Checking out the expert picks

ESPN’s panel of experts are evenly split on Sunday’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants.

Seven are picking the Falcons to win and seven are picking the Giants.

The other games involving NFC South teams aren’t nearly as close in the eyes of the panelists.

They have the New Orleans Saints as the overwhelming favorite against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Adam Schefter was the only panelist to pick Tampa Bay. I’m mildly surprised by this one. The Bucs have been in a slump of late, but it’s not like New Orleans has been on a roll. I think Tampa Bay has shot to win this one.

Only three panelists (Schefter, Tom Jackson and Mike Ditka) chose the Carolina Panthers to win their game at the San Diego Chargers. I’m also a little surprised by this one. Carolina is coming off a big win against Atlanta and quarterback Cam Newton and the defense have played better recently. The Panthers also seem to be playing hard to help coach Ron Rivera keep his job, so I can also see Carolina pulling off the upset.