Buccaneers, Falcons not content with playing out string

Football 12/27/18, 20:20

Dirk Koetter doesn't think it benefits him or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to wonder what might have been.Win or lose Sunday's season finale against NFC South-rival Atlanta, the Bucs (5-10) will miss the playoffs for the 11th straight year.The Falcons (6-9) have had a tough go of it, too, though ...

Ryan, Falcons hand Panthers 7th straight loss, 24-10

Football 12/23/18, 16:19

Matt Ryan threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns, and the Atlanta Falcons handed Carolina Panthers their seventh straight loss and knocked their NFC South rivals out of playoff contention with a 24-10 win on Sunday.Ryan found Calvin Ridley for a 75-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the ...

McCaffrey, Kamara figure to play key roles on Monday night

Football 12/16/18, 12:52

There's been no such thing as a sophomore slump for Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.The two NFC South running backs have followed up strong rookie campaigns with even better second seasons for the Panthers and Saints, who'll meet Monday night in a game with big playoff ramifications for both teams.McCaffrey ...

Saints’ sweep of Panthers never far from QB Newton’s mind

Football 12/13/18, 18:06

Cam Newton keeps a black and yellow broom he was "gifted" by the Saints hanging in his locker, some omnipresent motivation after what happened a year ago when the Panthers met up with their NFC South rivals.New Orleans swept Carolina, winning both regular-season games in 2017 before eliminating the Panthers ...

Falcons face major task in rebuilding their running game

Football 12/13/18, 17:24

Coach Dan Quinn is not quite ready to look at rebuilding the Atlanta Falcons' running game for next year.He's more concerned with stopping a five-game losing streak that derailed the season and dropped the Falcons (4-9) to the bottom of the NFC South.But heading into Sunday's game against Arizona (3-10), ...

Brees leads 2nd-half comeback, Saints beat Buccaneers 28-14

Football 12/09/18, 16:48

Drew Brees threw for one touchdown and ran another Sunday to help the New Orleans Saints rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to clinch their second straight NFC South title with a 28-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Brees shrugged off a pair of turnovers to throw a 1-yard TD ...

Saints aim to get back on track against Buccaneers

Football 12/06/18, 19:19

The Buccaneers pulled off the biggest upset of the opening week of the NFL season, beating the Saints in a high-scoring shootout. Three months later, neither team is looking back.New Orleans (10-2) is on the verge of clinching another NFC South title. Tampa Bay (5-7) is trying to escape a ...

Brees, Saints never find rhythm as 10-game win streak ends

Sports 11/30/18, 01:02

Drew Brees didn't have a completion until the final play of the first quarter. His final pass, one he was trying to throw away, got intercepted.And things certainly were much better in between for Brees and the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints, whose 10-game winning streak ended in a 13-10 ...

QBs looking to elevate Panthers, Buccaneers down stretch

Football 11/29/18, 19:02

Cam Newton and Jameis Winston know there's no surefire way for a quarterback to lead a team out of a funk.What works in one situation may not necessarily be the answer in another.Newton's second-place Carolina Panthers (6-5) have lost three straight games following a 6-2 start, moving closer to the ...

Falcons preparing for new challenge from Ravens QB Jackson

Football 11/29/18, 17:48

The Atlanta Falcons must prepare for two quarterbacks as they await Sunday's visit from the Baltimore Ravens.Of the two, rookie Lamar Jackson is the hot topic of the week in the Falcons' locker room.The Falcons, who face Carolina and Cam Newton in the NFC South twice each season, have prepared ...

Saints’ winning streak should ring bell for opposing Cowboys

Sports 11/28/18, 12:43

Drew Brees and the Saints have a chance to do something that should seem familiar to Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. If it happens, New Orleans might even have the NFC South title already in hand by the end of the week.The record-setting quarterback will go for an 11th ...

Seahawks, Panthers chasing same wild-card possibilities

Football 11/23/18, 16:28

The good news for the Carolina Panthers is they return home Sunday to face the Seattle Seahawks where they've won 10 straight games.The bad news is it's highly unlikely the Panthers will play a playoff game in Charlotte, North Carolina, if they reach the postseason.The Seahawks (5-5) can relate.They and ...

Falcons consider OL changes to find protection for QB Ryan

Football 11/23/18, 15:50

Changes are being considered on Atlanta's offensive line after Matt Ryan was sacked six times in the latest of the Falcons' three straight losses.Coach Dan Quinn said Friday backup linemen Zane Beadles and Ty Sambrailo could have bigger roles as the Falcons try to find better protection for Ryan and ...

Saints win 10th straight, eliminate Falcons in NFC South

Sports 11/22/18, 23:42

Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes to inexperienced receivers and the New Orleans Saints won their 10th straight game Thursday night with a 31-17 victory over Atlanta that eliminated the Falcons from contention in the NFC South.Tommylee Lewis and Austin Carr each caught their second career touchdown pass, and rookie ...

Big 12 breaks out in NFL, can Saints top Chiefs-Rams totals?

Football 11/21/18, 14:05

Now that we've seen Big 12 football break out in the NFL — Rams 54, Chiefs 51 — can we get a college hoops score out of the Saints?The Who-Dats will be rocking the Superdome on Thanksgiving night, with New Orleans facing its archrival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints are ...

Saints still on top of Pro32 poll; Rams 2nd, Chiefs 3rd

Sports 11/20/18, 16:13

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints just keep on rolling.The Saints extended their winning streak to nine games with a 48-7 rout of the Eagles, handing them the most lopsided defeat for a Super Bowl champion.And the Saints will also get an early start on trying to make it ...

Maher boots FG on final play, Cowboys beat Falcons 22-19

Football 11/18/18, 16:15

Brett Maher shook off a missed extra point and kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play, giving Dallas a 22-19 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday after the Cowboys squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.Matt Ryan threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones for ...

Buccaneers searching for answers to defensive woes

Football 11/05/18, 19:50

It doesn't matter if Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick is at quarterback for the Buccaneers. A porous defense keeps undermining Tampa Bay's chances of winning.The Bucs (3-5) have lost five of six following a 2-0 start. Neither changing quarterbacks nor firing defensive coordinator Mike Smith has been an answer to ...

Panthers have stability at QB, Bucs seeking it in NFC South

Football 11/01/18, 17:37

The Carolina Panthers have stability at the quarterback position. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are desperately in search of the same.The teams appear headed in different directions entering an NFC South showdown Sunday in Charlotte — and quarterback play is a big reason why.Ryan Fitzpatrick replaces Jameis Winston, who was benched ...

sources: Giants trade cornerback Eli Apple to Saints

Football 10/23/18, 14:08

Two people with knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press the New York Giants are trading cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints.One of the people says the Giants will receive a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020 for Apple, a first-round pick in 2016 ...

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