The NFC South maintained a 3-1 record for the third staight week. The New Orleans Saints will have their first divisional game this week and the Atlanta Falcons will seek some revenge from an old foe.
New Orleans Saints: The Saints reached a 3-1 record Sunday when they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars. What many thought would be a blowout, actually turned ugly a few times when the offense sputtered after a fast start.
They found their groove again and the defense came alive in the second half to seal the victory. The Saints will travel to face rookie QB Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this Sunday in an important divisional game.
While the Panthers are merely 1-3, the Saints know that the Panthers have given them fits in the past. What is supposed to be an easy game, may turn into a shootout between Saints QB Drew Brees and Newton.
The Saints defense will need to be able to not only contain the running game from the Panthers running backs, but Newton himself who is known to scramble for yardage.
Although the Saints are on the road for the second straight week, I think that they will handle it as they always do. At this time, a reunion with ex-Saints TE Jeremy Shockey, who now plays for the Panthers, may be on hold because of a concussion he sustained.
My pick for the winner of this game: New Orleans Saints
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