After winning our first six games, the Falcons had this week off so I figured it would be a good opportunity to take a lap around the NFC South and see how they fared this week. In a divisional game the Saints traveled to Tampa Bay and in a conference game the Panthers hosted the Cowboys. How did they fare?
Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers
The Panthers dropped a close one to the Cowboys as the "boys" hit two field goals with less than four minutes to go in the game. Here are the different perspectives from the fanbases, sounds like a lot of complaining coming out of Carolina. The Panthers fell to 1-5 on the year.
Though its hard to blame the refs too much when the offense plays so poorly they had a chance to drive for a game winning score at the end. But there were three the Panthers send to the league office I bet:
1 - With 2:11 in the game and facing a 4th and 1 the Panthers the Cowboys were caught dead running their defense back out late and the Panthers hiked the ball and converted the 4th down. But a late whistle at the snap gave the Cowboys a time out.......
The Dallas Cowboys picked up their second road win of the year, defeating the Panthers in Carolina, 19-14 and moving to back to .500 on the year at 3-3. The defense provided a huge boost for a team who was coming off of a disappointing loss in Baltimore last week, Dallas snapped their two-game losing streak and gathered some momentum going into next weeks showdown with the Giants.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs jumped out to a 14-0 lead after rookie Doug Martin ran in a 36 yarder. The Saints were down 21-7 in the second but Drew Brees threw three TD passes in the second stanza to take a 28-21 to half time and the Bucs could not recover.
An offensive touchdown that would tie the game on the final play was negated by a legitimate illegal touching penalty saved the Saints and allowed them to leave Tampa with a fortunate 35-28 win. The game felt a little bit like the Chiefs game late, where the Saints let a big lead evaporate and their defense was gashed for yardage at will.
Bucs fans are heartbroken after Tampa lost a close one to the Saints on Sunday, but while the call was tough to negate a touchdown that would have tied the game the call was correct.....
It hurts to lose in the fashion the Buccaneers did, but let’s not let that cloud our intelligence. The correct call was made, and rather than blame the refs, just acknowledge that it was strange circumstances......
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