NFC South Standings
(updated 9.16.2008 at 12:42 PM EDT)
Rather than just spit my own personal venom about the other teams within the NFC South and their current standing, I thought I would allow our NFC South Bloggers who cover their respective teams let you know how their weekend's match-up went:
Canal Street Chronicles:
The New Orleans Saints lost a tough one to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, 29-24. After a statistically poor first half the Saints actually led 10-9 heading into the locker room. In the second half the Saints began pulling away thanks to a Reggie Bush punt return for a touchdown, but the defense eventually fell apart, giving up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a long 67 yard pass to Santana Moss. The Saints just couldn't get a running game going, lost the turnover battle and exhibited many of the same defensive problems that haunted them last season. Hopefully some of our key injured players will be healthy enough to return next week and help improve this struggling defense.
Cat Scratch Reader:
The Bears defense dominated the Panthers offense for 2.5 quarters while special teams play and other miscues spotted the Bears a 14 point lead. Enter the Dragon named rookie RB Jonathan Stewart. Stewart energized a lagging offense to the tune of 77 yards and 2 TD’s to rescue a Panther offense from the Bears den. Both WR Musin Muhammad and SS Chris Harris provided key plays in defeating their former team 20-17 as Muhammad pulled in 5 catches and Harris forced a key fumble. Throw in a stout defensive effort, including a 4th and 1 run stuff to prevent a Bears comeback and you spell another Panthers come from behind victory.
Hi, JScott here, so I didnt exactly get Dave's opinion on the Falcons performance, because well we all saw it for ourselves. Michael Turner couldnt sniff 200 yards against an elite defense and QB Matt Ryan looked like a Rookie. I also didnt want to bother Dave as he and his fan base have been sobbing since Sunday... .
I was pretty shocked to see that the Saints had lost to the lowly Redskins. Not that the Redskins are really that lowly, they're just one of the most unpredictable teams in all of the NFL. Who would have thought the Panthers would be (2-0) without WR Steve Smith playing a single game? Wow thats scary. Welcome back to Pro Football Jake Delhomme, I think.
Thanks for the weekend wrap ups fellas.. If you're into spying on the competition, be sure to checkout their blogs: Cat Scratch Reader (Carolina Panthers Blog), The Falcoholic (Atlanta Falcons Blog), and Canal Street Chronicles (New Orleans Saints Blog).