ATLANTA - The Falcons may be looking more like a playoff team in the standings than on the field.
Atlanta (7-4) has won five of six. There have been some struggles, including Sunday's 24-14 win over Minnesota. The Falcons led the Vikings 17-0 and needed a goal-line stand to stop the Vikings' comeback.
One week earlier, the Falcons led Tennessee by 20 points before winning 23-17.
A favorable schedule could help the Falcons, who were No. 6 in the NFC playoff standings before Monday night's Saints-Giants game.
The Falcons still play three teams - Carolina, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay - who are a combined 13 games under .500.
This week they will face the Houston Texans, who are missing their top two quarterbacks.