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The NFC South After Week 6: Division Drops (‘cept the Saints)

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It was a good week for the Saints.

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Coming into Week 6, the entire NFC South was in action. The 4-1 division-leading Carolina Panthers hosted the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. The 2-2 New Orleans Saints hosted Matthew Stafford and the top-ranked Lions defense. The 3-1 Atlanta Falcons hosted the lowly Miami Dolphins. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the only team to play to play on the road, traveling to the Arizona Cardinals to face off against former Saint Adrian Peterson.

So what happened in Week 6?

While the Saints didn’t play a perfect game, it was a perfect week of results for the Saints.

The Panthers lost in prime time to Carson Wentz and the Eagles in a close game, 28-23. The Atlanta Falcons pulled “an Atlanta Falcon”, giving up a 17-point lead to lose to the Dolphins by a 20-17 final score. The grand plan of trading Adrian Peterson to another team to have him beat up on a division rival worked like a charm, as the Cardinals beat the Bucs on the back of Adrian Peterson’s big game and a big injury to Jameis Winston. That left the New Orleans Saints as the only divisional team to win this week, winning an exciting game against the Lions, 38-52. This moves the Saints into a tie for second place with the Atlanta Falcons at 3-2, a half game behind the 4-2 Panthers, and a full game up on the 2-3 Bucs.

Next week, the entire division is back in action. The Atlanta Falcons travel to the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for a prime time game on Sunday night. The rest of the division plays at noon on Sunday, with the Panthers traveling to the Saints’ Week 8 opponent, the Chicago Bears. The Buccaneers travel up north to face the Buffalo Bills, and the Saints go to Lambeau to face a Packers team that looks to be without Aaron Rodgers for the rest of the season.

Even without Rodgers, we can’t overlook the Packers. Win, and let the rest of the division take care of itself. #BeatthePackers