Around the NFC South

Time for a quick run through some odds and ends from around the division:


The coaching staff was very happy with how rookie Peter Konz fared in his first start at right guard. Even if Garrett Reynolds gets healthy quickly, I’d look for Konz to remain in the starting lineup.

Mark Bradley writes that Sunday’s victory at Philadelphia was the most impressive road win since the Falcons went up to New England and won, 41-10, in 1998. That parallel is significant. The 1998 team was the only one in franchise history to go to the Super Bowl.


We stay away from politics here. But, with the election coming up, it’s at least worth mentioning the Panthers, who play at Washington on Sunday, could play a role in the outcome -- sort of. If you believe in “the Redskins Rule,’’ history has shown that if Washington wins its game immediately before the election, the incumbent party almost always stays in control of the White House. If the Redskins lose, there’s generally a change at the top.


The NFL Live crew discusses the email, which now has become public, from former New Orleans assistant Mike Cerullo to the NFL that supposedly played a major role in the bounty investigation moving forward. I still don’t know that there’s any end to this drama in sight. But this could advance things a bit. The lawyers for the players facing suspensions now could get a chance to grill Cerullo about the accuracy of his information and his motivation for speaking to the NFL.


In this Insider post, Matt Williamson writes that the Buccaneers are showing uncommon faith in rookie running back Doug Martin. In the victory against Minnesota, the Bucs gave Martin 32 touches, despite having a short week of practice.

Speaking of how Martin has established himself as the feature back in Tampa Bay, Chris Sprow writes in this Insider piece that the Bucs should trade former starter LeGarrette Blount to Oakland. If the Raiders are willing to give up a draft pick, this makes plenty of sense. Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik likes to stockpile draft picks, and the Raiders long have been a popular destination for outcasts.