ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 16: Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes upfield against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on October 16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can stay ahead of the New Orleans Saints for first place in the NFC South as the Bucs travel to London to take on the Chicago Bears. The Bucs defeated the Saints last week 26-20 and will face them again in Week 9 after their bye week for traveling to London, most like with first place on the line. Tampa hasn't been atop the division in over two seasons and it could be short lived if the Bucs lose to the Bears on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons are only one game back and will have chances to move up since they have still have two games against the Saints and one against the Bucs. This week the Falcons take on the Detroit Lions on the road. The Lions will want to get back to their winning ways after suffering their first loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Carolina Panthers while improved and giving teams a hard team, they seem to be destined to finish last in the NFC South this year. This week the Panthers do have a winnable game when they travel to take on the Washington Redskins.
NFC South Standings