Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Bucs, Saints battle for unflattering title
By Pat Yasinskas
There won’t be any scoreboard-watching by NFC South teams Sunday because the Falcons already have clinched everything they can clinch and the other three teams are out of the playoffs.
But there might be some stat-sheet-watching as two division teams attempt to avoid a very unflattering distinction. The New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the league’s two worst teams when it comes to allowing yards after the catch.
The Saints head into the final week ranked No. 32 in the league with 2,177 yards allowed after the catch, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But the Buccaneers are within striking distance at 2,107 yards allowed after the catch.
For comparison’s sake, the Falcons are No. 23 with 1,662 yards allowed after the catch. The Carolina Panthers are No. 4 with 1,352 yards allowed after the catch.