The NFC South is in the spotlight today. The NFC South is one division where anybody can win it. Since 2010, the Atlanta Falcons have been the only team to win two division titles. Last years champion, the Carolina Panthers is looking to repeat as division champs. Here is a preview and predictions of the NFC South:
Carolina Panthers: The Carolina Panthers shocked the NFL world last season by winning the NFC South with a record of 12-4. Cam Newton is progressing nicely as a young quarterback but can he repeat his play from last season? The Panthers lost major pieces on offense when they released longtime Panther Steve Smith. They also lost secondary reciever Brandon Lafell and special teamer Ted Ginn Jr. Can the Panthers survive on offense without their top receivers and rely on rookie receivers like Kelvin Benjamin?
2014 Record: 11-5 first in the NFC South
New Orleans Saints– The Saints have been one of the most consistent teams in the NFC South going 11-5 and making the playoffs. They have improved their team by adding former Bills great Jairus Bryd. He is definally and upgrade over his predecessor Malcolm Jenkins. He’s able to cover more ground in pass coverage, and he possesses top-notch playmaking abilities. He’s no slouch in the tackling department, either, and his versatility will enable defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to be even more creative with his exotic defensive sets. Can he help out the Saints defense? Also the Saints revamped their offensive line after a season in which Brees was sacked a career high 37 times. Can the rookies step up for Drew Brees?
2014 Record: 10-6, second in the NFC South
Atlanta Falcons-The Atlanta Falcons had a rough 2013 campaign going 4-12 last season. The Falcons had issues with the offensive and defensive line and seems like they didn’t had the toughness and grit in games. Returning is Juilo Jones who season was cut short due to a foot injury. Can Julio Jones play to his Pro Bowl self? The Falcons also picked up former Chicago Bears great Devin Hester. Can he produce for the Falcons?
2014 Record: 8-8, third in the NFC South
Tampa Bay Buccaneers– With a new logo and new uniforms, the Buccanneers are hoping for great season after going 4-12. With new head coach Lovie Smith, can he take this floundering franchise and turn it into a winner again?
2014 Record: 6-10, last place in the NFC South