NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers, Saints


The Saints and Buccaneers again fell short of the hype given to the matchup between Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Brees was exceptional but Brady and the Bucs were abysmal, going three-and-out on their first four possessions. Brady ended the game with three interceptions and the 38-3 dismantling was the worst loss of his career. 

“We didn’t play well in any phase of the game,” Brady said via Pro Football Talk. “Everyone’s got to do a lot better. And it starts with me.”



  • Per the Athletic’s Joe Person, Panthers HC Matt Rhule confirmed RB Christian McCaffrey injured his shoulder late in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. He said he’d have more information Wednesday but for now he considers McCaffrey day-to-day. 
  • Panthers OC Joe Brady moved from the booth to the sideline Sunday and Rhule confirmed the plan is for him to stay there the rest of the season. (Person)


Saints WR Michael Thomas spoke to the media for the first time since being injured Week 1, which gave him his first opportunity to answer questions about the fight in practice with teammate Chauncey Gardner-Johnson that delayed his return even further. Thomas acknowledged it was a learning experience for him. 

“My emotions got the best of me in that situation,” Thomas said via Luke Johnson of the Times-Picayune. “I’ve grown from that, and I’m here to help my team win games and finish the mission: To win a championship.”

Thomas hasn’t just dealt with injuries and conflict with teammates. There were reports that Thomas could be on the trading block, with some indicating those rumors originated with Thomas’ camp. However, he brushed past questions about that topic. 

“I can’t pay attention to any of that,” Thomas said. “I’m just trying to put my head down, get back and get out there and help my team.”

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