A quick glance at the state of the NFC South as of October 24, 2013:
Atlanta Falcons (2-4)
Say what you want about the Falcons, but they sure as hell don't fold. At 2-4 they're still miles from where we thought they would be at this point in the season, but they're still fighting. And should you need proof, look no further than Matt Ryan's 273 passing yards and three touchdowns without top wideouts Julio Jones and Roddy White. A performance which earned him NFC Player of the Week honors.
It should put to bed any questions about whether or not Ryan is an elite quarterback. He'll need to continue producing if they hope to improve on their record against a tough Cardinals defense on the road in week eight.
Carolina Panthers (3-3)
Cam Newton has erupted as of late. To the point that the Panthers offense, dare we say it, actually looks competent. And when Jonathan Stewart returns they might be able to bolster a run game that's left the team wanting.
Even so, if Cam stay in his groove, this team could make a little bit of noise behind their dominant from seven on the other side of the ball. A win over the Bucs on the road should keep the ball rolling.
New Orleans Saints (5-1)
As the class of the NFC South this year, this Saints team comes into weak eight fresh off a loss and bye. That's a recipe for disaster if you're Buffalo. Especially when your secondary is almost a lock to give Drew Brees and company a lending hand.
We'll need to keep an eye on Jimmy Graham moving forward though.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)