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Season Preview: NFC South

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The NFC South is the strongest division in the NFL this year. With the Super Bowl being hosted in Atlanta, many have predicted that the Falcons take top spot. However, the Saints might have something to say about that..

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are absolutely stacked for 2018. With former MVP quarterback Matt Ryan at the helm, anything is possible. Moreover, they posses a very strong receiving core in speedster Mohammad Sanu, 26th pick Calvin Ridley and the world class Julio Jones. The Falcons also boast Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman who pose a solid threat in the run game.
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The defence is similarly great for this team. Pro-Bowlers Deion Jones, Desmond Trufant and Vic Beasley provide both veteran leadership and incredible defensive prowess.

In reality, there’s no real threat for the Falcons. If they can perform, which they will, they’ll have a deep run in the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints are a dangerous team this year. Drew Brees is still the outstanding talent he has always been. His 72.0 passing percentage of last year reinstates his dominance at the quarterback position.
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In addition, he has many talents at his disposal on offence, such as the incredible Michael Thomas, who made his first Pro-Bowl appearance last season. The Saints also possess the best running back duo in the league, in AP NFL Rookie Offensive Player of the Year Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram Jr.

On defence, the Saints have first team All-Pro, Cameron Jordan. The Saints have also showed considerable motivation to win now with the trading of their first pick in next years draft which allowed them to move from no. 27 to no.14 in the 2018 Draft in order to select Marcus Davenport from UTSA.

The Black and Gold are likely to qualify for the playoffs once more, and they’ll go far.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have changed astronomically, almost overnight it seems. After former defensive coordinator, Steve Wilks, left for Arizona, coach Ron Rivera promoted D-Line coach Eric Washington. The next big change came in the form of offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, who has acquired the reigns to a highly explosive roster, including the flamboyant Cam Newton.
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Luke Keuchly returns as the leader of the defence, one of the best in the NFL. In spite of that, the Panthers are likely to have a stormy season ahead.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are last on this list for a reason. Firstly, Jameis Winston has to endure a three-game suspension at the beginning of the season.

Offensively, the Buccaneers have some real threats with Mike Evans and Desean Jackson. On the other hand, the Bucs are yet to establish an elite run game, which they hope to do so with the selection of Ronald Jones II in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
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On defence, Gerald McCoy is a game-changer. With six Pro Bowl appearances under his belt already, he will key on that D-Line. Speaking of which, the addition of Jason Pierre-Paul from the Giants significantly improves the lineup.

Regardless of the changes on this roster, there is simply no room for the Bucs to succeed in such a tough division, especially considering their problematic schedule.