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Monday, November 5, 2012
NFC South programming notes

By Pat Yasinskas

ATLANTA -- I’m about to begin the trek back home to NFC South blog headquarters.

I’ll check in once I get home and we’ve got a big night ahead of us with the New Orleans Saints hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football." Colleague Ashley Fox will be covering the game from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and I’ll be providing halftime thoughts and a postgame wrap-up. Speaking of the Saints, if they win tonight, it will mark the first week this season in which all four NFC South teams have come away with a victory.

On the plane, I’ll be working on my All-NFC South midseason team, which will run a bit later this week. I had most of the team penciled in last week, but there were a couple of positions that were still up for grabs heading into the Week 9 games. There are several Saints who could also work their way onto the team Monday night, but I think it’s safe that unless New Orleans pitches a shutout against the Eagles, I’m leaning heavily toward not including any of their defensive players. That’s only because the New Orleans defense is off to a historically bad start.

Also, we’ve got a big week ahead as the Falcons prepare to play at New Orleans on Sunday. The Saints and Falcons have provided the division’s best rivalry in recent years. Even with New Orleans’ rough start, I’m sure the intensity will be high for this one.

The Falcons weren’t really happy with their loss in New Orleans late last season. In that game, some members of the Falcons felt the Saints ran up the score and left their starters in too long as they pursued several offensive records.

While I’m traveling, keep an eye on our main NFL page for any breaking news and I’ll weigh in on it once I’m back on the ground.