The NFC South is the joke around many conversations among NFL fans. It is hard to find a reason not to join in on the fun.
On Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons fell to 5-8 on the year following a 43-37 loss to the Green Bay Packers. They also remained tied for 1st place in their division with the New Orleans Saints, who are also 5-8. Look at it this way. The Titans could win the NFC South, if they were in that division right now. How does that happen in the NFL? Also, the team that wins this division will be hosting a playoff game. Every team in that division has serious and glaring flaws. The Panthers have a young quarterback in Cam Newton, that has played the majority of the season with numerous injuries. The Saints are struggling on the defensive ball, and have lost their ability to win at home. The Buccaneers are in need of a franchise quarterback, and are in the running for the 1st overall pick in the upcoming draft. The last time a team won their division under .500 was the 2010 Seattle Seahawks, who went on to upset the Saints in the playoffs that year.
Can a team in the NFC South make a run in the playoffs? I believe highly unlikely, due to who they would face in the Wild Card game. A dangerous Calvin Johsnon lef Detroit Lions team? Maybe a defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks team, who is coming into their own late in the season.
Whoever steps up and wins this division, will have to do something special in the playoffs to garner any respect for the mediocre NFC South.