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Film of the NFC South chat

Let's take a team-by-team look at some of the highlights from Friday's NFC South chat:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jamel (Richmond,Va): What is biggest obstacle for Falcons versus the Panthers?

Pat Yasinskas: Not having a letdown after playing a Monday night game, having a short week and traveling cross country for the San Diego game.

Tom (ATL): Hate to bring up this question so darn early, but with Sam Baker playing well, do you see the Falcons looking to extend his contract or still replace him with the 32nd pick next year? (see what I did there?)

Pat Yasinskas: I see what you did. I think they have to wait to make sure he keeps playing this way.

John (ATL): I have to admit I thought Tony G. would have a little bit of a down year with Julio and Roddy. Why do you think he's been playing so well?

Pat Yasinskas: I think Roddy and Julio have a lot to do with Tony's success so far. They're pulling most of the defensive attention and he's getting good matchups.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

RyanMac (Winston-Salem): Luke Kuechly -- Whats going on? Is it adjusting to the NFL, the position switch, or what? He was supposed to be the second coming of Dan Morgan. Your thoughts?

Pat Yasinskas: Give him a little time. No doubt he's had some problems, but I still think he'll be good.

J (SF): The Panthers were surprised by an improved Bucs D in a road game against a coach they didn't have any pro film on. Then they beat the Saints, then they were embarrassed by the Giants when they had just 3 days to prepare. I've been hearing that the early season Thursday games are really hard for young teams, whereas the Coughlin-Eli type crews that have been together for years handle it much better. So... are the Panthers actually a good, but inexperienced & inconsistent team, or are they just not very good?

Pat Yasinskas: Too early to tell on the Panthers. Think they're a team that could go either way. We'll find out a lot more about them Sunday.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Logan (Fla.): Pat do you see the Saints giving more touches to P. Thomas as season goes forward? Always produces but hardly sees a good number of touches! Kind of a waste actually. Thanks

Pat Yasinskas: Yeah, but they have to stop falling behind and being forced to abandon running game.

Matt (tupelo) [via mobile]: Akiem Hicks a starter by the end of the year?

Pat Yasinskas: Yeah, think that could come sooner, rather than later.

Sean (Vegas): Spags has to know by now that Saints cannot generate any pressure by just sending the front four. Do you think he tweaks his scheme going forward? Or are we just going to continue to watch the opposing QB stand there waiting for a WR to get open?

Pat Yasinskas: Think he almost has to make some tweaks. He's a smart coach and it's obvious things aren't working right now.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

derrick (illinois): Is Freeman going to be the future in Tb? Also D you think its time we see more of Blount,, Martin is ok

Pat Yasinskas: Have to give Freeman more time before making that decision. Sounds like you will see more of Blount. Not sure it will be a lot more, but more than in the first few games.

EastEndBoy (DC): If running is so importnat to the Bucs, why do they only have pass catching tight ends...didn't they see this coming?

Pat Yasinskas: Excellent point. Schiano has said from Day One that they would run the ball a lot.

Fred (New England ): How often do you think we'll see blount compared to Martin? Will it be like a 50-50 split or something?

Pat Yasinskas: No, think Martin still will get majority of carries. But Blount will get more than he did in first few games.

Here's the complete transcript of Friday's NFC South chat.