Atlanta Falcons Real Tests Will Come Against NFC South Opponents

Frank SpartiCorrespondent IINovember 6, 2012

Atlanta Falcon's Quarterback Matt Ryan
Atlanta Falcon's Quarterback Matt RyanJosh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The other teams in the NFC South are a wide ranging group that have appeared less than stellar this season.

The New Orleans Saints with their scandal and punishment have started out dismally. However, they are getting it together and overcoming quite a few obstacles.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now appearing to become a force to be reckoned with after two impressive road wins. Their roster has added so much talent that they could be a team that makes it into the playoffs.

The Carolina Panthers just beat the Washington Redskins and RGIII.

All three teams have risen in power poles in the most recent week.

When you keep in mind that any team can beat any other team on any given week in the NFL it is always important that the Atlanta Falcons come out ready to play.

With all this in mind the Falcons are in for a much bigger fight, than most realize, from their NFC South rivals.

Just think back on Week 4 when the Falcons just escaped with a win against Carolina, the lowest rated team in the division.

I think it is just human nature to fight your brother with more zeal than any regular foe. After all, there is a more immediate form of bragging rights and pride on the line when you compete.

One of the New Orleans Saints best memories is defeating the Falcons at home when their stadium was reopened after being damaged heavily by hurricane Katrina.

When the Falcons travel back to New Orleans, the desire to knock off the undefeated Atlanta team will be palpable to say the least.

The NFC South teams battle twice per season. This familiarity breeds intense competition and reasons to bring that extra effort.

Five games remain against the division teams and most of these are likely to be slug-fest battles with much to prove.

It will be important for the Falcons to keep steady and keep playing hard in order to withstand what is coming. Head Coach Mike Smith has kept the team focused on the task at hand and I think he will have them ready. The only problem is the build up of the first half of the season will undoubtedly bring these opponents more than ready to do their best against the team leading the division.

All this leaves the fans with great football games still to be played. It will also make it that much more impressive if the Falcons can continue to win.