Week 2: NFC South Postgame Storylines
Kyle T. Mosley
NFC South postgame storylines on the Saints foes, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
SAINTS INVADE THE DEATH STAR
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans touched-down in Las Vegas earlier on Sunday. Sean Payton and his brain-thrust will install final gameplans for Monday night's battle in the desert with the Raiders.
The Saints are a 5.5 point favorite in a historic Monday Night Football affair in the first-ever NFL game in Las Vegas, NV.
Prediction: 41-28 Saints Win over the Raiders
Saints vs. Raiders Early Storylines
- Saints at Raiders: Matchups to Watch (Bob Rose)
- Saints vs Raiders a First Look (John Hendrix)
- Drew Bress and the Saints on Monday Night Football (John Hendrix)
- How the Loss of Michael Thomas will affect the Saints (Bob Rose)
- Friday Injury Report (Kyle T. Mosley)
- Saints X-Factors (Brendan Boylan)
FALCONS BLOW IT AGAIN
The Falcons led the Cowboys by 20 points in the first quarter. In that quarter, Dallas had five possessions ending in three fumbles, one punt, and a turnover on downs.
Atlanta was unable to hold a 29-24 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Falcons scored 10 points in the late quarter but gave up 16 points to the Cowboys to lose 40-39.
What hurts for the Falcons is the fact quarterback Matt Ryan turned-in a solid performance. Ryan was 24/36, 273 yards, 4 touchdowns with a 126.3 passer rating. Most of all, zero turnovers by him and the team.
Can Falcons head coach Dan Quinn survive blowing another huge lead in the NFL? Will the Cowboys finally pay Dak Prescott after his 450 yards passing and 4 touchdowns?
- Cowboys 40, Falcons 39: McCarthy's Magicians (SI, Mike Fisher)
- Falcons Blow 19-point Second-half Lead, Lose 40-39 to Cowboys (SI, Hood)
- Falcons’ epic collapse against Dallas was an NFL first (AJC)
- The Cowboys had no business winning vs. Falcons. That is, until Dak Prescott changed the narrative. (Dallas Morning News)
BRADY WINS HOME OPENER OVER SLOPPY PANTHERS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers
Tom Brady guided the Buccaneers to a 31-17 win over the Panthers in their team's home opener in Tampa, FL. Costly mistakes by Carolina's Teddy Bridgewater and the loss of superstar running back Christian McCaffrey contributed to the Panthers' downfall.
Brady led the Bucs to an early 21 point first-half lead. Running back Leonard Fournette's presence in the Tampa backfield was felt on Sunday. The punishing rusher had two touchdowns off of 12 rushes for 103 yards. Brady connected 23 times for 217 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Bridgewater tossed 33/42 and 367 yards. Unfortunately, his two interceptions told the day's story for the former Saints quarterback.
Unless the Panthers can protect the football, convert in the red zone, and limit the big-plays in the secondary, it will be a long year for head coach Matt Rhule's team. The Panthers can move the football and sustain drives, but if McCaffrey is out for an extended period this season, Bridgewater will have to cut down on his turnovers. Four team turnovers on the day was too much against Tom Brady in any game.