Saturday, September 24, 2011
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a look at the Saturday headlines from around the NFC South.
Although the sudden appearance of banners caused speculation that the Superdome had a new corporate sponsor, that’s not the case. But the Saints still are looking for someone to buy the naming rights.
Despite his success against most of the league, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman hasn’t had a lot of success against the Falcons. In his last three games against Atlanta, he’s completed only 50 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, three interceptions and three sacks.
New Orleans receiver Lance Moore hopes to fix the Saints’ woes in the red zone.
Although Carolina rookie Cam Newton is off to a great start, quarterbacks coach Mike Shula says there still is plenty of work to be done.
There still is no word on the status of Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson, who now has passed the anniversary of his one-year suspension. If Jackson met all the conditions set by the NFL, he could be reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell at any point.
I don’t think there was ever much doubt about this, but Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who was limited in practice for a couple of days, is expected to play at Tampa Bay on Sunday.