- The NFC South has some of the most talented players in the NFL, but three teams last season failed to win 8 games.
- The Saints finished the 2019 season with a 13-3 record and atop the NFC South.
- The Falcons, Panthers, and Buccaneers will all need to undergo serious offseason changed in order for their win total to hit the Over.
NEW ORLEANS — With the exception of the New Orleans Saints, the NFC South needs to re-find their identity. The Atalanta Falcons need to wake up, especially on defense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to make a big decision regarding their future QB, as well as the Carolina Panthers.
As a whole, the division has the talent to make some noise. The big-name players that make up the division do not mean anything if not all the pieces are coming together.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints were their usual powerhouse team that they always are. They were projected to go 11-5 and ended up going 13-3. This is all thanks to the connection between Drew Brees and Michael Thomas. Thomas had a career year across the board. He finished the season with 1,725 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Brees is also putting up numbers despite his age. He recently made it known that he has no plans to call it a quits and will return next season. Alvin Kamara did have a bit of a drop off year due to injury, nothing to be worried about.
The Saints Over/Under for the 2020 season is 10. Bettors can choose the over with confidence as the Saints are expected to be a force once more.
The Falcons were a confusing team. They were projected 10-6 and ended up 7-9 They have an offense that is capable of being a threat to others. Matt Ryan is playing acceptable; he just needs to limit his turnovers as he finished with 14 interceptions which was 3rd most in the league.
Julio Jones will always be elite, nothing to worry about there. Austin Hooper had a nice breakout year with 75 receptions, 787 yards, and 6 touchdowns.
Their main problem on offense is Devonta Freeman. It’s as if he is playing scared after getting hurt in 2018 after playing only two games. He is definitely not playing at his full potential at just-27 years old. The Atlanta defense also needs to wake up as they basically gave away points allowing three touchdowns in every game but one.
The Falcons Over/Under is 8 for the 2020 season. If Freeman and the Atlanta defense do not come to play next year, expect them to keep declining and bet the under.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs had a bit of a disappointing season. They were projected 8-8 and went 7-9 as well. It does not seem that disappointing but being that Jameis Winston had one of the most confusing seasons, Bucs fans should be pretty upset.
Winston led the league in passing yards with 5,109 yards and was second in touchdowns with 33. That all sounds amazing until you look at the interception’s column. Winston threw an abysmal league-leading 30 interceptions which basically cancels out his career highs.
It’s not like they don’t have receivers. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin proved that they are worthy wideouts. Tampa needs to bring in a run game this offseason to try and take the pressure off of Winston.
Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber have proven to be below average backs that don’t contribute much to the offense. If Winston is back in Tampa, this would be his last shot at proving himself.
Tampa’s Over/Under is 7 ½ for the 2020 season. If Winston could return to his “famous Jameis” form and his offseason LASIK eye surgery actually does something, the over could be smart. If they do decide to move on from Jameis, depending on who comes in to replace him, the under would be a no brainer.
The Panthers had a pretty below-average year. They were projected 9-7 and ended up 5-11. They have a nice young offense that is capable of moving the ball but still needs to develop the receivers.
DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel have a chance to be breakout players. Christian McCaffrey had career highs across the board and Panther fans could keep expecting that from him. They did, however, lose Greg Olsen who decided to sign with the Seattle Seahawks.
The big question for Carolina is whether or not they will enter a rebuilding period or not. There have been rumors of the organization moving on from their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton.
If they do, it would leave Kyle Allen as the starter. Allen is still young and learning at only 23-years old, but they have the offense to make something happen if Newton were to return as the starting quarterback.
The Panthers Over/Under is 6 ½ for the 2020 season. Depending on if they enter rebuild mode or not will decide whether to bet the Over or Under. If they do, expect them to have a repeat of last season and take the under.
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