It wasn’t a whole lot to report in the division as all 4 teams took on each other in Week 8 of the season. The New Orleans Saints won a thrilling game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We’ve dissected that game from just about every angle imaginable and while the Saints were victorious in the win column, they took a massive loss as they will be without starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the rest of the year as he suffered a torn ACL in the first quarter. Journeyman quarterback Trevor Siemian came in for relief work and managed not to turn the ball over and lead the Saints to a 36-27 victory. The defense once again turned over Tom Brady multiple times grabbing 2 interceptions, including a game clinching Pick 6, and forcing a fumble from the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Brady now has 8 turnovers in 3 regular season games versus the Saints as a member of the Buccaneers. Tampa will now head into their bye week while the Saints will host the Atlanta Falcons this upcoming Sunday.
Panthers 19 Falcons 13
This was an absolutely atrocious game from an offensive standpoint for both. Each team only scored 1 touchdown and both quarterbacks passed for under 150 yards in this one. The difference came down to the Falcons turning the ball over and the Panthers not. Matt Ryan threw 2 interceptions and the Falcons could not establish a running game all afternoon and only ran a season low 50 plays. Carolina on the other hand controlled the line of scrimmage and took pressure off of Sam Darnold who had been struggling mightily in the Panthers 4 game skid. Carolina rushed for 203 yards and held the ball 11 minutes longer than the Falcons en route to their 6 point victory. The loss snaps the Falcons 2 game winning streak as they will now head to New Orleans to take on the red hot Saints. The Panthers will travel back home to take on the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon.
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