NFC South rankings: Atlanta Falcons step up in win over Arizona
Falcons defense has stepped up in recent weeks

The Falcons and the Saints are creating separation in the NFC South. Atlanta has huge test coming up on Monday night

The NFC South had two big wins on Sunday. As of now, there is a two team race between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, for the division crown. However, both teams remain below .500, and neither is a candidate to earn a wildcard spot.  With four games left, the race may come down to the final head to head battle between New Orleans and Atlanta.  

Currently, Atlanta is undefeated within the division at (4-0). Their victory over Arizona was their first win outside of division opponents, and it could be the game that puts the Falcons over the hump.  As long as Atlanta defeats New Orleans in a couple of weeks, they’ll hold the tie-breaker over the Saints. First, they have to get into position.  

Atlanta has two road games left. They face the highly efficient Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.  After a home game with Pittsburgh, Atlanta travels to New Orleans for what could be the game to take control of the division. In the season finale, Atlanta hosts the Carolina Panthers.  

The Panthers have lost six games in a row, and they’ve thrown away a golden opportunity in an extremely weak division. Tampa Bay had another heartbreaking loss due to too many men on the field. Every week the Buccaneers seem to find a new way to lose.  

Every team in the NFC South is still in contention for a playoff spot, but that‘s because the entire division is (15-32-1) in 2014.  

1. Atlanta Falcons (5-7): All of a sudden, Atlanta has the best defense in the NFC South. They still give up more points than they have scored. 

2. New Orleans Saints (5-7): New Orleans is the only team with more points than given up. Drew Brees may have finally hit his stride with six touchdown passes against Pittsburgh. 

3. Carolina Panthers (3-8-1): Carolina has one road victory this season. A promising season had turned dreadful in less than two months.  

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-10): After staying in playoff contention, the Buccaneers lost two straight games that they could have won. Tampa Bay still hasn’t won a division game. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
William Harrison
By William Harrison 12/03/2014 11:40:00

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