The New Orleans Saints are well on their way to securing another NFC South division championship, their third since Sean Payton took over in 2006, and first since their Superbowl winning 2009 13-3 campaign.
News Orleans is 3-1 in division games this year, and have now won their last four games in a row over the Buccaneers, Falcons, Giants, and Lions — all teams, with the exception of the Buccaneers, that are squarely in the playoff hunt.
The Saints will host both the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons in consecutive games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to close out the season, but their division championship could be a done deal before facing either rival.
All the Saints have to do is win this Sunday against the Tennesse Titans at LP Field, coupled with a loss by the Falcons who play the Panthers this week.
If that happens the south division will once again belong solely to the Saints.
Atlanta is 7-5 and in good position to make at least wild card appearance in the playoffs, but they did fall to the Saints three weeks ago at the Georgia dome, which left New Orleans in firm control of the division.
Carolina meanwhile has struggled to a 4-8 record, also losing to the Saints earlier this season, but they are coming off a resounding win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
Rookie quarterback Cam Newton has made a believer out of most who doubted him coming out of Auburn — over 3000 passing yards, 500 rushing yards, and owner of the brand new quarterback single season rushing touchdown record with 13 scores.