It’s common knowledge in sports that if you take care of your own business, you don’t have to worry about anybody else as far as the standings are concerned.
While this is entirely true, getting some help along the way is never a bad thing. This column will be completely dedicated to the results of the other three NFC South teams throughout the season; hopefully we’ll be able to bask in their failures together.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Arizona Cardinals 27
Tampa Bay Buccaneers games are bordering on must-see television for casual football fans. When you showcase an explosive (and mistake prone) offense along with a terrible defense, you have the recipe for some exciting football games.
Following a customary Jameis Winston interception, we had a series of four consecutive scoring drives and then four consecutive drives which ended in punts between both teams. This truly was a back and forth fight, with neither team owning a lead which was greater than one possession all afternoon.
The Bucs turned a costly David Johnson fumble into the go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter, before using a game-winning Peyton Barber one-yard rushing touchdown to negate Christian Kirk’s third TD score of the day for Arizona.
Winston recorded 358 passing yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Barber was Tampa’s leading rusher with 43 yards and the go-ahead score. Mike Evans had 82 receiving yards.
Kyle Murray was impressive with 324 passing yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 38 yards. Christian Kirk exploded to the tune of 138 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.
Green Bay Packers 24, Carolina Panthers 16
Up in Green Bay, Wisconsin the snow fell and football weather was in the air for a matchup between two teams who were each looking to capitalize on New Orleans’ defeat earlier in the day.
Both teams matched each other for the most part in the first half, before Green Bay found its footing and started threatening to pull away in the third quarter. Aaron Jones started running right through Carolina’s defense to the tune of three touchdowns, and the Packers owned a 24-10 third quarter lead.
Carolina pulled back a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and orchestrated a methodical 18-play potential game-tying drive, which ended at Green Bay’s 1-yard-line as time expired. From the 2, Carolina handed it off to Christian McCaffrey who was stopped agonizingly close to the goal line, as Green Bay escaped with a victory and the 2-seed in the NFC.
Aaron Rodgers had 233 passing yards and left all of the scoring to be done by Aaron Jones, while not turning the ball over. Jones recorded 93 rushing yards and the three TDs. Davante Adams was the leading receiver with 118 yards.
Kyle Allen recorded 307 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception. McCaffrey had 108 rushing yards and a score. D.J. Moore was the leading receiver with 120 yards, and Curtis Samuel secured the lone receiving touchdown.
NFC South Standings after Week 10
1. New Orleans Saints (7-2 overall record; 1-1 division record) - Next at Buccaneers
2. Carolina Panthers (5-4 overall record; 1-1 division record) - Next vs. Falcons
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6 overall record; 1-2 divisional record) - Next vs. Saints
4. Atlanta Falcons (2-7 overall record; 1-0 divisional record) - Next at Panthers