It was a week to forget for three-quarters of the NFC South, considering all but one of the division’s four teams found themselves on the losing end of their games. Unfortunately, the Falcons were one of those teams, and we have to show you those standings.
NFC South Standings
These losses all need to be weighed differently. The Falcons lost an NFC South game, which is always difficult to fault a team for, but they did look pretty lousy in doing so for about three quarters. The Panthers lost narrowly to the defending Super Bowl champions. The Saints lost narrowly to a young, game Raiders team, but no one’s exactly sure how good they are just yet. It’s fair to expect that it’ll be easier for Carolina to recover from this loss than the other two teams, as much as I hate to say that.
The good news is that it’s just one week and no one is doomed just yet. This was a big win for the Buccaneers, though, given how competitive this division tends to be and how much they had to prove after yet another mediocre 2015. Atlanta will have to hope they can get back on track fast against a tough schedule.
I’m still projecting that it’ll be Carolina-Atlanta-Tampa Bay-New Orleans by the end of the year, but we’ve got a long way to go before we determine that.