Time for a Friday morning look at the top headlines from around the division:
Tight end Tony Gonzalez said his 13thPro Bowl selection is another way of proving people wrong. Gonzalez said people say he’s old and slow and he takes pride in showing them he still can produce. The funny thing is I don’t know that there really are that many people out there that doubt Gonzalez. But, if he thinks there are, let him use that as motivation because it seems to be working.
Quarterback Cam Newton reportedly was fined $21,000 for making contact with an official during Sunday’s victory against Oakland. This one could have been worse. Newton easily could have been ejected because touching an official is supposed to result in automatic ejection.
Running back DeAngelo Williams said he’d like to stay in Carolina, but he knows that decision isn’t up to him. It’s going to be tough to keep Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert next season because the Panthers are facing serious salary-cap challenges.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Quarterback Drew Brees and assistant head coach Joe Vitt said they’re as proud of this year’s team as any team in the past. That’s understandable. Despite a whole bunch of distractions and a very rough start, the Saints have put together a respectable season.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Quarterback Josh Freeman, who has thrown eight interceptions in the past two games, says he needs to get back to basics. Freeman looks like a guy who has fallen into the same pattern he was in last season when he was trying to do too much. He has a lot more talent around him now and he shouldn’t be feeling the need to force things.