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NFC South Week 1 Thoughts

Carolina Panthers: Defense just couldn’t stop Hakeem Nicks, but other than that, I thought they played exceptionally well. Quite solid despite giving up 31 points. Were up 16-14 at half. Just had no aid whatsoever from the offense. Jon Beason will have his squad ready for Tampa next week. Dan Connor looked very aggressive, reminded me of Dan Morgan, actually thought it was Morgan at first wearing #55. Matt Moore should be fine, just had a rough game. Jimmy Clausen will have to wait, isn’t time for him just yet.

New Orleans Saints: I don’t think they will miss a beat without Darren Sharper. Rangy Malcolm Jenkins covers more ground. Former Buckeye’s smooth transition from cornerback to free safety doesn’t surprise me. They actually might be better than last year’s unit. Jonathan Vilma is the heart and soul of the defense, he leads by example. May not make Pro Bowl or receive hype via flash plays, however, he provides just what they need, rock-solid consistency.

Run game showed in the 2nd half it has its own identity. Very effective, impressive. They controlled the game. Pierre Thomas is so instinctive. Hits hole sharp precision. Showed unbelievable patience, vision, and quickness. Zig-zagged his way in and out, through and around for tough inside yards. Offensive line is so good, they make Minnesota’s front four, arguably the best in the biz, look silly. Did you hear anything about Jared Allen or Williams Wall during Thursday night’s contest? Other than introductions, did their names even get mentioned?

This is a team that’s not hungover, serious repeat possibility. Camaraderie is excellent, second-to-none. Brees is just a remarkable player, commands with his presence and intensity. Do we really know how well he and his teammates truly gel? Sean Payton-Drew Brees dynamo is best HC-QB connection since Bill Walsh-Joe Montana. They are always on same page. This team is all in, all together. Warning to rest of NFC.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Raheem Morris has done wonders for this defense. Old man Ronde Barber still make game-changing plays at corner. His pick lead to huge six points right before halftime. If he doesn’t make that play, they may end up losing. Youthful front four collapsed pocket on a consistent basis. Like what I saw from this unit. Josh Freeman did just enough. He was solid, and so was Cadillac. What a story he is. Mike Williams is the real deal. What a catch he made in the back of the end zone off of a tipped pass! How did he manage to keep both feet in bounds? What presence of mind, focus, and shear concentration! One of the better plays I saw all weekend long. I’m excited to see the Freeman-Williams connection go to work and progress throughout the year.

Atlanta Falcons:
Curtis Lofton is Hawaii-bound. Worthy ‘backer that is rapidly becoming one of the best at his position in the conference. Kroy Biermann is a force to be reckoned with. A ton for any offensive tackle to handle. Non-stop motor, high intensity guy you love to have on your team. Erik Coleman looks old. Showed his age, looking really slow in pursuit during Rashard Mendenhall’s game-winning 50-yard touchdown run in overtime. Run game couldn’t get anything going. Imagine if Ryan could find a #3 receiver to go along with Roddy and Tony.

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One Response to “NFC South Week 1 Thoughts”

  1. PantherBill says:

    You thought they played exceptionally well??? What game were you watching? I thought special teams played well all day but other than that there was nothing positive about Sunday. O-Line stunk all day, couldn’t run block, couldn’t pass block. D-Line never got any pressure on Manning and therefore receivers ran around like they were alone in the backfield. Moore made pathetic decisions on passes and the secondary couldn’t cover any receivers. Stupid Godfrey failed to roll up to help corners. Marshall and Gamble looked like they had sniffed glue just before the game started and were dizzy. This performance has me very worried for the 2010.

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