The NFC South is going into it’s tenth year as a division, and each team has won the division at least twice. It has certainly turned into one of the most exciting divisions to watch. The 2012 season is around the corner and the draft is less than a month away. Any team has a chance at taking the division and here’s what I think we’ll see.
1. New Orleans Saints (11-5) (6-2)
Everyone thought the Saints would drop in the division after the bounty gate scandal, and Coach Payton’s suspension. Bill Parcells has been interviewing with the Saints and would be an excellent fit to fill the void. If the Saints don’t land Parcells they’d still have plenty of weapons to work with. They re-signed Bree’s number one receiver Marques Colston, and have been building on defense with the signing of Curtis Lofton. If Drew Brees has another record breaking season, you’ll definitely see this team winning games in the playoffs.
2. Carolina Panthers (9-7) (5-3)
The Panthers chances this year will be better than ever. Cam Newton can help this team and possibly squeeze into a wild card spot. Their defense can’t get much worse, and their explosive offense will be even better with the signing of Mike Tolbert. If Cam can have another Pro-Bowl season, watch out for the Panthers in the next few years.
3. Atlanta Falcons (8-8) (4-4)
Atlanta has been building in free agency this offseason. But is RB Michael Turner and Atlanta’s defense ready to step up? Matt Ryan had a great year with 4000+ yards and 29 TD’s. If he has another year like that, I can see this team winning games and making the playoffs. It’d be interesting to see what Coach Mike Smith will do with this young team.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) (2-6)
The Bucs are making moves in free agency with the signing of Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks. Freeman didn’t have the year everyone was hoping for, and Blount only had 780 yards and 5 TD’s. The Bucs have the fifth overall selection in the draft and will probably be looking into defense with CB Morris Claiborne. This is a rebuilding year for the Bucs but there’s something to look forward to in the next few years.
Written By – JD Rowe – NFC South Writer – @JDRowe21
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