The Falcons have now won three in a row after starting the season with a rocky 2-3 start. Wins against the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Colts have brought the Falcons right back into the hunt for the playoffs.
The Falcons (5-3) trail the New Orleans Saints (6-3) by a half-game in the NFC south division. They meet this week in Atlanta in a game with huge playoff implications for both teams. Tampa Bay has dropped two in a row to fall to 4-4 on the season and give Atlanta a shot at the division lead with a win over the Saints this weekend.
The rest of the NFC South has the New Orleans Saints coming in at No. 6 this week, Tampa Bay at No. 18 and Carolina at No. 23.
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