The NFC South launched in 2002, and the New Orleans Saints have yet to go 8-0 against divisional foes. They’ll have a chance to do just that in Week 17.
Since the NFC South commenced almost two decades ago, the New Orleans Saints have won it seven times, including their four-year, division-long winning streak, a record that may have a chance to be extended next season.
That said, there have been dark years throughout that stretch. They went from the last place to first place twice in that span.
It hasn’t been until late that the team has started to dominate the division. In the last few seasons, they’ve gone 13-3; however, they haven’t had an undefeated season against divisional foes since they joined.
Last season, most remember the embarrassing loss to the Falcons which was followed up a few weeks later by a season-changing loss to the 49ers.
While they’ve had a few close calls this season, the Saints have breezed through the NFC South this season. They destroyed the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice. They also beat the Falcons twice as well.
They’ll have the Carolina Panthers, an already-depleted team, on their path to the finish line. In Week 17, a game they must win to keep hope alive for the top seed in the conference, the Saints will match up with the Panthers in Carolina.
The Panthers have been graced by having Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback this season. He signed with the team from New Orleans this past offseason.
They’ve struggled as Christian McCaffrey has played in just a handful of games, struggling with several injuries along the way.
They’ll be the only team in the NFC South not in the playoffs and without a top-five pick to give them hope. McCaffrey returning should be enough to energize their fanbase after what those in the Big Easy will hope is a clean sweep of the NFC South in Week 17.
History is on the brink of being made as the Saints may cap off one of their better seasons in team history with an undefeated record against some of their most bitter rivals.