NFC South: preseason week 2

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

In 2018, the NFC South produced one playoff team and three others who woefully under-performed vs expectations.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints took a 13-3 record into the post-season and lost in what many fans still call an egregious error by the officials.

The Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers both finished with 7-9 records, which was definitely not what most pundits predicted when the season began.

And finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a dismal 5-11, are still struggling to live up to the promise that drafting quarterback Jameis Winston showed back in 2015.

Will this year see a shake-up in the rankings? Let’s see how they look so far…

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Checking in on the New Orleans Saints

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Their season ended in a heartbreaking manner: so very close to the Super Bowl, only to be stopped by a controversial call.

I decided to go ahead and check in on the Saints this offseason, since we here at OurTurf hadn’t talked about them too much.

I asked one of our good friends and obviously, huge Saints fan Greg Barber about the team, offseason changes, their quarterback and his thoughts on the 2019 season.

 

SG:  How’s the offseason going for the Saints?

GB: How is the offseason going for the Saints? I think the Saints offseason went good for the most part. They didn’t suffer many major losses.  Not that losing [former Saints running back Mark] Ingram and [center Max] Unger were not major losses, but they managed to keep the main core players together.

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The impact of a “possible” 2021 lockout on today’s contracts

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It was announced that the NFLPA and the league were going to start talks about the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yes, there are two years left on the current CBA. The fact they are starting now should give you an idea of how complicated this is going to be.

Let’s be real. I put the word possible in quotes because the probability of there being a full NFL season in 2021 is slim to none. The players are feeling their power, as they should, and many are already talking about the upcoming CBA negotiation. Owners, at the same time, are trying to hold on to their power, yet please the players. We know that probably won’t happen quickly. Therefore, we need to prepare ourselves for a lockout.

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Checking in on the quarterbacks in the NFC South

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //  @Mom23RN

I’ve hit the NFC North and NFC East.  This week, I head down to the durrty south.

These quarterbacks are about as stable as they get, outside of Tampa Bay, and even that’s not that truly unstable.   Despite quarterback Jameis Winston‘s issues, he’s still in the mix.

So, lets look at Winston, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton and ask the question, “What will 2019 look like for these quarterbacks?”

Since I’ve mentioned Winston, let’s start with Tampa Bay.

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Dear Saints Fans

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Hi Who Dats!

It’s me, Sonja.  Congrats on an amazing 2018 season!  I was hoping your team was going to make it to the Super Bowl.  Can’t have enough 40+year-old quarterbacks there, right?  I would have really liked to see Drew Brees cap off an MVP caliber year and ride off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory.  I’m sorry that it can’t happen because of officiating.  And that is an awful position to be in.  As a Detroit Lions fan, I, unfortunately, know all too well about poor officiating leading to bad outcomes.

Where shall I start?

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Saints determined to make another Super Bowl run

Wanda Wiedman, Saints contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

Since the beginning of the season, it has been all about quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs heading to the Super Bowl to challenge the Los Angeles Rams.  But silently and methodically the New Orleans Saints have been keeping pace with the two powerhouse teams.

No one seems to talk about how the Saints are 9-1, alongside the Chiefs and Rams. The love fest displayed for the young quarterback Mahomes has several media analysts salivating. While the Rams run game cannot be matched.

But in New Orleans stands a humble, veteran QB in Drew Brees. He has tasted the sweet elation of a Super Bowl win and can see it as it gets closer.

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The Saints Are Survivors

Official New Orleans Saints Reporter

 

By Christy Chauvin //@WhoDatWarriors

 

Looking back at the Saints since the pinnacle of their 2009 Super Bowl success, you would have to say this team is full of survivors who know how to change and become better.  A list of what they have survived:

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Previewing Saints and Rams

Official New Orleans Saints Reporter

By Christy Chauvin //@WhoDatWarriors

 

New Orleans Saints versus Los Angeles Rams will provide an optimum window into each team. The teams are vying for the 3rd and 4th seeds in the NFC playoff picture. The following are my impressions from watching the Rams games heretofore.

These thoughts should be considered in light of the fact that defensive end Alex Okafor (out for season), cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and cornerback Ken Crawley will not be in the game for the Saints.

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How The Saints and Redskins Match Up

Official New Orleans Saints Reporter

By Christy Chauvin // @WhoDatWarriors

The New Orleans Saints will face the Washington Redskins this Sunday.  It can be argued as their first matchup against a good quarterback who is not suffering with an injury since Tom Brady.  They faced Cam Newton and Jameis Winston both of whom were working through shoulder problems, and a banged up Matthew Stafford.

This could be their toughest test during their current winning streak. The Washington Redskins will be without running back Robert Kelley, defensive back DeAngelo Hall, and possibly wide receiver Ryan Grant.

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Page’s NFL Week 8 Picks

NFC Coordinator
Page Gerrick Denny

by Page Gerrick Denny // @PDenny29

Week 7 was full of surprises, and I still ended up picking 10 games correctly. Week 8 is likely to be a bit more predictable, but if the trend of 2017 being weird continues, we could all be shocked by some of the outcomes. I’m a bit late getting my column written, so for now, I’m posting my picks for the first six games of the week. I’ll update this a bit later with the remaining games. Here’s to Week 8!

Miami Dolphins (4-2) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-4)

Thursday Night Football pits the 31st ranked offense and 18th ranked defense of the Ravens against the 32nd ranked offense and 10th ranked defense of the Dolphins. With rankings like those, it’s pretty clear this game will be decided by the defense that plays the most complete game.

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