The NFC South

Today I finish off my look at and predictions for the upcoming NFL season with a look at the NFC South. The NFC South is home to the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  You can check out all my predictions for the upcoming NFL season by going to “Categories” on the right side of the screen and selecting “Football.” 

New Orleans Saints:

The Saints won it all last year and took this division with a 13-3 record – and almost everyone is back this year. Will the party from the 2009 season leave them with a hangover? We’ll see right from the start as they host the Vikings in week one. The Saints will win the NFC South again, but the ride to the second consecutive Super Bowl will be derailed in the playoffs because they have a weak defense (11-5).

Atlanta Falcons:

The Falcons finished at 9-7 last year and were the seventh best NFC team. Unfortunately, only six teams make the playoffs. This was the first back to back winning seasons in the history of the Falcons. However, they are not yet into the upper echelon of the NFC yet. Look for the best TE to ever play the game (Tony Gonzalez) to have another solid year and if injuries are at the minimum, the Falcons may slip into the playoffs at 9-7.

Carolina Panthers:

The Panthers finished last season’s campaign with an 8-8 record. Look for QB Jimmy Clausen to become the starter sometime during the year. As Clausen grows into the starting job, the Panthers will reap the rewards of drafting him, but they will not get over .500 this year. Rumors of head coach John Fox being replaced by a coach named Cowher will grow as the season winds down (8-8).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

The Bucs finished at the bottom of the division last year with a 3-13 record. They will be a little better this year and QB Josh Freeman will be better, but they will still be the doormat for the NFC South (5-11).