The NFC South is now guaranteed to not have a division winner with a better than .500 record. Most circumstances point to the lone playoff team having a losing record. After all, one of the teams would have to win the final three games in order to break even.
Every team in the NFC South has given up more points than they have scored. Yet, when it’s all said and done, the winner of the NFC South will have a home game in the first round of the playoffs.
The Falcons had a chance against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. A win would have given the Falcons a solid lead in the division, but they came up six points short. It's the type of effort that good teams can build on. However, it's still a loss on the schedule, and the wins have been few and far between.
Here are the NFC South rankings.
1. Atlanta Falcons (5-8): The Falcons fought hard in their loss to Green Bay. After a slow start, Atlanta cut a 24 point deficit down to six. With the Saints losing, Atlanta still holds the lead in the NFC South. Julio Jones is on a tear offensively, and he needs to stay healthy. Next game vs. Pittsburgh.
2. Carolina Panthers (4-8-1): The Panthers were coming off of their best win of the season. All of a sudden, Carolina was right back in the NFC South race, then Cam Newton was in a car accident on Tuesday afternoon. Newton has two fractures to the Tranverse Processes in the back, after sustaining injuries in the accident. Next game vs. Tampa Bay
3. New Orleans Saints (5-8): There is some type of inner turmoil going on with the Saints. New Orleans has lost their last four home games. It’s a good thing that the Saints are on the road two more times this season. They might have a chance to compete in some games. New Orleans is still in a tie with Atlanta for the division lead. However, the Falcons hold the tie-breaker. Next game vs. Chicago.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-11): They are losers of three straight, and the NFC South division chances are over. However, the Buccaneers still face two more division opponents in the final three weeks. Next game vs. Carolina.