in this one as he threw 3 interceptions that allowed the Eagles to hang around before finally overtaking the Panthers in the end. In what may have been one of the bizarre scores for halftime, the Panthers led 15-6 at halftime, but only managed 3 total points in the 2nd half. This was in part due to Darnold’s 2 second half picks and the Panthers inability to consistently move the football. The Panthers highly rated defense played well in allowing less than 300 total yards to the Eagles, but the turnovers by the offense put them in too many compromising situations that eventually let their downfall. The Panthers will look to snap their 2 game skid when they host the Minnesota Vikings at home.
Buccaneers 45 Dolphins 17
The fountain of youth must be present in the city of Tampa as this looks like 2011 for some of their veterans and not 2021. The ageless wonder himself Tom Brady had another unbelievable performance as he threw for 411 yards and 5 touchdowns. His favorite target of choice? How about 33 year old Antonio Brown who caught 7 catches for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tampa was an offensive juggernaut in this one as they amassed 558 yards and iced the game away in the 4th with 3 touchdown drives to finish off the Fins. The Tampa defense played well in this one as they caused 2 turnovers and sacked Miami 3 times on the day. It will be a quick turnaround as the Bucs travel to Philly for a Thursday night tilt against the Eagles.
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