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Thursday, September 15, 2011
NFC South is dropping the ball

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

We’re only one week into the season, but the NFC South isn’t faring very well in one key statistical category.

That’s dropped passes. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the league with five, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Atlanta Falcons are tied for third with three.

Plus, two NFC South receivers are tied for the league lead in drops with two each. Those are Atlanta’s Roddy White and Tampa Bay’s Arrelious Benn.

The other drops for the Bucs came from Preston Parker and tight ends Kellen Winslow and Luke Stocker. Atlanta’s other drop was by running back Jason Snelling.

On the other end of the scale, drops have yet to be a problem for New Orleans and Carolina. The Saints have only one drop. The Panthers haven’t had a dropped pass yet and rookie quarterback Cam Newton threw the ball 37 times on opening day.