Coming into Week 11, the first place Atlanta Falcons were finally on their Bye week. New Orleans, in second place, travelled to the last place Carolina Panthers. Tampa Bay, also in second place, travelled to Arrowhead Stadium to face the surging Kansas City Chiefs.
So what happened in Week 11?
The worst possible scenario.
New Orleans lost (a second heartbreaker in two weeks) to Carolina, and the Bucs were able to end the Chiefs’ three-game winning streak. That means the Saints were the only active NFC South team to take a loss in the week. The Falcons remain in first at 6-4, the Bucs are alone in second place at 5-5, and the Panthers and Saints are now tied for last at 4-6.
Next week, the Saints host the struggling Los Angeles Rams. The Panthers travel to the 1st Place AFC West Oakland Raiders. The two teams ahead of the Saints, the Falcons and the Bucs, host the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks respectively.
Time isn’t up in the division, but it’s definitely running out. The Saints have the easiest matchup (on paper) next week in the NFC South, so they might be able to make up this game if everything goes their way.
Win, and let’s let the rest of the division take care of itself. #BeattheRams