The NFC South has three teams in the playoff mix and the best shot at the division title is the Chicago Bears, according to the latest PFF grades from the latest version of the league’s advanced metrics.
The New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins are all still in contention for a wild-card spot and have some strong teams around them, but all three teams have struggled to stay relevant this season.
The Bears have had a rough year, ranking 28th in offensive DVOA, while they have a quarterback controversy.
The team has struggled to keep a clean pocket on offense, allowing multiple touchdowns on the season.
The Bears also have the worst rushing attack in the league, averaging just 1.4 yards per carry.
It’s not a perfect year for a team with the franchise quarterback, but they have not been able to sustain success.
The Falcons and Redskins have been the most successful teams in football this season, but their offenses have been so far below par that they have failed to keep pace with the rest of the NFL.
Washington is currently tied with the Rams for the NFL lead in total yards, but is allowing a league-worst 1.9 yards per play.
Atlanta’s offense has struggled as a whole this season as it has scored only 14.6 points per game.
The franchise quarterback has been plagued by a number of injuries this season and has been benched four times this season due to poor play.
The Redskins have struggled offensively this season with a paltry 0.7 yards per pass attempt.
The defense has been good this season but has allowed an average of 29.8 points per contest.
The Falcons have struggled with a number a issues this season on both sides of the ball.
The pass rush has been a bit of a concern for Atlanta, allowing opposing quarterbacks to average over 300 yards per game, and Atlanta has yet to stop a quarterback who has over 300 passing yards.
The Atlanta defense is in need of help, as they have allowed nearly 5.5 yards per rush, with a turnover rate of 21.3 percent.
The secondary is struggling to stop opposing receivers, with eight players recording double-digit interceptions.
The New Orleans offense has been the best in football for a number the past two seasons.
The Saints have been a consistent playoff team since the team was named to the playoffs in 2013, but this season has been different.
The offense has regressed this season thanks to injuries and a number other issues.
New Orleans has allowed a league worst 6.6 yards per attempt, and the team has been forced to throw on third down more than it has allowed the opposing offense to score.
The Washington defense is struggling a bit this season after finishing last in defensive DVOA in 2016.
The Redskins have allowed 4.3 yards per completion, with the quarterback rating of 29 or worse.
Washington has allowed over 50 points just once this season according to Football Outsiders.