The New Orleans Saints remain in first place in the NFC South after they cruised past the Arizona Cardinals, 31-7.
There is now a tie for second in the division between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons as both teams are 1-2. The Panthers blasted the New York Giants 38-0 Sunday afternoon, while the Falcons fell on the road to the Miami Dolphins, 27-23.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit in last place after a lackluster 23-3 defeat on the road against the New England Patriots.
NFC South Standings after Week 3:
1. New Orleans Saints – 3-0
2. Atlanta Falcons – 1-2
3. Carolina Panthers – 1-2
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 0-3
Week 4 sees the Buccaneers host the Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium.
The Falcons will host the Patriots on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, while the Saints get their own primetime slot on Monday night as they host the Dolphins.
The Panthers are on their bye week.
Week 3 Schedule (all times Eastern):
Arizona Cardinals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29th
New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons – 8:30 p.m., Sunday, September 29th
Miami Dolphins @ New Orleans Saints – 8:30 p.m., Monday, September 30th
Bye Week: Carolina Panthers
It’s safe to say the Buccaneers need to get their first win of the season at home to the Cardinals, especially as they are on their bye week the following week.
The Falcons and Saints get to show the world how good they really are on primetime television, but they face tough tasks against teams that are 3-0. The Panthers get to rest up for a week after their demolition job of the Giants.
After three weeks, the NFC South looks a little suspect. The Saints are exceeding expectations, while the Bucs, Panthers and Falcons are all underperforming based on the pre-season expectations of all four teams.