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Friday, September 9, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

APPLETON, Wis. -- Before we take a look at some statistics to reflect on the Saints' loss to the Packers on Thursday night, let's take a look at some headlines from around the rest of the division.

Mark Bradley writes that Atlanta’s 0-4 record in the preseason doesn’t matter. He’s right. Despite the winless preseason, I thought Atlanta’s starters looked better than anyone else’s in the NFC South during most of the exhibitions. The backups didn’t look great. That’s why they’re backups.

Keep a close eye on this situation. Carolina linebacker Jon Beason sat out Thursday’s practice because of soreness in his foot. Beason had surgery recently. The Panthers say they still expect Beason to play Sunday, but the soreness is not a good sign. If Beason is out, Carolina is without its defensive leader.

Raheem Morris has made a lot of impressive moves since taking over as coach of the Buccaneers. But this one might be the most impressive. Morris is taking the entire team to Friday’s funeral service for Tampa Bay legend Lee Roy Selmon. A lot of football coaches wouldn’t want to disrupt their schedule. Give Morris credit for realizing the significance of Selmon.

Jags Journal has something unique. It’s an All-Florida team, made up of members of the Bucs, Jaguars and Dolphins. The team is heavy with Buccaneers.

Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb has a pretty good idea of what he’ll see from Carolina’s defense Sunday. Kolb played in Philadelphia when Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was there. Kolb said he expects to see plenty of blitzes.