The NFC South was said by many analysts to be a tough division to face, but all four teams came up short in Week 1. Let’s also take a quick look at the New Orleans Saint’s Week 2 opponent, the Chicago Bears.
The two things that the Saints can grateful for this is that they were not the only NFC South team to suffer a defeat this week, and they are also ranked at the top of the division.
Oh, a small silver lining is that the Atlanta Falcons are ranked last. Hey, I’ll take what I can get.
Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons were handed a sound beating by the Chicago Bears with a score of 30-12. I actually thought the Falcons would win this, but turnovers were their undoing.
An interception and fumble by quarterback Matt Ryan were extremely uncharacteristic of his usual solid gameplay.
Running back Michael Turner also turned the ball over with his fumble. The only touchdown scored was by the defense, on defensieve end Kroy Biermann’s interception return.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers lost to the Detroit Lions 27-20. They had only one offensive touchdown scored while corner Aqib Talib scored a defensive touchdown after intercepting Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Stafford on the other hand had three touchdown passes for the Lions, who pulled away from the Buccanners in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the game
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals 28-21. This game surprised me as well and I thought the Panthers might pull a victory out.
Quarterback Cam Newton threw for 422 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. His 422 passing yards are the most eve for any NFL quarterback in their first game.
The Panthers were on the verge of evening the score, but they were stopped just a yard shy of a first down near the goal line on fourth down. The Cardinals then simply ran out the clock.
New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears-Week 2: Watching the Bears game yesterday gave me a few concerns for our game against them this upcoming Sunday.
The Saints offensive line will have it’s hands full for certain. The Bears were relentless in it’s pursuit of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, sacking him five times.
Bears corner Charles Tillman played excellent and he should be assigned to our best receiver. With Saints receiver Marques Colston injured, it will probably be receiverLance Moore, and that’s if he’s recovered from his groin injury.