NFC South rankings: Atlanta is fresh off bye week, ready for division race
Atlanta needs to get Devin Hester back in the fold

The Atlanta Falcons have blown plenty of opportunities to get into the NFC South race. They look to get back in the playoff hunt after a bye week. Here are the division rankings

The Atlanta Falcons had a much needed bye week on Sunday. The departure from football should give Atlanta some time to regroup for the second half of the season. Despite the unimpressive record, Atlanta is still right in the thick of the division race. They are the only team without a division loss so far. However, if Atlanta is going to make a run this season, they need to start this Sunday.  

As a whole, the NFC South has 10 wins and 22 losses. It looks like New Orleans is ready to step up their play, but they are nowhere near whey they aspire to be. Currently, the division race looks like it’s between two teams. However, Carolina is trending in the wrong direction.  

Here are the NFC South rankings.   

1. New Orleans Saints (4-4): The New Orleans Saints are (3-0) at home, and they just earned their first road victory over the Carolina Panthers. The Saints are still a .500 team, but they are trending in the right direction.  It’s enough to give them the lead in the NFC South. New Orleans is the only team in the division to score more points than they have given up.  Next game vs. San Francisco. 

2. Carolina Panthers (3-5-1): The Carolina Panthers have lost three straight games to end the month of October. They also lost control of the NFC South in the process. Carolina has a long process to get back into playoff contention. First, they’ll need their defense to play much better. Next game vs. Philadelphia Eagles. 

3. Atlanta Falcons (2-6): The Falcons still haven’t lost a divisional game. That’s their only saving grace in a first half filled with turmoil. Atlanta is on a five game losing streak, so they are in desperate need of a win. Next game vs. Tampa Bay. 

4. Tamp Bay Buccaneers (1-7): Tampa Bay has the worst record in the NFC. The Buccaneers are on a four game losing streak, and they can’t seem to get over the hump. Tampa Bay has scored fewer than 20 points six times this season. Next game vs. Atlanta.

 
 
 
 
William Harrison
By William Harrison 11/04/2014 11:31:00