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NFC South Preview – Week 4

Unbelievably, it’s week 4 in the NFL and we have already reached the bye weeks. First up for a rest in the NFC South is the Carolina Panthers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears

It’s a clash of Divisional leaders as the NFC South clashes with the NFC North at Soldier Field. An intriguing battle looms as both teams looked to build on their surprisingly impressive start to the season.

This game will be decided by how well Tampa’s O-Line protects their Quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, from a Kalil Mack lead Defense. Tampa struggled with pass rush from the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 and the Bucs Offensive Lineman are in for another torrid 60 minutes.

With the imminent arrival of Jameis Winston to the starting line-up, only an inspired performance from Fitzpatrick will prevent the veteran returning to his back-up role.

No such Quarterback dilemmas for Chicago. Mitch Trubisky will be looking to continue the improvement in this team but this game will be decided by his Bears teammates on the other side of the ball

Cincinnati Bengals @ Atlanta Falcons

Another road trip to an NFC South team for the Bengals after their defeat in Carolina last Sunday. Cincinnati will be hoping to get back to winning ways after they ran out of steam against the Panthers for their first loss of the season.

The loss of Running Back, Joe Mixon, was a big reason for their first loss and Cincinnati will have to find a way to counter the loss of their second year Back. The Bengals Defense has started the season well and this form will have to continue in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

As for Atlanta, only three weeks in to the season and the sense of frustration must be growing for the Falcons fans. A season already plagued by injuries, the Dirty Birds are continuing in their trend of losing games from winning positions.

Red zone woes continue to hurt the Falcons and an improvement in this part of the field has to happen for Atlanta to get back on track.

New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants

The Saints enter the Met-Life Stadium 2-1 after a thrilling Week 3 overtime win in Atlanta. Drew Brees, fresh from breaking Brett Favre’s completions record, will be looking to continue his early season form against the Big Blue.

New Orleans, like all NFC South teams, rely heavily on their Offense to win games. Wide Receiver, Michael Thomas, is shattering receiving records throughout the first three weeks of the season and his form should continue throughout this match-up. and the Giants.

It’s been another inconsistent start to the season for the Giants. Eli Manning has been blowing hot and cold and are struggling to put points up on the board.

After a 0-2 start, New York finally got their first win of the season last week in Houston but the Saints should be too strong for the G-Men.

 

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