NFC South rankings: Atlanta claws their way into first place
Steven Jackson and the Falcons grind to a win over Carolina

The Atlanta Falcons have the ability to win the NFC South and earn a playoff berth. That also equates to a home playoff game

In a league where wins mean everything, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves in first place of the NFC South. How impossible does that sound? The Falcons were left for the trash heap a few weeks ago, but nobody wanted to take advantage of the weak division. Now that the Falcons have won two straight games, they are clearly in control of the NFC South. Part of the reason why is due to their dominance within the NFC South. 

All four of Atlanta’s wins have come courtesy of division foes, and with two division games left, they are likely to sweep their way into a playoff berth. Still, the Falcons might need to win at least one game outside of their own division. 

Atlanta already has five game losing streak this season.  What are the chances that they can lose four in a row before facing New Orleans and Carolina to end the season? 

The NFC South is not only bad in the record department. Three of the four teams have given up more points than they’ve scored this season. However, Atlanta is winning when it counts and they take a two game streak into next week’s battle. Next game vs. Cleveland. 

1. Atlanta Falcons (4-6) The Falcons escaped Carolina with a win. A blocked field goal helped seal the deal. Atlanta is winning when it counts and they take a two game streak into next week’s battle. Next game vs. Cleveland. 

2. New Orleans Saints (4-6): The Saints had a great opportunity to protect home field. Instead, they lost two games in a row to fall into a first place tie with Atlanta. Currently, the Saints fall short within the division. Next game vs. Baltimore.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8): Tampa Bay is the only team in the NFC South not to score 200 points. They’ve also had plenty of close calls this season. Still, we remember a couple blowouts where Tampa has been a no-show. Yet, the Buccaneers are in the playoff hunt. Next game vs. Chicago. 

4. Carolina Panthers (3-7-1): The Panthers have lost five games in a row. They are also the first team to give up 300 points this season. Some of it has to do with the extra game played, but it’s still no excuse. Next game vs. Minnesota. 

 
 
 
 
William Harrison
By William Harrison 11/18/2014 12:28:00