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Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers Preview

Matt Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in three straight contests. (Rogelio Solis)

Matt Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in three straight contests. (Rogelio Solis)

No one would have ever guessed that a Week 17 matchup between the 6-9 Atlanta Falcons and 6-8-1 Carolina Panthers would have so much at stake.

The winner takes the NFC South and locks up the final playoff spot in the conference.

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Falcons bury Saints in 30-14 drubbing

Robert McClain had a key interception in the fourth quarter. (Rogelio Solis)

Robert McClain had a key interception in the fourth quarter. (Rogelio Solis)

The New Orleans Saints’ resident trash talker Keenan Lewis said he and his team planned to give the Atlanta Falcons their funeral.

But on this day, it was Atlanta taking the role of the undertaker.

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Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Preview

Sunday's matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota)

Sunday’s matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota)

It’s a must-win game for the Atlanta Falcons as they head into New Orleans to take on the Saints this Sunday.

And there’s already been a bit of trash talk between the two bitter rivals.

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Atlanta Falcons vs Cleveland Browns Preview

Desmond Trufant is expected to shadow Josh Gordon. (Mike McCarn)

Desmond Trufant is expected to shadow Cleveland’s Josh Gordon. (Mike McCarn)

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t played a true home game at the Georgia Dome in six weeks.

But on Sunday, they return home to host the 6-4 Cleveland Browns.

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Falcons atop dreadful NFC South with 19-17 win over Panthers

Ra'Shede Hageman blocked Graham Gano's 63-yard field goal attempt to win the game.  (Bob Leverone)

Ra’Shede Hageman blocked Graham Gano’s 63-yard field goal attempt to win the game. (Bob Leverone)

It’s strange to say, but the 4-6 Atlanta Falcons are leading the NFC South.

With a 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers coupled with a New Orleans Saints 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Falcons are sitting atop the division.

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Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Preview

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

It seems absurd for the 3-6 Atlanta Falcons and 3-6-1 Carolina Panthers to be in the thick of race for the NFC South, but that’s the case as the New Orleans Saints lead the division with a 4-6 record. And if the Saints lose to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, it will be either the Falcons or the Panthers atop the division.

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Falcons snap losing streak, defeat Bucs 27-17

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The Falcons are still in contention for the NFC South crown. (Brian Blanco)

The Atlanta Falcons hadn’t won a game on the road since defeating the Buffalo Bills back in Week 13 of last season.

They also hadn’t won a game since Week 3 against the same team they defeated on Sunday – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The Current State of the 2-3 Atlanta Falcons

It's gut check time for the Falcons. (Seth Wenig)

It’s gut check time for the Falcons. (Seth Wenig)

We’re only entering Week 6 of the 2014 NFL season and while there is plenty of football left to be played, there are glaring issues with the Atlanta Falcons that prompt questions as to whether or not this team will advance to the postseason.

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Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

The Falcons should be much more competitive this Sunday. (David Goldman)

The Falcons should be much more competitive this Sunday. (David Goldman)

Sunday’s matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers features two teams at the bottom of the barrel of the NFC South.

The Falcons (2-7) have lost three games in a row, with their last win coming against the Bucs in the Georgia Dome.

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Darrelle Revis in the NFC South Means Nothing for the Falcons

Darrelle Revis is coming off an ACL injury. (Stephen Dunn)

Darrelle Revis missed last season with an ACL injury. (Stephen Dunn)

One of the Atlanta Falcons’ division rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, traded for cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday.

And although Revis is easily the best cornerback in the league, his arrival to the NFC South means nothing for the Falcons.

First things first: Revis, who will be 28 years old at the start of the upcoming season, is coming off an ACL injury he suffered at the beginning of last season. There’s a chance he doesn’t return the form.

Secondly, Revis is just one man. Last season, the Bucs’ secondary was atrocious; they ranked dead-last in the league, surrendering 297.4 yards per game. While adding Revis will certainly bolster their pass defense, it’s not going to suddenly make the secondary formidable.

One player doesn’t suddenly make the Bucs contenders for the NFC South. The other three teams in the division each have something the Bucs lack: a franchise quarterback. Josh Freeman isn’t there yet as a franchise quarterback, and even his head coach shares the same sentiment.

Let’s assume Revis does return to form. He’ll take out whichever receiver he’s on, but that just means whoever isn’t being blanketed will be able to feast on Eric Wright, the Bucs’ other cornerback. Let’s not forget Atlanta has weapons across the board: Tony Gonzalez, Steven Jackson, Julio Jones, and Roddy White. Again: Revis can’t cover everyone.

The only division rival the Falcons will be competing with for the division title is the New Orleans Saints, and the Bucs’ addition of an All-Pro cornerback does nothing to change that.

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