Every year in the NFL one team will win its division...
...But winning the division is rare for teams who can't win intradivision games.
At this point in the season, the New Orleans Saints are 2-1 against the NFC South. Generally, 4-2 is the worst divisional record a team can have and still expect to win the division.
This means the Saints must go at least 2-1 in the final three divisional games—against Atlanta this weekend and the night after Christmas, and the final game of the season at home on New Year's Day against the Carolina Panthers.
Even looking ahead that far is pointless. The Saints must focus on beating the Atlanta Falcons this weekend at the Georgia Dome, and look at nothing else.
Following are 7 of the many reasons Sunday's game is must-win for the Saints: