Let's take a quick tour of the top headlines from around the division:
The Falcons may have a little edge on the Seahawks when it comes to preparation. The Falcons were off all last week and the coaching staff used that time to prepare for any of the three possible opponents. Once it was decided Seattle was the opponent, Atlanta’s coaching staff began focusing in on the Seahawks, who were flying across the continent Sunday night and will have to make another long flight to Atlanta.
Joseph Person has an overview of six candidates for the general manager position. The Panthers have been very quiet on this front, so it's at least possible there is another candidate or two in the mix.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Larry Holder writes that the injury to Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III could clear the way for Drew Brees to be named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Former NFL coach Brian Billick says Josh Freeman’s problems with accuracy stem from the decision-making process. He has a point. Too often, it was like Freeman was trying to force things and make the big play instead of settling for safer alternatives.