The race for NFC South supremacy has tightened because the New Orleans Saints have been inconsistent lately while the Atlanta Falcons have reeled off three straight victories.
The Saints, however, believe they're poised to get their season back on track.
With the division lead at stake, first-place New Orleans looks to win consecutive games for the first time in a month by cooling off the Falcons on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
The Saints (6-3) are one-half game ahead of Atlanta (5-3) but haven't always looked like a division leader of late. New Orleans followed a 62-7 win over Indianapolis in Week 7 with a stunning 31-21 loss to then-winless St. Louis. The Saints rebounded from that defeat with last Sunday's 27-16 win over a Tampa Bay team that beat them Oct. 16.
"This is a pretty critical time for us, this month of November," said Drew Brees, who has thrown a touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games to tie Brett Favre for the second-longest streak in NFL history.
"It's a time wh...