Poll: Do you think the Atlanta Falcons will win the NFC South?
Last season was one to forget for the NFC South. Not one team finished with a winning record, but that could all change in 2015.
The NFC South combined for 22 victories, which was the worst in the NFL. To put it in perspective, the NFC West combined for 37 victories, the North 35 and the East 32.
The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons had the 31st and 32nd ranked defenses respectively, and will be hoping their offseason acquisitions will help them improve.
Defense hasn’t been a problem in Carolina, and they will be hoping their new offensive pieces will help Cam Newton as they look to win their third straight NFC South crown.
What wasn’t a problem for Tampa Bay in 2014? Their four wins in 2013 was cut in half last season, and a big problem was the poor play at quarterback. They now have Jameis Winston, and their hope is that he can turn them into contenders long term.
It doesn’t matter how weak the division is, there has to be a winner.
We can expect the South to combine for at least 30 victories in 2015, and they should exceed that considerably. Atlanta now has a defense that should be able to force some stops and put pressure on the quarterback; New Orleans may have lost Jimmy Graham, but they have added pieces that can help them rebound.
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Tampa Bay should win at least five or six games if Winston can lift the team’s quarterback play right away, and Carolina should be pushing for double digits in the win column.
But who do you think will host a playoff game from the NFC South?
Will the Panthers, who were the first team in the division’s history to win consecutive titles, win a third straight? Have the Falcons done enough to return to the playoffs?
Was 2014 a blip on the radar for the Saints, or are they going to struggle again? And how about the Bucs? Surely a two-win team can’t make the leap just yet? Or can they?
Let us know what you think in the comments.