At the end of the day, the New Orleans Saints lead in the NFC South has grown to three games. Here’s how it all went down:
In Week 11, the division kept all of their fighting in-house. The third-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) hosted the first-place New Orleans Saints (7-2) while the second-place Carolina Panthers (5-4) hosted the fourth-place Atlanta Falcons (2-7). Both games were in the Sunday early slate.
Both away teams won their games in dominating fashion. The New Orleans Saints trounced Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers to the tune of 34-17 while the Atlanta Falcons had their second upset victory in a row, beating the Carolina Panthers 29-3 (so close, right?). The win by the Falcons and loss by the Buccaneers actually pulled both teams to identical 3-7 records. The victory by the Saints improved New Orleans to 8-2 while the Atlanta Falcons did the Saints a solid by beating the second-place Panthers, dropping Carolina to 5-5 and giving them a three game lead in the division.
In Week 12, the games are still in the division, but with opposite matchups. Previously on the road, the New Orleans Saints are back home to host last week’s home team in the Carolina Panthers. The other team from last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, go on the road in this week to face the Dirty Birds in Atlanta.
A win next week goes a long way for locking up the division, but let’s take it one game at a time.