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NFC South Season Odds Preview

Last season, the NFC South was the only division in the NFL to have three teams with 10 wins or more as Atlanta was 13-3, New Orleans was 11-5, and Tampa Bay was 10-6.

Editor Note: NFC South odds preview for this season, click here.

 

With no noticeable drop-off for any of these teams this offseason, the NFC South should once again be extremely competitive in 2011.

New Orleans Saints (Odds to Win Division at Bovada +110)

After an extremely disappointing end to the season in the playoffs last year at the hands of Seattle, the Saints had a big offseason to get even stronger coming into this season.

Darron Sproles (signed to replace the departed Reggie Bush) and first-round pick Mark Ingram should help improve the running game, and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and center Olin Kreutz were brought in to strengthen up the lines. Drew Brees will once again lead one of the league’s most explosive offenses, and after last season’s slip-up the Saints will be even more motivated.

Atlanta Falcons (Odds to Win Division at Bovada +120)

Last season, Atlanta proved they belonged among the NFL's elite, finishing with the NFC’s best record at 13-3. They ran into eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay at the wrong time in the playoffs, but the experience should prove to be valuable.

Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Roddy White all return and will likely put up huge numbers on offense again in 2011. Rookie wideout Julio Jones adds another dangerous fold to the offense, and adding defensive end Ray Edwards helps improve the defense. The Falcons look poised for another big year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Odds to Win Division at Bovada +550)

Tampa Bay went from a 3-13 season in 2009 to a stunning 10-6 season in 2010, thanks in large part to breakout campaigns from second-year quarterback Josh Freeman (3,451 yards passing) and rookies LeGarrette Blount (1007 yards rushing) and Mike Williams (964 yards receiving). These three form a core that should bring success to Tampa Bay for years to come.

Tampa Bay did benefit from a soft schedule last season, and a tougher schedule this year will show what the Bucs are truly made of.

Carolina Panthers (Odds to Win Division at Bovada +1800)

After an abysmal 2010 season (2-14), Carolina has done a respectable job this offseason trying to help along the recovery process. They re-signed running back DeAngelo Williams and defensive end Charles Johnson, and went out and added tight ends Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey as well as wideout Legedu Naanee.

First overall pick Cam Newton will likely take over under center, and should provide some excitement for a fan base in dire need of it. The rebuild won’t happen overnight in Carolina, but they should show signs of improvement.

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