Buccaneers, Saints Surge Past Falcons in NFC South Division Odds

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Stacy Revere/Getty Images. Pictured: Baker Mayfield of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFC South division odds saw a wild swing Sunday afternoon. The Buccaneers, Saints and Falcons were all tied with a 6-7 record entering Week 15.

Just eight days ago, the Falcons had the inside track to capture the division crown, but back-to-back losses have put that in jeopardy. Atlanta was favored to win the division at DraftKings before Sunday's kickoff, with +165 odds. Instead, they’re firmly behind the eight-ball after an embarrassing loss to the previously one-win Panthers and wins by the the Saints and Buccaneers.

The Falcons were 3-point road favorites but lost despite not giving up a single touchdown. Teams to win without finding the end zone had been 1-82 straight up over the last three seasons before the Panthers pulled out the victory.

Now the Falcons are a big longshot to win the NFC South at +900.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers were +175 to capture the division crown ahead of their game at Lambeau Field as 4-point underdogs. Baker Mayfield completed 22-of-28 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns. He became the first opposing quarterback to ever record a perfect 158.3 passer rating at Lambeau Field. As a result, the Buccaneers are now favored to win the division at -160.

New Orleans also took care of business with a dominating 24-6 win over the previously surging Giants. However, their chances to win the division increased only marginally from +200 to +190.

Tampa Bay is currently in first place due to tiebreakers as they’re 3-1 against the division. They also have the easiest strength of schedule among the three teams in contention. They host the Jaguars and Saints the next two weeks before closing the season out at Carolina. They already defeated New Orleans once this year, so a win over the Saints in Week 16 might seal the division for them.

New Orleans is 2-2 in the division while Atlanta is 3-2. New Orleans closes out the season against the Rams, Saints and Falcons while Atlanta plays the Colts, Bears and Saints.

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