With 4 games remaining in December, there are a lot of NFC South games to be played. The round-robin for the division and a home playoff game, with the 4th seed in the NFC. It may be a dead end for whoever makes it out alive, but all you can ask for is to make the postseason.
Even at 2-10, Tampa Bay can pull it out with a lot of help, although unlikely. They’re not playing good football, despite being more competitive as of late. The ground game is a mess. The defense has done well against receivers lately, but they 3 of their final 4 games come against some good offenses: Lions, Panthers, Packers, and Saints.
The same can be said for the Panthers at 3-8-1. The entire offense is a mess: players dropping passes or stopping their routes, O-line getting pushed around, and Cam Newton just hasn’t looked healthy. The defense is different without pass rusher, Greg Hardy. The face the Saints, Buccaneers, Browns, and Falcons. They are not likely to repeat as division champs.
Atlanta currently has the tie-breaker over New Orleans, both with 5-7 records. The winner may in fact be 8-8, at best, but most likely below .500. The fact that this happens every other season or so, will further prompt the NFL to re-seed the playoff system. Wining the division is good for something, and that’s making the playoffs, just not hosting a team that had 4 or 5 more wins.
The Falcons have a slate of: Packers, Steelers, Saints, and Panthers.
Prediction: lose to GB and NO, beat PIT and CAR, 7-9 finish.
The Saints schedule is: Panthers, Bears, Falcons, Buccaneers.
Prediction: beat CAR, CHI, ATL, lose to TB, 8-8 finish to win division, 4th seed hosting a playoff game.
Both teams control their own destiny. With the Saints already playing Green Bay earlier in the season, they have the edge in this race. No team has been predictable , even at home where they are usually good. They’re both 3-3 at home and 2-4 on the road. Within the division, the Saints are 2-1 while the Falcons are a perfect 4-0. When they clash in week 16, the game will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans.