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NFC South Standings: Falcons Have Slight Scheduling Edge Over Saints

Atlanta and New Orleans will meet for the first time this season Sunday, with the Saints holding a slim half-game lead in the NFC South Division.

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While first place is on the line this Sunday in the Georgia Dome, the division race will be far from settled for the Saints and Falcons. Before the two teams meet again in New Orleans on December 26, the Falcons have a slight edge in strength of schedule. Both teams will play the Titans and Vikings, but the Falcons will host lowly Jacksonville and travel to Houston while the Saints will get the Lions and Giants.

NFC South leading New Orleans will enter Sunday afternoon's game at Atlanta with a chance to take a one game lead into their bye week, a cushion they could use before back-to-back home games against playoff contenders New York and Detroit.

However, if the Falcons win Sunday and create a tie for first place (with a temporary advantage in head-to-head play), they could distance themselves with home games against Tennessee and Minnesota, the Saints' Week 14 and 15 opponents.

NFC South Standings

New Orleans 6 3 0 287 205
Atlanta 5 3 0 189 170
Tampa Bay 4 4 0 147 196
Carolina 2 6 0 187 207

(updated 11.8.2011 at 3:25 AM CST)

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.