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Who Will Win The NFC South?

The NFC South is expected to be one of the most competitive divisions in all of the NFL. The New Orleans Saints have reigned supreme in recent years and continuously are the NFL betting odds favorite, but Tom Brady will look to change that around and make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a relevant NFL franchise again. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons are looking for a bounceback season and the Carolina Panthers look to begin a new era under former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. 

On BettingPros, New Orleans is currently a -130 favorite to win the NFC South, followed by Tampa Bay (+150), Atlanta (+700) and Carolina (+2,000). The biggest storyline of this division will certainly be future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Tom Brady battling it out. Those two — combined with Matt Ryan and Teddy Bridgewater — makes the NFC South the likely choice for the division with the most consistent quarterback play. 

The Saints have not won fewer than 11 games for three consecutive years. New Orleans was not very active in the offseason, but it did not need to be with the talent already on board, which makes them the correct favorites. Sure, it’s possible Brees finally hits a cliff at age 41, but he has yet to show many signs that it will happen. Playing half his games inside also helps his aging process.

New Orleans was not very active in the offseason, but it did not need to be with the talent already on board. Emmanuel Sanders is an excellent addition as the No. 2 receiver behind Michael Thomas. Thomas was targeted an obscene 185 times with not much surrounding him at wide receiver, but now Sanders will help take some pressure off him. 

The Bucs enter the 2020 NFL season as likely the most intriguing team in the league.  There is no doubt Brady looked old and on the decline in New England last year, but it is also true he had close to nothing to work with in terms of weapons. We will get the true answer of what the issue was, since Brady has the best wide receiver duo to work in the NFL now in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The Bucs will be one of the most hyped NFL public betting picks week after week but can they put together a winning season down in Tampa? 

Defensively, Tampa Bay is underrated as the Bucs finished fifth in Football Outsiders defensive DVOA. Their run defense was the best in the league and finished first in DVOA while only allowing 73.8 yards per game on the ground, which led the second-best team by about 13 yards. 

The Falcons suffered from a debilitating rash of injuries last year on their way to a 7-9 season. It looked like for sure Dan Quinn’s job would be toast, but Atlanta finished incredibly strong and won six of its final eight games. The Falcons were easily one of the most disappointing over under picks last season, but this year there should be some hope in Atlanta. 

The injuries were particularly killing Atlanta’s secondary early in the season. It was a killer combination as the Falcons had no pass rush to begin with and were playing with tons of backups in the secondary. The Falcons hope to solve their pass rush problems with the big addition of Dante Fowler Jr, who had 11.5 sacks for the Rams last year. 

According to a rankings system just done by The Athletic, the Carolina Panthers have the least continuity in their roster headed into the 2020 season. That is not what you’re looking for as the NFL plays with limited practice time due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Defensively, it would be a surprise if Carolina is not one of the worst units in the league. The Panthers lost Luke Kuechly, Gerald McCoy, Mario Addison, Eric Reid and James Bradberry. Carolina went all defense with its draft picks to try to rebuild.

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