The NFC South is officially the worst division in the NFL right now. It can be debated that the AFC South is as bad, but at least two of their teams are at .500 or better. All four of the NFC South teams are under .500, and three of the four teams lost on Sunday. In the first eight weeks of the season, the NFC South has lost 20 games.
The Falcons may have had the most disappointing performance of the bunch. After jumping out to a 21-0 lead, the Falcons gave up 22 straight points to lose at the buzzer. It was their fifth straight loss of the season, and Atlanta is still not in last place. That distinction is held by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Even with Atlanta’s terrible start, the Falcons are really in the thick of the division race. It’s hard to believe, but New Orleans and Carolina have three wins apiece. That means the division winner might not reach eight wins this season if the season continues to progress in the same manner.
1. New Orleans Saints (3-4): The New Orleans Saints haven’t been good at all this season. However, they’ve been able to win all of their home games. By that statistic alone, New Orleans will be in the NFC South division race all season. New Orleans also had their most complete performance in the 44-23 win over Green Bay. Next game vs. Carolina Panthers
2. Carolina Panthers (3-4-1): The Panthers were holding a slight lead over Seattle only to lose by four points. They haven’t won since the first week in October. Since then, the Panthers have had a tie and two losses. Next game vs. New Orleans Saints.
3. Atlanta Falcons (2-6): The Falcons have trouble scoring in the fourth quarter. This time the Falcons didn’t put up any points during the entire second half. Atlanta slowly gave up a 21 point lead and they lost to a Matt Prater field goal at the buzzer. Bye week.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6): Tampa Bay lost to the Minnesota Vikings in overtime. It was their second overtime loss in three games. Interestingly enough, the Buccaneers might be the most consistent team in the NFC South. We know in two of the losses, they were blown out from the outset, but every other game has been played within six points. Next game vs. Cleveland Browns.