The Falcons had a great season, but fell short in the playoffs. This season should be another solid year for the Falcons. The offense is still potent, the defense can stop you, and I really like the attitude this team displays.
They have a great leader with Ryan at QB, and the coach really is a players type of coach. That being said, I see this team going 9-7. I think the NFC South has three of the better teams in the NFC.
I think the Panters are a better team than they were last year, but they’re not ready to contend just yet. Ron Rivera is a great choice for coach and Cam Newton will be a good QB in the years to come. How good he can be will be up to him. Will he listen to the hype or will he work his tail off to become one of the best.
Also, how will he adapt to losing, which the Panthers will do a lot of this season. Weapon wise, Newton has a potent running game, WR Steve Smith, and TE Greg Olsen, who should have a monster season with the Panthers. They’ll do some good things, but I see the Panthers going 5-11.
New Orleans Saints
I think the Saints learned something last season, take nothing for granted. They fully expected to go into Seattle and move on to the next round in the playoffs, didn’t happen. This season they’ll be sharper and more focused.
Need proof? Drew Brees ran one heck of a training camp this summer during the lockout. They will be one of the sharper teams out of the gate and that will pay big dividends at the end of the season. I think the Saints go 11-5 and take the division.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs should have made the playoffs last year. All they had to do was beat the Lions at home. They are capable of beating anybody, but they need to learn how to do so. Once they do, they will be a very dangerous team. I think Legarrette Blount is going to have a monster year. Look for Josh Freeman to continue his advancement and the defense will get better as the year goes on. I see them going 10-6.