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NFC South Standings, Schedule: New Orleans-St. Louis, Carolina-Minnesota

The New Orleans Saints take on a winless team for the second week in a row while the Panthers host the Vikings. Atlanta and Tampa Bay are enjoying bye weeks in Week 8

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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New Orleans vs. St. Louis, FOX, 1 pm: The Saints take on yet another winless team in the struggling St. Louis Rams who could be without quarterback Sam Bradford on Sunday. Drew Brees and company didn't pull any punches last week when they ran up 62 points on the winless Indianapolis Colts.

Minnesota vs. Carolina, FOX, 1 pm: The 1-6 Minnesota Vikings pay a visit to the 2-5 Carolina Panthers who snapped a three game losing streak in Week 7 defeating the Washington Redskins 33-20. Minnesota has sacked quarterback Donovan McNabb and hung tough with the undefeated Green Bay Packers last week.

Atlanta - Bye: The Atlanta Falcons enter their bye week at 4-3 and fresh off of a road victory over the Detroit Lions. The Falcons will take advantage of the week off as they heal up various injuries to key players like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.

Tampa Bay - Bye: Things have been up and down over the last three weeks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who enter the bye week at 4-3. The Bucs were embarrassed in San Francisco in Week 5 losing 48-3 but bounced back the next week to score an upset victory over the Saints. Tampa fell to Chicago last week in London and will look to refocus after the off week.


NFC South Standings

W L T PF PA
New Orleans 5 2 0 239 158
Atlanta 4 3 0 158 163
Tampa Bay 4 3 0 131 169
Carolina 2 5 0 166 183

(updated 10.25.2011 at 4:18 AM EDT)


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