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Monday, September 12, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- As I head back to NFC South blog headquarters, let’s take a run around the NFC South.

Gene Wojciechowski writes about how Cam Newton’s record-setting debut is giving the rest of the Carolina Panthers hope.

Tom Sorensen said football is exciting and fun again for Carolina fans. That’s almost entirely due to Newton.

The agent for receiver Randy Moss said he hasn’t heard anything from the Saints. New Orleans will be without Marques Colston for a bit as he recovers from a broken collarbone. Lance Moore also was sidelined for the opener with a groin injury.

Jacquizz Rodgers got some playing time for the Falcons, but the rookie didn’t do a lot. That doesn’t matter in Oregon, where the debut of a late-round draft pick was such big news that the local paper sent a columnist to Chicago.

Although Aqib Talib did return an interception for a touchdown, Stephen Holder writes that Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson still got the better of the Tampa Bay cornerback.

Jeff Schultz writes about how the Falcons showed no explosiveness against the Bears. This wouldn’t be that big a deal if Atlanta hadn’t spent the entire offseason talking about being more explosive.

Martin Fennelley writes about Tampa Bay’s offense, supposedly the team’s bright spot, having a very disappointing day.