The Atlanta Falcons continue to pace the field for the NFC South division, but Tampa Bay remains only one game back. Following a bye week which had media outlets relatively unsure where to place Atlanta, there is more of a consensus prior to Week 13 of the regular season.
Kansas City, as the only team currently posting a winning record remaining on the Falcons schedule, visits the Georgia Dome this week. If the Atlanta Falcons can find a way to win they should continue their climb as the top remains cluttered among other divisional leaders. Slowly, the NFC South is proving their strength with almost three teams over .500 and the Bucs posting a three-game winning streak.
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NFL.com – 9, Last Week – 11 (+2)
The Falcons climb back into the top 10, leapfrogging the Redskins and the aqua-hot Dolphins, following a strong second-half showing versus the Cardinals on Sunday. Your friendly writer took flak for keeping the Atlanta Falcons in the No. 11 spot last week. But when a team is ranked that highly, it shouldn’t move much on a bye, given that it did nothing to merit moving that week. What the Falcons did earn this week is credit for the defense, which, after a rough first half, held the Cardinals to six points in the second. This from a unit that came into the contest allowing a whopping 28.3 points per game.
ESPN – 8, Last Week – 8 (0)
The Falcons continue to fly high offensively, leading the NFL in points and scoring at least 30 in four of their past five games. The Chiefs, who have allowed fewer than 20 points in seven games this season, come to town Sunday.
CBS – 6, Last Week – 7 (+1)
They came out of their bye and played well against Arizona. The loss of corner Desmond Trufant for the season will really hurt the defense.
BLEACHER REPORT – 6, Last Week – 9 (+3)
Atlanta can’t let up in the NFC South race. But Kansas City is coming to town for a tough home game.