Sky Sports live games
Tomorrow night’s live games on Sky show all four NFC South teams in action as the Carolina Panthers play the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers-Falcons game will be starting at 6pm on Sky Sports2, with the Saints-Bucs game starting at 9pm on the same channel. I expect to see two high scoring games as some of the best young Quarterbacks in the NFL as well as 2010 Super bowl MVP Drew Brees, take to the field. I’m going to give a quick outlook of which players to look out for in both games and also try to predict the outcome of the games. So here it goes.
1-4 Carolina Panthers at 2-3 Atlanta Falcons
Panthers rookie Quarterback Cam Newton has already shown flashes of greatness and silenced those who questioned the team selecting him Number1 overall in this year’s draft. Newton has thrown for 7 Touchdowns and has also run for 5 Touchdowns after only five games. This already eclipses the total Touchdowns thrown for by Panthers Quarterbacks from last season. Despite Newton’s excellence and the play of Wide Receiver Steve Smith who has over 600 yards receiving through five games (Smith had just 554 receiving yards last season) , the team is still bottom of the NFC South with their only win coming against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week3.
The Falcons are struggling to regain the form they had last season when they finished 1st in the NFC but were eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Star Quarterback Matt Ryan has looked inconsistent at times this season and has thrown for 7 Touchdowns with 6 Interceptions. The Falcons are going to have to improve on Offense and start spreading the ball around more to their quality group of Wide Receivers if they want to return to the Playoffs. My prediction for this game is a Panthers upset. Panthers24 Falcons21.
Players to watch out for: Panthers- Quarterback Cam Newton, Wide Receiver Steve Smith, Defensive End Charles Johnson.
Players to watch out for: Falcons- Quarterback Matt Ryan, Running Back Michael Turner, Linebacker Curtis Lofton.
4-1 New Orleans Saints at 3-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Saints come into this game knowing that a win will give them a two game lead on top of the NFC South. Led by Quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints look to be a strong Super Bowl candidate with their only loss of the season coming against the Green Bay Packers in Week1. Drew Brees is second in the league in passing yards, trailing only Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. With so many weapons on Offense for the Saints to look out for, I expect RB/Return Specialist Darren Sproles and Tight End Jimmy Graham to both have a big game against the Bucs Defense.
The Buccaneers haven’t played as well as their 3-2 record may suggest. The Bucs suffered a heavy defeat last week at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers 48-3. Quarterback Josh Freeman looks to be struggling to contain his turnovers having already thrown for 6 Interceptions which matches his Interception total from last season. The Bucs need a win in this one to stay in the hunt for a Playoff place as their next game is a tough test against the Chicago Bears at Wembley Stadium. With the Saints explosive Offense, I just can’t see the Bucs getting the upset in this game. Saints231 Bucs14.
Players to watch out for: Saints- Quarterback Drew Brees, Running Back Darren Sproles, Tight End Jimmy Graham.
Players to watch our for: Bucs- Quarterback Josh Freeman, Running Back LeGarrette Blount, Wide Receiver Mike Williams.
So there is the preview, hope everyone enjoys the games live on Sky.