Falcons Keeping Bucs out of NFC South Cellar

Luke Easterling

At 2-4, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are struggling to challenge the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers for NFC South supremacy in their first season under new head coach Bruce Arians.

Thankfully, there's still a team in the division playing more poorly than the Bucs, and therefore keeping them out of last place in the division.

While the Bucs enjoyed a much-needed bye week, the Atlanta Falcons dropped yet another game in Week 7, falling to 1-6 on the season. 

The Dirty Birds have struggled mightily this season, particularly on defense, putting the future of longtime head coach Dan Quinn in jeopardy. In his fifth season, Quinn is easily headed toward the worst record of his tenure, having taken the Falcons to the playoffs twice, winning the division once, and not overseeing a losing season until last year's 7-9 mark.

Tampa Bay has already split their series with the Panthers this season, and dropped their road game against the Saints. They still have yet to face the Falcons this year, and are set to travel to Atlanta in Week 12 before closing out the 2019 regular season by hosting them in Week 17.

There aren't many reasons for Bucs fans to be happy right now, but at least the Falcons are reminding them that things could always be worse.