NFC South Week 7

Week 7 in the NFC south comes up with the Saints leading the division bye 2 1/2 games.

While the Saints are on their bye week, the Panthers are hosting the Rams in a pivotal game for their season. A win could get them up to .500 for the year and with games against the Bucs and Falcons coming up they could be in a position to make a playoff push.

Tampa Bay travels to Atlanta for a game in which Atlanta has to win. If you want a definition of a must win game for a team, this is it. For Tampa Bay this is another chance to put the Freeman fiasco behind them, but it will take a win to do it.

Team WIn Loss Tie PCT Upcoming
New Orleans 5 1 0 .833 Bye
Carolina 2 3 0 .400 St. Louis
Atlanta 1 4 0 .200 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay 0 5 0 .000 @Atlanta

Falcons

Besides the 1-4 record the Falcons are dealing with Gonzalez trade rumors, Roddy White saying the team has no identity and losing Julio Jones for the season. Next up for the Falcons are the Bucs in Atlanta. Tampa Bay has absolutely nothing to lose at this point. If Atlanta loses this game they won’t either.
Panthers
The Panthers have the Rams this weekend in what is the beginning of a three week stretch that could determine if they are in the playoff hunt or if they have another season where they don’t meet their fans expectations. Their next three games are against the Rams, Bucs and Falcons with the Rams and Falcons at home.
Bucs
The Bucs travel to Atlanta and a game where they will once again have to lean on their defense to keep them in position to get a win. If the Bucs offense can stay turnover free and keep the Falcons offense off the field. I think they have a chance at an upset. With Freeman starting for the Vikings Monday night a win would keep the heat off of the team if Freeman does well.

Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab

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