The Carolina Panthers currently lead the NFC South with a 3-2 record, followed by the Atlanta Falcons (2-3), New Orleans Saints (2-3), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-4).
However, the complexity of the division is more intricate than the records reveal. The Falcons beat the Bucs 56-14 in Week 3, and edged the Saints 37-34 in Week 1. However, Atlanta lost to the 2-3 Minnesota Vikings (41-28) and the 3-2 New York Giants (30-20). The Buccaneers nearly beat the Saints, but ultimately fell 37-31 in overtime.
That leaves the Panthers, who have impressive wins against teams like the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, but lost 38-10 to the Baltimore Ravens.
At the moment, all four teams have disappointed. The Saints’ offense was supposed to be more explosive, the Falcons’ defense is struggling, the Panthers have not lived up to expectations, and the Buccaneers don’t appear as reenergized as many thought.
There is no clear-cut frontrunner heading into Week 6. A frontrunner will emerge if the team can string together consistent wins against strong opponents.