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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let's take a look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

— After allowing 13 sacks in the first three games, the Falcons have allowed 12 in the last 10 games. They still are working on continuity on the offensive line, but they seem to be making progresss.

— Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton has been on the field for all 839 offensive plays this season. Not bad for a guy who some doubted would be able to play in the NFL.

— Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen apologized for comments he made about New Orleans on a radio show.

— Despite reports to the contrary, Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris said he was on common ground with ownership and general manager Mark Dominik when deciding to keep Aqib Talib after the cornerback was involved in an offseason, off-field incident in Texas in March.

— The Times-Picayune has its weekly graphic on Drew Brees’ passing in Sunday’s game at Tennessee. Looks like Brees was at his best going down the middle of the field.

— ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Buccaneers considered firing Morris on Monday, but decided not to make a move because the team does not believe it has a suitable interim coach on staff.