NFC South Predictions, Odds & Projections 2021/2022
- The favorites here are Tom Brady’s champion Buccaneers with many stars returning
- The Saints are without Drew Brees now and the Panthers are up in the air under center
- The longshot Atlanta Falcons could decide to stay with franchise QB Matt Ryan
The NFC South has regularly been competitive, but now the champion Buccaneers are dominating, and the Saints are without their longtime quarterback Drew Brees, now retired, so this offseason becomes huge for the three also-rans here as we look at the predictions, odds, and picks for who might win this tough NFL division. Good luck!
NFC South Division Winner Odds
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on March 29, 2021.
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-159|
|New Orleans Saints||+250|
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NFC South Division Predictions and Picks
Tampa Bay Bucs
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Favorites to Win
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The reasons so many Super Bowl winners have a tough time winning again the following season is because of the financial challenge of bringing back all those same playmakers, especially in 2021 when salary cap issues are affecting just about every NFL franchise.
The good news is the main players on the Bucs will return – offensive stars like QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski and defensive players like NT Vita Vea and LB Devon White – but keeping both sides of the ball as dangerous as last season could prove difficult this offseason.
The champion Buccaneers of course get the last pick in the upcoming draft and some mocks have them grabbing Clemson running back Travis Etienne, assuming he is still on the board by then, while other NFL talking heads see the Tampa Bay front office snagging a defensive lineman, like Miami’s Jaelan Phillips or N. Dakota’s Dillon Radunz.
New Orleans Saints
The big news this offseason was the official retirement of longtime Saints QB and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, who after fifteen seasons in New Orleans and a full two decades in the NFL has decided to hang up his cleats to spend more time with his family.
Brees and his 12-4 Saints won the NFC South last season and got to the playoffs, but once again his arm began looking questionable the deeper into the regular season and postseason the team went, and he was not able to make a return trip to the Super Bowl.
Now there will be a battle to start under center in New Orleans featuring the multi-talented Taysom Hill and the strong-armed but prone to picks Jameis Winston, which leaves the free agency and the upcoming draft, where they have six picks to find some young playmakers.
The big question in Carolina this offseason is whether journeyman Teddy Bridgewater is the team’s answer at quarterback or if they have to use a free agency or the draft to find some more depth at that position, one that has been up in the air since Cam Newton left.
Injuries played a big part in the Panthers’ disappointing 5-11 season in 2020, primarily to their star running back Christian McCaffrey, and in his absence, the team failed to win the close games during the year, with eight of their ten losses within eight points of a victory.
Some mock drafts have Carolina taking advantage of this quarterback heavy draft and with their eighth pick overall taking either North Dakota’s Trey Lance or else Ohio State’s Justin Fields depending on which one of them (if any) are still available.
No Chance to Win
Time for a new head coach in Atlanta, and former Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is going to give it a try, so maybe he can figure out what nobody else seems to be able to, which is how to convert the vast quantity of Falcon’s playmakers into wins.
Quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones are incredible together, maybe the best duo that Atlanta has ever seen, but despite their constant production and team leadership, the two could be playing in their last NFL seasons ever, at least wearing a Falcons uniform.
The relatively good news after a 4-12 season is the high draft pick the team gets the following offseason, and many mocks have the Falcons taking offensive talent with their fourth overall selection, playmakers like Florida TE Kyle Pitts, LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase or, in one case, OSU QB Justin Fields.
Which Team Has Won the Most Divisional Titles?
|New Orleans Saints||8|
|Tampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta Falcons||7|
Which NFC South Team Has Won the Most Super Bowls?
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2|
|New Orleans Saints||1|
The NFC South is the only division since the 2002 realignment to have each of its teams make a conference championship game appearance as well as a Super Bowl appearance
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager.
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