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NFC South after Week 4: New Orleans on Top

It couldn’t have been a better series of results for New Orleans.

New Orleans Saints v New York Giants Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

What a great week for the New Orleans Saints!

The Saints are currently sitting atop the NFC South after Week 4. Here’s how it all happened.

New Orleans Saints v New York Giants Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Coming into Week 4, the New Orleans Saints (2-1) were the only team to face a an opponent with a losing record in the 1-2 New York Giants. The Saints took care of business Sunday afternoon, beating the Giants by a final score of 33-18.

The early slate of games was just as productive for the Saints, as the 2-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers got throttled by the Chicago Bears, 48-10. It got so bad for Tampa Bay that the Buccaneers pulled interim starter Ryan Fitzpatrick halfway through the game for the returning Jameis Winston (who promptly threw an interception on his first drive). The loss dropped the Buccaneers to 2-2.

The Atlanta Falcons (1-2) lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, by giving up a lead late (whaaaaaat? that’s so unlike the Falcons...) to Andy Dalton and AJ Green for a 37-36 final score. The loss pushed the Falcons further down to 1-3.

With the 2-1 Carolina Panthers on a Bye, this means the Saints (3-1) are in first place all alone. The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied for second at 2-2, the Atlanta Falcons are in the basement at 1-3.

Washington Redskins v New Orleans Saints Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

In Week 5, it is Tampa Bay’s turn for their bye. The Carolina Panthers return for their bye to face Eli Manning and the New York Giants in Carolina. The Atlanta Falcons travel to Pittsburgh to face the underperforming Pittsburgh Steelers. Both of those games are at noon CST.

The New Orleans Saints will be playing in prime time in Week 5, hosting the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. There will be plenty of storylines to follow for the game, the most prominent being the fact that Drew Brees is only 201 passing yards away from breaking Peyton Manning’s all time career passing record.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First things first: #BeattheRedskins