Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/23/14

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons waits to re-enter the field against the Buffalo Bills at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Falcons are in the best position of NFC South teams to snatch the crown away from the Saints. The Saints have been hit hard this offseason and won’t be the same team in 2012. The Saints lost key offensive weapons in free agency. The defense was very poor last year and, to add on, the Saints have had multiple starting players suspended, along with a coaching change. The Atlanta Falcons have the most complete team after the Saints and here's how they can knock the Saints off the top of the division. Protect Matt Ryan: The Falcons have to do a better job protecting Matt Ryan in the pocket. Ryan has proven he can take apart some of the league’s best defensive units, but he needs that time. Create Big Plays with Play-Action: The Falcons have one of the best one-two punches at wide receiver and they need to make the most of it. The Falcons should try to use multiple deep play-action plays; this will buy Ryan time in the pocket. The Falcons' offensive line isn’t su...
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