For the first 11 decades of their NFC South’s presence, starting in 2002, no branch champion had repeated. Now it has happened twice in five years. Does the Saints do it again?
The NFC South has always been a peculiar beast. Until recently, each team had that one competitor they either possessed or could not conquer. For those of us creating NFL selections, it was like some of those matchups in college football which were one-sided, you did not need to look into the game, simply circle the club using the advantage.
That is a bit less in the past few years but do not kid yourself, in this area of the nation where they take college football very seriously, they do exactly the very same with those four teams.
Here is a peek at the most current NFL odds to win the NFC South and New Orleans is preferred to be the next three-peat winner.
NFC South Division – (by 5Dimes – upgraded 8/17)
New Orleans -148
Atlanta +370
Carolina +500
Tampa Bay +1500
The Saints have the weapons to replicate, but the truth is that the quarterback play in this branch is as strong as some of the eight in the league as we’ve seen several occasions that could change the standings. But going into a new year, we believe the oddsmakers are spot on and support their choices.
1) New Orleans Saints
In a league where coaches and players come and go with regularity, New Orleans has done what top franchises perform, they remain the course. When Bountygate occurred and the Saints went 7-9 in four years, most owners could have wanted change. However, GM Mickey Loomis rebuilt New Orleans without having to rip it to the floor and Sean Payton remained true to himself. The Saints have had REALLY bad luck in the playoffs in the last two seasons, so can they capture a break and win everything?
2) Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons hold the key employees to do battle with New Orleans. That’s not their issue. Catching or exceeding them revolves around Atlanta putting together an offensive line which may rank close to the Best 10. This means both in moving the line of scrimmage at the run and shielding Matt Ryan when he drops back to pass. To come back to the playoffs as a wild card or division champ, trainer Dan Quinn has to have a quality defense. They do not need to be Top 5, only have the ability to stop the run, rush the passer and create turnovers because they did three decades ago when they almost won the Super Bowl. Would Atlanta clean this up? We’ll find out.
3) Carolina Panthers
4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It might be a excellent story if Jameis Winston and Bruce Arians may turn into the soccer version of the movie,”Karate Kid.” This is where the old master takes an undisciplined kid and molds him into one of the best in his game. But football is a team game and even though Arians can turn Winston into a Best 12 quarterback, Tampa Bay has numerous different holes to match, it would take a couple bushels of Gorilla Tape to seal all the cracks the Buccaneers have. The Bucs will enhance but they will nonetheless be basement bound.
Writer/Handicapper Doug Upstone was a registered 50-34, 59.5% at sports betting monitors in the NFL last year and is 15-7 the past three years from the NFL preseason. Follow his NFL selections here at

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