Throughout the course of history the NFC South has been the most unpredictable division in the NFL with every team winning the division at least once in the last 5 seasons with the exception of the Buccaneers. As far as playmakes go this division has a bunch of those with guys such as Cam Newton, Steve Smith, Julio Jones, Drew Brees,Stephen Jackson,Doug Martin, Matt Ryan and more. Week 1 featured a lot of action and late game drama in the NFC South so lets get to it.
Game #1 Atlanta Falcons:17 @ New Orleans Saints:23
If your the type of fan that likes high scoring, action packed games then this is always a game to watch. It doesn’t get much better then Drew Brees and Matt Ryan as far as watching 2 QB's do battle against each other. The games between the 2 are usually high scoring but this game was a little abnormal.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and seized the momentum early on in the Super Dome.With a 25 yard Touchdown to Maques Colston ,Drew Brees and the Saints took the momentum in the 2nd quarter with 13 unanswered points to take a 13-10 lead into halftime.
The Falcons and Saints would trade touchdowns from Julio Jones and Jimmy Graham as the Saints led 20-17 heading into the games final quarter. With the game on the line deep in Saints territory Matt Ryan was picked off by Roman Harper in the endzone on what would have been the potential game winning touchdown.
Solid Debut For Jackson
Stephen Jackson was acquired in the off season by the Falcons to help the run game and he looked decent against the Saints as he collected 77 yards on 11 carries with a 50 yard run as his long for the day.
Colston Sets New Franchise Record
On his 1st touchdown reception of the season Marques Colston moved into the top spot as the all-time leader for receptions in New Orleans Saints history.
Game #2 Seattle Seahawks:12 @ Carolina Panthers:7
One of the more interesting games to me was the match up of Russell Wilson vs Cam Newton.The game was all about the defense as nether scored more then 14 points. The Panthers went up early in the game with a touch down to Steve Smith to take a 7-3 lead.
The next touchdown wouldn't come until all the way until the 4th quarter as Russell Wilson on a 43 yard strike to Jermaine Kearse which would be the deciding factor in Seattle's win at Bank of America Stadium. Mike Shula in his debut as offensive Coordinator for the Panthers limited Cam Newton's carries as he only rushed for 38 yards on 4 carries.
Deangelo Williams fumbled the ball as the Panthers were in Seattle territory as they were on the verge of re claiming the lead and getting their 1st win of 2013.
Whats Beast Mode?
Despite the loss the Panthers and the newly revamped defense held pro bowl running back Marshawn Lynch to only 43 yards on 17 carries.
Game #3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers:17 @ New York Jets:18
To say that the Buccaneers were stunned in Darrelle Revis's return to New York would be an understatement. The Buccaneers on paper are far better then the Jets but a self inflicting 13 penalties gave the Jets life which led to them losing. An early saftey on a bad snap to Josh Freeman was the pre cursor to what would take place at the end of the game.
The Bucs were up 17-15 when diaster struck and Lavonte Davis was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a late hit on Geno Smith. The personal foul moved the Jets 15 yards from the spot of the hit which set up the 48 yard game winning field goal by Nick Folk. It was a very undisciplined game by the Tampa Bay defense.
Vincent Jackson began his season with a bang collecting 154 yards on 7 receptions, very productive day for one of Josh Freeman's favorite targets.
NFC South Standings
Week 2 Match ups
Panthers @ Bills
Rams @ Falcons
Saints @ Buccaneers