The NFC South had another poor showing on the field last Sunday. As the whole NFC conference gets better, it seems that the south is regressing rapidly. The New Orleans Saints had a bye and they gained ground on the rest of the division. Not one team pulled off a victory, and the Carolina Panthers salvaged a tie after Mike Nugent missed a game winning field goal attempt in overtime. Atlanta and Tampa Bay both got embarrassed on their home field.
Coming into the weekend, Atlanta had a very good chance to gain ground on the Carolina, but they were unable to capitalize on their opportunity. The Falcons were home for the first time in three weeks, so they knew how important protecting their turf was after two straight losses. Instead of hitting the Bears with a sledgehammer early, Atlanta had to make another third quarter comeback just to fall short in another uninspiring fourth quarter performance.
Entering week seven of the NFL schedule, only the Carolina Panthers have winning record. Yet and still, the Panthers aren't quite running away with the division. Here are the NFC South Power Rankings.
1. Carolina Panthers (3-2-1): The Panthers were on the verge of losing another game, but they received a gift at the end of overtime. Cam Newton played magnificent football, and the offense came up big down the stretch. Carolina's defense has not been the same, and they've given up more than 35 points in three of the last four games. Carolina has one win in the last four games also.
2. New Orleans Saints (2-3): The Saints were on a bye week this Sunday. Jimmy Graham is dealing with an injured shoulder and will likely be a gametime decision for their game against Detroit. It's another road contest that the Saints desperately need.
3. Atlanta Falcons (2-4): The Falcons haven't scored a point in the last four fourth quarters. Their last win came at home against Tampa Bay. Ever since that moment, Atlanta has been on a three game losing streak. The loss of Harry Douglas is proving more important for the Falcons every week.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5):The Buccaneers gave up 48 points to the Ravens in another blowout loss. It's the second time this season that Tampa Bay has been blitzed by their opponent without fighting back. Even with their horrible start to the season, Tampa Bay still has life within the NFC South. How embarrassing would it be if the Buccaneers turnaround their season to challenge for the division?