How do you rank the worst division in NFL history? All that needs to be said is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a (2-9) record and they are still in the midst of the playoff hunt. The Atlanta Falcons had a chance to create much need breathing room on Sunday. Instead, they let another winnable game turn into an inconsolable loss during the final minute. However, thanks to the rest of the division, Atlanta is still in a tie for first place.
Once the Atlanta Falcons kicked the go ahead field goal, everybody figured Mike Smith left too much time for the Cleveland Browns. As Cleveland methodically drove down field, the writing was on the wall for the Falcons. It was another heart wrenching loss in what can still be a promising season. Here’s why.
Three of the teams have had at least a five game losing streak. Currently, the New Orleans Saints are on a three game skid. Unfortunately, Atlanta has a tough schedule looming, but their penchant for being in close games bodes well. Now Atlanta just has to learn how to finish.
1. Atlanta Falcons (4-7): A two point loss followed a two game winning streak. Thanks to the rest of the division, Atlanta is still in first place. It was Atlanta’s first home game since Oct. 12, and they couldn’t finish the job. Still undefeated within the NFC South. Next game vs. Arizona.
2. New Orleans Saints (4-7): The Saints still have a chance to get above .500 this season. The Saints lost three straight home games to ruin the myth of home field advantage. The Saints are the only team with more points for than points given up. Now they get to play an AFC North opponent. New Orleans already lost to the first three. Next game vs. Pittsburgh.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-9): The Buccaneers have lost six out of seven games. However, it can not be overlooked that Tampa Bay is still in contention for a playoff berth. However, they haven’t won a game at home, and the division winner gets a home game. In the two wins, Tampa Bay has scored 27 points apiece. Next game vs. Cincinnati.
4. Carolina Panthers (3-7-1): The Panthers have lost five games in row. They have now been outscored by 85 points this season. Carolina still had a couple chances to win games, but like the rest of the division, they can’t get it done in the clutch. Hopefully, the Panthers were able to make good use of the bye week. They have two straight road games coming up. Next game vs. Minnesota.