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The NFC South heading into Week 5

The Atlanta Falcons make me happy when they’re bad.

Tennessee Titans v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

After the pleasant surprise that was Week 3, the Saints were able to stay atop the division for another week in Week 4. Here’s how it all went down:

In Week 4, the Atlanta Falcons (1-2) were the only early kickoff in the NFC South, set to take on the Tennessee Titans (1-2) in Atlanta. Sunday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers (1-2) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2) were both in action, traveling to the Houston Texans (2-1) and the (3-0) Los Angeles Rams respectively. The New Orleans Saints (2-1) were set to square off against the Dallas Cowboys (3-0) on Sunday Night Football.

In what was a great start to the football week, the Atlanta Falcons fell to the Tennessee Titans 24-10, falling to 1-3, despite having the easiest on-paper matchup in the division. The rest of the division won their games, all upsetting their opponents in nail-biters. The Panthers held on to beat the Texans 16-10 and the Buccaneers won a slugfest against the Rams 55-40, with the last touchdown coming on a defensive score with the Rams attempting to tie it late. Both wins brought their teams to 2-2. The Saints won a squeaker against the Cowboys 12-10, to stay atop the division at 3-1.

That means the Saints are still in first at 3-1, the Buccaneers and Panthers are right behind New Orleans at 2-2, and the Falcons are in last - yay - at 1-3.

In Week 5, the entire division plays in the early slate of games. The Carolina Panthers host Gardner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) with the status of Cam Newton still up in the air. This time it is the Atlanta Falcons’ turn to face the Houston Texans (2-2), traveling to Houston for an intriguing matchup of talented offenses. The Saints and Buccaneers are ready to duke it out in NOLA for the only divisional matchup of the week in the NFC South.

The Buccaneers and Saints are both coming off the backs of huge upsets in Week 4. It will be interesting to see how momentum affects each team in Week 5.