The New Orleans Saints got back to their winning ways this past Sunday with a 28-13 win over the New England Patriots. An opportunistic defense and an offense you made just enough plays was the winning formula for the Saints. They will look to add to their win total as they finally will host a game in the Cesar’s Superdome when they take on the New York Giants on Sunday. Most of the NFC South tasted victory this weekend as I recap the division in a look around the NFC South.
Panthers 24 Texans 9
The Carolina Panthers remained the only undefeated team in the division after their road win against the Houston Texans. Quarterback Sam Darnold once again had a solid game as he threw for over 300 yards and ran for 2 touchdowns in the win. The Panthers defense remained stifling as they held the Texans to under 200 yards of total offense on the night and sacked Texans 3rd string QB Davis Mills 4 times. The Panthers lead the NFL in sacks through the first 3 games and they have definitely been a surprise team early in the season. They will look to remain unbeaten as they travel to take on the Cowboys this Sunday at Jerry World.
Falcons 17 Giants 14
In a battle of winless teams it was inevitable that someone would be leaving the game with a victory. That turned out to be the Atlanta Falcons getting their first victory of the season. In what was an offensive struggle for both sides (this was a 7-6 game heading into the fourth quarter), the Falcons made enough plays to eek out the close win. Matt Ryan threw for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns, but avoided the big interception. This is something he didn’t do the previous week versus Tampa Bay when he threw 2 pick 6’s in the fourth quarter that directly led to his team’s demise. The Falcons defense finally showed some semblance of life this year. After surrendering back to back 30 plus point games to opposing offenses, they were able to corral the Giants and hold them to 14. They will hope to continue their winning streak as they host the Washington Football Team this Sunday afternoon.
Rams 34 Buccaneers 24
Many hyped this game as the one for NFC supremacy as many believe these were the 2 best teams in the NFC. If Sunday was any indication of that then the Rams may be clear cut favorites to reach the Super Bowl come February. After a slow start, Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense found their groove and torched the battered Bucs secondary to the tune of 343 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. The Rams at one point scored on 6 straight possessions building a 34-17 lead and never looking back. Brady for his part, could not rekindle the magic he had found his first 2 weeks of the season. Partly because no running game existed, he was the team’s leading rusher, and in part because he could not match the pace in which the Rams were scoring, lead to the Bucs losing their first game of the season. Brady threw the ball a season high 55 times and was sacked 3 times. The Buccaneers defense could not generate consistent pressure and as a result Stafford had a clean pocket to throw from as he picked the Buccaneers apart all afternoon long. Tampa will attempt to get back on the winning side of things as Brady makes his emotional return back to New England as an opponent this time of the Patriots. That game can be seen on Sunday Night Football.
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