Around the NFC South


New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma sings the praises of the Saints' new starters on defense, safety Malcolm Jenkins and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

Atlanta running back Jason Snelling says the Falcons are feeling confident as they get ready to play the Saints.

Although it’s a battle of two undefeated teams, Sunday’s game between the Buccaneers and Steelers will be blacked out on television in the Tampa Bay area. The Bucs came relatively close, but weren’t able to sell this one out.

With Tanard Jackson suspended, rookie Cody Grimm, a seventh-round draft pick, will get the start at free safety. Grimm’s a little on the small side, but Pittsburgh’s quarterback situation means the Steelers might not be able to exploit the rookie.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will be profiled on an upcoming episode of “60 Minutes’’. The correspondent that did the story said he looked for “dirt’’ on Brees, but wasn’t able to find any. That’s largely because what you see is what you get with Brees. He’s a genuinely good guy.

Carolina quarterback Jimmy Clausen is in the spotlight as he prepares to make his first NFL start Sunday. But this is a guy who’s been under the microscope at Notre Dame and even back in his high school days.