The NFC South has been a weird division since its inception in 2002 and making NFL predictions has never been simple.. Only once has a team repeated as division champions and that was Carolina, who won it three consecutive times from 2013-2015.
This division has produced two Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay (2002) and New Orleans (2009) and four participants and not once have those clubs come back to even win the NFC South again. Obviously we are curious to see if Atlanta can defend its title.
Here is our preseason preview and all the NFL odds listed are courtesy of Bookmaker.
The old story of the ‘Super Bowl Hangover’ for the team that lost the big game, takes on epic proportions with Atlanta having blown 25-point lead before losing to New England in OT. Coach Dan Quinn has said, “You are not over it, you move past it”, which is his job during training camp and the first month of the season in particular. With QB Matt Ryan and all the offensive weapons in place, the Falcons should still score a lot of points, nonetheless, Steve Sarkisian is the new offensive coordinator and there will be differences. The defense was so young last year and having that experience of going all the way to Super Bowl should make this bunch much stronger. The schedule is actually manageable, but not sure if the magic will exist and prefer the Under 9.5 wins.
Odds to Win the Division (as of 7/29)
Tampa Bay +282
New Orleans +422
Carolina recently fired there GM, but that should not impact what happens on the field for Carolina, who fell from Super Bowl loser (17-2 record) to 6-10 and last in the division. The Panthers were unusually aggressive in spending money to keep valuable assets, added free agents and drafted well. Cam Newton had a poor season and if he’s as ready as he claims to be, he rebounds and plays like he did in 2015, when he was the MVP.