This weekend contains many epic showdowns that will be worth tuning into, as there are many rivalry games. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants will be facing off, as will the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. But one of the most intriguing games appears to be that of the Atlanta Falcons clashing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Both teams are in a unique situation, with the Falcons having rebounded from a humiliating loss against the Bears in Week 1 by edging the Eagles in a close game. The same can be said for the Buccaneers, who have now gained some momentum after a tough loss to the Detroit Lions, by engineering a come-from-behind victory against the Minnesota Vikings.
Additionally, both teams are 1-1 and tied with the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South lead. And with the Carolina Panthers, a much improved team with Cam Newton at the reigns, the NFC South has arguably become the toughest division in the NFL.
Every game will count for each of these teams. And divisional games will count for even more, as they could be the tie-breaker over who wins this division and makes it to the postseason.
Here are five keys to this early battle for the NFC South: