The NFC South is intriguing this year. The Panthers surprised all by taking out the division last year but the Saints are the Saints and the Falcons will be back this year making it very competitive.
Here is a preview of the four teams from the NFC South:
Coach: Ron Rivera
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
These cats purred under the radar all last year and then won the division. And then they were one and done. In the off season they lost their wide receivers. Newton’s law says what goes up must come down. Let’s hope for Cam he can throw the pigskin up and it comes down in the right place with his new receiving corp.
Key signings: WR Jerricho Cotchery, WR Jason Avant, WR Tiquan Underwood, TE Ed Dickson, CB Antoine Cason, S Roman Harper, WR Kelvin Benjamin, DE Kony Ealy, G Trai Turner, S Tre Boston, CB Bene Benwikere
New Orleans Saints
Coach: Sean Payton
Stadium: Mercedes Benz Superdome
First there was ‘bountygate” and then last year there was “roadgate”. The Saints just need to win on the road to be a legitimate chance. “Brees to Graham”, “Drew to Jimmy” will be the most common phrases said by commentators when New Orleans are in possession and so they should be. Let’s just hope the commentators don’t say “and there’s a slam dunk from Jimmy Graham”. It’s a very dangerous division, but so is Drew.
Coach: Mike Smith
Stadium: Georgia Dome
They had the Ice Man throwing the ball last year, but he just didn’t’ have anyone to throw too. There was more ice thrown in the ice bucket challenge, than touchdowns. The Falcons had both their wings clipped when they lost Roddy White and Julio Jones last season. These two are now fit and expect the Falcons to be sticking their beaks into everyone’s business this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Coach: Lovie Smith
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
There’s plenty of love in Tampa Bay with new coach Lovie Smith. These Buccaneers aren’t quite swashbuckling yet, but they aren’t too far away. They didn’t come on last year like many expected, but with an extra year under their belt don’t be surprised to see them in a wild card race. Doug Martin is integral to success and if the new QB can connect with star Vincent Jackson, a few teams will be walking the plank to defeat.