After three weeks, the Atlanta Falcons are in a first place tie for the NFC South Division. With a (2-1) record, it’s becoming clear that the Falcons have a real opportunity to win this division. They’ve won both home games, while losing a road contest to the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. They have a huge stretch over the next few weeks. Three of their next four games are on the road, and it could be the difference of winning the division or fighting for a wild card spot.
With Carolina losing to Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football, and Cam Newton’s inability to stay healthy, there’s no reason why Atlanta won’t be able to snatch away this division. The Saints finally earned their first victory of the season, while we all know the debacle that is known as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
There are only two undefeated teams left in the NFC, so it’s shaping up to be a close race throughout. As you take a deeper look into the NFC standings, five teams have (2-1) record with Chicago Bears yet to play on Monday night. The only team without a win is Tampa Bay.
Here are the NFC South Rankings:
1. Atlanta Falcons (2-1): The Falcons obliterated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. They scored the first 56 points in the 42 point victory. Matt Ryan was flawless in the first half. Although many took shots at the Buccaneers’ performance, it must be time to praise what the Falcons did. Barring a couple turnovers, Atlanta played a complete game from start to finish. They can score in all facets of the game. Next game vs. Minnesota.
2. Carolina Panthers (2-1): The Panthers didn’t drop just because they lost to Pittsburgh. Carolina got gashed on their home field by the Steelers’ running game. Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both went over 100 yards rushing. Cam Newton was hobbled throughout the game and his injuries may be serious for the whole season. Next game vs. Baltimore.
3. New Orleans Saints (1-2): The New Orleans offense hasn’t been as efficient during the early portion of the season as we expected. The offensive output has decreased each week. It’s a good thing that the defense has made more plays as well. At least they held home serve after two road losses. Unfortunately, New Orleans is on the road again. Next game vs. Dallas.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3): The Buccaneers are the only team in the NFC without a win. After playing tough in the first two weeks, the whole team was a no show at Atlanta. They have two more road games before they get home again. Next game vs. Pittsburgh.