Bucs 7-1 projected 14-2
The Bucs are doing as well as expected. They have two tests left on the schedule: Chiefs and Vikings. The team could win out, but will likely drop one of these games. A big reason for their success this year is Benny Snell. The rookie is on pace for almost 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. Their soft schedule pretty much guarantees they have a bye in the playoffs.
Saints 5-4 projected 8-8
Week 9 was an absolute killer to New Orlean's playoff chances. They fall below the Vikings in the standings, and Alvin Kamara ruptured a disk. He'll be out for the season. Aaron Rogers played very poorly in his first game for the Saints. He'll need to take over and play at an MVP level to drag this team into the postseason. An upset over the Giants, Chiefs, or Bucs would help a lot.
Panthers 4-4 projected 8-8
Cam Newton is playing better and led the team in an upset win over the Packers. The team's offense is still subpar in part to the underwhelming running back committee. The top two back each have over 55 carries and combine for under 4 yards per carry. Another back (and Cam) has over 30 carries but only 4 yards per attempt.
Falcons 4-5 projected 6-12
Matt Ryan is starting to heat up. He only has 1 pick in his last two games. The team can finish around .500 if Matty Ice continues to protect the ball. Atlanta has surprising wins against Kansas City and at Denver already. They have potential knock off any team, but they will still likely finish last in the division.