It’s been a pretty quiet Christmas Eve around the NFC South. But let’s take a quick run through the few headlines that have come out this afternoon.
Joseph Person reports that Carolina quarterback Cam Newton likely will face a fine for making physical contact with an official during Sunday’s game against Oakland. That’s not all that severe a penalty when you consider that Newton easily could have been ejected for touching the official.
Although his team is on a five-game losing streak, coach Greg Schiano said he still believes the Buccaneers are close. A month or so ago, I thought the Bucs were very close to being good. But what I’ve seen the last couple weeks makes me think they’re close to being among the league’s worst teams.
The Falcons continue to say they’re a different team than they’ve been in recent years. I suspect that may end up being true. But we’re not going to know for sure until we see them win a playoff game.