National Football League

Saints and Panthers battle for first place
(L-R) Drew Brees and Cam Newton
The winner of the game will take over sole possession of the top spot in the NFC South.
Charlotte, NC ( - Reaching .500 is usually not the recipe for first place in any sport but that's exactly where the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers find themselves as the two NFC South rivals get ready to meet on "Thursday Night Football."

The winner of Thursday's contest at Bank of America Stadium will take over sole possession of the top spot in the division, a testament to just how bad the NFC South has been thus far.

A Week 8 loss to Seattle dropped the Panthers to 3-4-1, percentage points clear of New Orleans, which is 3-4 and coming off its most impressive win of the season, a 44-23 drubbing of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The 2-6 Falcons and 1-6 Buccaneers round out the disappointing foursome.

"If you said at the start of training camp or OTAs, 'hey, you have a chance in Week 9 to be playing for first place, would you take it?' Yeah, I'd take it," offensive coordinator Mike Shula told the Panthers' website. "That's the mindset. You have to keep moving forward and forget about what's happened."  Full Story

Retelling 'Sybil' with Jerry Jones
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA ( - Retelling is all the rage in Hollywood, and if the folks in Tinseltown want to take another crack at "Sybil" from a man's perspective, "Jerry" would have to be the working title.

Instead of a shy, unassuming substitute grade-school teacher, the 2014 take on multiple personality disorder would be about the ego-driven definition of vanity that is Jerry Jones.

The Dallas Cowboys' owner/general manager/media spokesman and now doctor/sideline news disseminator already wears more hats than your average schizophrenic.  Full Story

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