NFC South Teams 0-1 In Week 1; Scouting New Orleans Saints Week 2

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(Source whodatdish.com)

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.

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  • unionbobbyandthebigtrucks

    Jay Cutler Spitting and our Bears fans throwing battery snowballs at you. LOL don’t make stuff up, I have season tickets and Soldier field is about the pinnacle of safety. (Unless you climb on the side of it in which case… as happened last year… you could fall) . Next time instead of railing about our fans try buying us a beer and get to know us. BTW last time I went to a game at NOLA it was Saints Browns, and your fans were not being very respectful after that was over and that is something I witnessed with my eyes not heresay.

  • Gene Higginbotham

    Sorry Union, Cutler’s a spitter. It looks like he’s spitting bits of notebook paper during the game. I also have season tickets to the Superdome and we’re pretty fan friendly in my section, even to Falcon fans. The treatment in ’07 was given. Not saying it was you but you can’t control everybody. Some very close friends and family(think I’ll tend to listen to them) relayed what happened. The battery comment you’ll notice had the words “Urban Legend” and “Brothers Grimm” i.e. fairy tale. I thought most people would get the sarcasm but obviously not. Besides people talk about the Dome and our fans and it dosen’t really bother me. It usually bothers people when they take it personal. Besides every venue has a crazy story(Philadelphia Eagles fans booing Santa Claus, etc.) so try to relax. See you Sunday and thanks for reading Who Dat Dish.

  • unionbobbyandthebigtrucks

    I’m not offended, trust me there! Nor am I mad, I just like a little online smack talk. You look like your grasping for things to make fun of the Bears on going into this weekend. See you game day :)

  • unionbobbyandthebigtrucks

    you’re – you got in my head with all of your logic magic!

  • Gene Higginbotham

    Understood my friend. Hey no need to grasp when it’s within reach. I’ve gotta wipe my TV down whenever Cutler has a bad series. Do you plan on making the game?

  • OsielMartinez

    As a Bears fan who will be at the game on Sunday and reading this post should I be worried about the safety of my wife at me at the superdome? I do not condone the way NO fans where treated in the playoff game, we even root for the Saints in the playoffs outside of games against my beloved bears. I’ve followed my team to many venues around the country and we have never had any issues really. How are NO fans with visiting teams?

  • Gene Higginbotham

    Osiel you have nothing to worry about. UnionBobby and I were just doing some good natured ribbing of each other. While I’m sure you’ll agree that there are “overboard” fans everywhere, the Superdome is fine. I sit in the new Bunker Club Section and we always have a good time with opposing fans….even the Falcons. Not sure where you guys are sitting but don’t be worried. You can read my article on my interview with “Voodoo Man” who loves hanging out with fans for the other team and buys them drinks. While the ’07 game may have been bad, my sister and aunt attended the Wild Card game in Seattle in January and said that was the worst(people flipping them the bird, numerous Katrina references, and one guy jumping in my sister’s face screaming, “F*** you and the f***ing Who Dat Nation!”). Some guys just can’t handle Vegas! Just get yourself a poboy(the Debris Poboy at Mother’s Resturant is excellent) or some chargrilled oysters(Drago’s tops ‘em with garlic butter and cheese..nuff said) and enjoy the atmosphere. It’ll be a good game for sure!

  • Gene Higginbotham

    BTW Osiel, speaking of Seattle, thanks for taking care of them for us in January! Everytime Hasselbeck cried about a call, an angel got their wings. Was rooting for you guys too on Sunday against the Falcons. See you Sunday!!

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @unionbobbyandthebigtrucks exact opposite, I really respect the Bears defense not making fun. But Cutler does make it easy for me, so no need to grasp when it falls in my lap! :)

  • OsielMartinez

    Thank you so much Gene, we are seating in section 617 row 33,if thats near where you seat and if you see a chubby guy with a beard a Peppers jersey and a bears hardhat, say hello and let me buy you a beer. I’ve been to New Orleans once on business and did not get to enjoy the city, but this time we are spending a few days in your fine city near the french quarter so needless to say we are very excited about our trip. Being a Chicagoan living in Texas, we will be driving from San Antonio, and are looking forward to some good Cajun food, could you recommend a good place near the french quarter? We’ll hit both spots you recommended! BTW we where Saints fans last Thursday, soooo close! Hoping for some overtime on Sunday!

  • unionbobbyandthebigtrucks

    @Gene Higginbotham Gene, you must realize we deal with Packer’s fans up here, we take nothing seriously. We can’t. We’d have gone totally crazy by now.

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @OsielMartinez you usually can’t go wrong anywhere in the Quarter brother. The Bunker Club is actually the newly renovated area on the bottom level. You’ll be above us on the opposite side in the Terrace. Just do yourself a favor and get some grub before hand since food prices are $$$ in the Dome. On the Packers game…very close. Just hope Ingram can do away with the tip toe style of running. Thought they were going to give it to Pierre Thomas who is a master at those kinds of situations(goal line leaps). Hope you guys have a great time and hopefully we might get a chance to catch up. Thanks again for reading Who Dat Dish.

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @unionbobbyandthebigtrucks touché my good friend! If I heard another Go Pack Go last Thursday…Safe to say you guys are looking forward to facing them again. Might get to see Urlacher do “the belt”. Btw a little jealous the Bears snagged Brandon Meriweather! Hoped we’d pick him up.