Southern exposure for Week 5

Time for our weekly look at which NFC South games will be televised in what markets.

For a change, it looks like the whole nation will get to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They host the Colts on Monday night on ESPN and team officials have said the Bucs are closing in on a sellout. If the game sells out by Friday night, it will be shown in the Tampa Bay market.

That would end a streak of 10 regular-season games at Raymond James Stadium that haven’t sold out. It also would save Tampa Bay from being the first team to have a Monday night blacked out locally since Atlanta at the end of the 1999 season.

Let’s turn to the506.com for a look at where the other NFC South games will air.

The Saints play at Jacksonville at 1 p.m. Sunday and the Panthers play at Chicago at the same time. Neither team will get huge exposure because the game between Detroit and Dallas will be shown through much of the country. The Saints and Jaguars will air in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida.

The game between the Panthers and Bears will air throughout North Carolina, parts of South Carolina and in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana.

The Falcons play at Seattle in a late afternoon game that won’t get a lot of exposure. That game will be shown mainly in Georgia, Tennessee and the Pacific Northwest.