1. The Atlanta Falcons
Saints fans won’t like this, but the harsh reality that faces the Saints is that the NFC South is a tough division.
Last year the Atlanta Falcons appeared to be a pushover team. Finishing 9-7 wasn’t overly disappointing, but considering the Saints’ dominance and stranglehold on the NFC South, the Falcons 2009 campaign more or less went to waste.
So what should we expect this season?
Easy, a new-looking Falcons team. Michael Turner is back, Matt Ryan is still a sure-handed quarterback, and Atlanta’s grudge for the top spot is enough to convince many people they are still a contender.
In 2010, don’t expect New Orleans to take this division quite so easily. Aside from Atlanta, a case could be made that Carolina may indeed surprise a few people and still rally for the top seed.
It’s a tough division, and at the end of the day any one of these teams has the ability to win the crown. Expect it to be a tight race to the finish.