NFL Power Rankings: NFC South view

December, 4, 2012
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The latest ESPN.com Power Rankings are out and the NFC South is falling.

Two teams from the NFC South made significant drops since last week. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints each dropped three spots in the rankings.

The Buccaneers are No. 15 after their loss to Denver. They lost to Atlanta the week before and I think voters might be selling the Bucs a little bit short. Two losses to good teams have caused the Bucs to drop after a four-game winning streak put them in the top 10. I’m not saying the Bucs belong in the top 10, but I think they’re a little bit better than their ranking indicates.

The Saints dropped from No. 15 to No. 18 after their loss to Atlanta. You can’t argue with the voters being unimpressed by Drew Brees’ five interceptions in that game.

The Atlanta Falcons held tight at No. 2. At 11-1, they’re tied with the top-ranked Houston Texans for the best record in the NFL. The panel is a bit more unified on the Falcons this week with four of the five voters putting Atlanta at No. 2. However, Mike Sando, who covers the NFC West, had the Falcons at No. 4 and the 49ers at No. 2. We might want to remind Sando that the 49ers lost to the Rams on Sunday.

Finally, the Carolina Panthers stayed put at No. 28. In the words of former Carolina coach John Fox, it is what it is.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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