Alright it is time for me to keep plugging away at my NFC predictions. The next division will be the NFC South.
Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons had a great season last year. I have a feeling that they will continue to have a great season. The biggest offseason move made by the Falcons was the acquisition of Tony Gonzalez. Normally the addition of a tight end isn’t a big deal. But we are talking about a great pass catcher (especially in the red zone) and a decent blocker. You throw that in the mix with Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Jerrious Norwood and you have a potent offense. While the wide receiver position isn’t stellar but it did the trick last year and will continue to do so this year. The one thing that will keep Atlanta from achieving success will be their defense. Either way I think that they will manage to go 9-7.
New Orleans Saints: Here is a team that could win the division. But I think the strength of their schedule will ruin any hopes of winning the NFC South. On the offensive side of the ball you have to start at quarterback. Drew Brees is a stud quarterback.. He will put up solid numbers and connect with Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey a lot. Reggie Bush will be the feature back. It might be tough on him mentally knowing that him and Kim Kardashian are through. I know that would be on my mind constantly. That sweet sweet ass. Sorry I spaced out. I was on Planet Kardashian. Anyways like the Falcons, their defense will determine their success. The mindset in the past has been to just outscore your opponent and play mediocre defense. The Saints will go marching to a 8-8 record.
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers disappointed many of their fans last season in the playoffs. They were clear favorites to destroy the Arizona Cardinals. However they just didn’t show up at all. During the offseason they were dealing with Julius Peppers and his desire to leave Carolina. But they managed to work things out and help keep their defense in tact. The offense still has its weapons in Steve Smith, Deangelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and inconsistent Jake Delhomme. But I hate to disappoint you Panther fans out there but if you take a gander at their schedule you will see how difficult it is. They may have scored one of the toughest schedules. With that being said the Panthers will go 8-8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The term “rebuilding year” certainly comes to mind when I think of the Tampa Bay Bucs. They have a new head coach. They got rid of veterans like Derrick Brooks, Joey Galloway, Warwick Dunn, Cato June, and Ike Hilliard. Next they bring in Byron Leftwich and draft Josh Freeman to battle Josh McCown for the starting job at QB. Then they sign Derrick Ward to compliment their backfield of Earnest Graham and Cadillac Williams. Finally on the offensive side they added Kellen Winslow Jr. at tight end. I can see the offensive side putting up some points. The real question is will their defense be tough and intimidating like in years prior. At a quick glance at their depth chart my answer will be no. For this reason I see the Bucs going 4-12.
Next the Man Behind the Clouds will tackle NFC West to complete the conference.