Season 3 Team Reports – NFC South

NFC South

 

Team Name: New Orleans Saints

 

Record: 7-6

 

Offensive Stat Leaders:

  • Passing: 
    • QB Trey Lance; 209/301, 69.4% comp, 2554 yards, 17 TDs, 22 INT, 83.7 QBR
  • Rushing:
    • HB Alvin Kamara; 159 attempts, 1017 yards, 21 broken tackles, 7 TDs, 2 fumbles
  • Receiving:
    • 1. WR Michael Thomas; 50 receptions, 931 yards, 236 YAC, 7 TDs
    • 2. TE Allen Lazard; 35 receptions, 434 yards, 210 YAC, 2 TDs
    • 3. HB Alvin Kamara; 41 receptions, 329 yards, 322 yards, 3 TDs

 

Defensive Stat Leaders

  • Tackles
    • 1. CB Daryl Worley; 36 Tackles
    • 2. SS Chauncey Gardner-Johnson; 35 Tackles
  • Sacks
    • 1. DE Cameron Jordan; 8 Sacks
    • 2. CB Daryl Worley; 1 Sack
  • Interceptions
    • 1. SS Chauncey Gardner-Johnson; 8 Interceptions
    • 2. FS Marcus Williams; 7 Interceptions
  • Forced Fumbles
    • 1. DE Cameron Jordan; 2 Forced Fumbles
    • 2. CB Marcus Lattimore; 1 Forced Fumble

 

Team Stats

  • Passing offense rank: 25th (2786 yards)
  • Rushing offense rank: 10th (1759 yards)
  • Passing defense rank: 8th (2927 yards allowed)
  • Rushing defense rank: 8th (1365 yards allowed)
  • Points scored per game: 28th (25 PPG)
  • Points allowed per game: 7th (25 PPG allowed)

 

Season summary:

Under a new coaching staff, the New Orleans Saints have become playoff contenders in the NFC. Behind the strength of Alvin Kamara and a suffocating defense, they’ve found themselves one spot out of the playoffs. In his second year as the starter, Trey Lance has had his role minimized to more of a game manager. The Saints aren’t asking him to win games for them, they’re asking him not to lose them. Kamara has been lights out in both the passing and rushing game, and the defense has been one of the hardest to move the ball against. Allowing the same PPG that they score, it’s no wonder that this team is hovering around .500. Most of their games are going to be a toss-up. They can compete with most of the teams in their conference, but without a strong passing attack, are going to struggle. 

 

Playoff outlook:

Now with only two games remaining, the Saints are extremely close to making the playoffs in their first season under new management. They have two games left that won’t be easy wins, but are winnable for sure. The Browns will either be playing for draft position or content points, while the Buccaneers will either be fighting to finish 16-0 or will rest their starters before the playoffs. The Saints control their destiny, but this final stretch could depend on which opponents show up. Cleveland has a chance to knock New Orleans out of the playoff race with an upset victory, and the Buccaneers game in week 17 could be what determines the Saints’ fate. 

 

Remaining Opponents:

  • Week 14: W 24-17 Carolina Panthers (6-7)
  • Week 15: W 35-13 Los Angeles Rams (1-13)
  • Week 16: Cleveland Browns (4-9)
  • Week 17: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-0)

 

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Team Name: Buccaneers

 

Record: (12-0)

 

Offensive Stat Leaders:

  • Passing:  
    • QB S. Howell; 191-274, 69.7 comp, 2992 yards, 28 TDs, 9 INTs, 126 QB Rating
  • Rushing:
    • RB R. Jones II; 136 att, 962 yards, 26 broken tackles, 9 TDs, 3 fumbles
  • Receiving:
    • 1. WR M. Evans; 58 rec, 1165 yards, 260 yac, 13 TDs
    • 2. WR C. Godwin; 32 rec, 494 yards, 111 yac, 6 TDs
    • 3. TE O. Howard; 26 rec, 487 yards, 177 yac, 3 TDs

 

Defensive Stat Leaders

  • Tackles
    • 1. LB D. White; 52 tackles
    • 2. LB L. David; 40 tackles
  • Sacks
    • 1. OLB S. Barrett; 6 sacks
    • 2. DT V. Vea; 13 tackles
  • Interceptions
    • 1. SS H. Smith; 7 interceptions
    • 2. CB C Davis III; 5 interceptions
  • Forced Fumbles
    • 1. LB D. White; 4 forced fumbles
    • 2. LB Shaq Barrett; 2 forced fumbles

 

Team Stats

  • Passing offense rank: 15th (3044 yards)
  • Rushing offense rank: 10th (1633 yards)
  • Passing defense rank: 16th (3003 yards)
  • Rushing defense rank: 11th (1332 yards)
  • Points scored per game: 3rd (39 ppg)
  • Points allowed per game: 3rd (22 ppg)

 

Season summary:

The Buccaneers are the biggest surprise of the entire league this season. Nobody could have expected rookie QB sensation Sam Howell to slip out of the top 10 of the draft, let alone win his first 12 starts in a row with the Buccaneers. The Buccs have always had a phenomenal roster with superstars at every position of the offense and defense, but Tom Brady hasn’t been able to get the success from this roster in the same way Sam Howell has in his first season. He isn’t doing it alone though as the rushing attack has allowed this offense to stay balanced, and the most important thing they’ve done is turn the ball over the fewest number of times in the entire league. The defense is equally as scary, and the real reason they’re undefeated and can make it to the super bowl, only allowing 22 points per game through 12 games this season.

 

Playoff outlook:

The only undefeated team in the NFC. With the AFC South already clinched up and a couple games away from clinching the #1 seed, it’ll be interesting to see how Tampa Bay treats the end of their regular season. Will they rest their starters to prepare for a super bowl run, or will they play normally to try and maintain their momentum going into the playoffs? 

 

Remaining Opponents:

  • Week 14: Falcons (6-6)
  • Week 15: Panthers (6-6)
  • Week 16: Ravens (9-3)
  • Week 17: Saints (6-6)

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Team Name: Atlanta Falcons

 

Record: (6-7)

 

Offensive Stat Leaders:

Passing:

  • QB Malik Cunningham; 157/258, 60.9 % comp, 2244 Yards, 13 Tds, 28 Ints, 60.7 Rating

 

 

Rushing:

  • RB Todd Gurley; 162 attempts, 1080 yards, 15 broken tackles, 13 Tds, 0 fumbles

 

 

Receiving:

  • 1. WR Julio Jones; 31 rec, 603 yards, 216 YAC, 4 TDs
  • 2. WR Noah Togiai; 28 rec, 417 yards, 144 YAC, 4 TDs
  • 3. WR Calvin Ridley; 28 rec, 411 yards, 105 YAC, 1 TD

 

Defensive Stat Leaders

Tackles

  • 1. LB Deion Jones; 52 Tackles
  • 2. LB Javin White; 37 Tackles

Sacks

  • 1. LB Joseph Ossai; 7.5 Sacks
  • 2. DT Jonathan Allen; 5 Sacks

Interceptions

  • 1. Fs Hamsan Nasirildeen; 5 Interceptions
  • 2. CB’s A.J. Terrell/ Israel Mukuamu tied with 4

Forced Fumbles

1. LB Deion Jones; 4 forced fumbles

2. SS BJ Foster; 3 forced fumbles

 

Team Stats

Passing offense rank: 23 (2,724 yards)

Rushing offense rank: 3 (1,850 yards)

Passing defense rank: 23 (3,320 yards allowed)

Rushing defense rank: 14 (1,527 yards allowed)

Points scored per game: 22 (27 points)

Points allowed per game: 19 (31 points allowed)

 

Season summary:

The Falcons were one of the 2 tougher cap situations dealt to our users and ended up not andeling it the best. They traded away a few of their good players hoping to hit on draft picks and that wasn’t the case which hurt them in the long run. The Falcons are well coached but they’re just pretty inconsistent in late game situations that cost them big time. They have a top rushing attack with 2 #1 receivers so if you can’t win with that obviously their qb isn’t the guy. Beating the undefeated Giants at the time but then beating the 1 win Rams by a Td is the type of inconsistency during the season I’m talking about.  It was just a tough season overall with the playoffs looking like a long shot along with going 0-5 in the division

 

Playoff outlook:

Sitting at 6-7 the Falcons are only 1 game back but for some reason it feels like more than that. If they can figure out some recipe for success and stop turning the ball over I feel like they can compete with anybody so it’s not out of reach. Their final 2 games are against 2 opponents fighting for seeding in the afc/nfc so it won’t be easy. They’ll need to win out and get some help if they want a shot but it’s definitely capable so this finish for the nfc wildcat spot will be a good one.

 

Remaining Opponents:

Week 15: Steelers (4-9)

Week 16: Seahawks (7-6)

Week 17: Ravens (10-3)

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Team Name: Panthers

 

Record: 6 – 7

 

Offensive Stat Leaders:

Passing: 

– J. Fields​ 264/364​, 2934 yards, 15 TDs, ​​24INTs

Rushing:

C. McCaffrey​, 117 carries, 503 yards, 3 TDs

N. Harris​, 89 carries, 434 yards, 4 TDs

 

Receiving:

D. Moore​, 42 receptions, 692 yards, 2 TDs

C. Samuel, 49 receptions, 658 yards​, 3 TDs

C. McCaffrey​, 71 receptions​, 641 yards, 3 TDs

 

Defensive Stat Leaders

Tackles

K. Fuller 34 tackles

C. Chinn​, 29 tackles

 

Sacks

D. Hollifield​, 5.5 sacks

B. Burns​, 5 sacks 

 

Interceptions

D. Jackson​, 8 INTs

T. Campbell, 7 INTs

 

Forced Fumbles

Z. Zandier​, 3 FFs

P. Wilson, 2 FFs

 

Team Stats

Passing offense rank: 20th

Rushing offense rank: 10th

Passing defense rank: 14th

Rushing defense rank: 6th

Points scored per game: 26th

Points allowed per game: 22nd

 

Season summary: High hopes in Carolina have started to fade. After winning 4 games in a row early in the season, the Panthers have gone 2 and 5 since and are now on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. The Commish has built a solid team, but still can’t quite get over the hump when it comes to consistently winning virtual football games. Its not over yet, but the Panthers will need to win at least 2 of their last 3 games to have a shot at the tournament.

Playoff outlook: Currently the Panthers are 9th in the NFC, 2 spots out of the final Wildcard. In order to sneak into the postseason they will need to win 2 of their last 3 games. That will be tough as they will face off against the undefeated Buccs, a resurgent Lions team, and a garbage ass front running Steeler squad.

Remaining Opponents:

Week 15: Buccaneers

Week 16: Lions

Week 17: Steelers

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