Experts like Bucs, Saints and Panthers

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
3:02
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ESPN’s panel of predictors is pretty divided on two games involving NFC South teams Sunday.

The split is the closest on the game in London between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Six experts picked the Bucs and four chose the Bears.

In a mild surprise, seven experts chose the 1-5 Carolina Panthers to beat the Washington Redskins. I’m guessing the fact John Beck will be the starting quarterback for the Redskins might have something to do with that.

Eight panel members picked the Lions over the Falcons. But I think there’s a chance Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, who picked the Falcons, could end up being right.

The one thing everyone agreed on is the Saints will win against the Colts on Sunday night. Not surprising. Saints coach Sean Payton is injured, but he’ll still be involved. Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning is hurt and won’t be playing a homecoming game in the city where he grew up.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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