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Atlanta Falcons

One of the biggest issues the Falcons have this season is their running game. They will depend on RB Devonta Freeman to carry their rush offense. They were also able to draft RB Tevin Coleman from Indiana in the second round; he will be playing behind Freeman. Offensively, they also signed TE Jacob Tamme who is set as the Falcons starting TE. On the defensive side, as the 8th overall pick, the Falcons selected DE Vic Beasley from Clemson. Expect him to be huge for this defense come the 2015 season. Atlanta also added WLB Justin Durant and SLB Brooks Reeds to their defensive mix. Despite being the favorite to win the division, my concern with the Falcons is whether this newly shaped defense can play well together. Last season, they were ranked as the worst defense in the NFL (Ranked 32nd).

Oddmakers at Bodog & Bovada currently list the Atlanta Falcons as:
Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC South: +200
Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC Conference: 22/1
Odds to win the 2016 Superbowl : 40/1

Carolina Panthers

Oddsmakers have set the Panthers and the Falcons as equal favorites of winning the division. The Panthers were able to pick up veteran players such as CB Charles Tillman and WR Ted Ginn during the off-season. Those were pretty much the only two major pick-ups the Panthers had made for free agency signings. Despite having a record under.500 (7-8-1), the Panther were able to make it to the playoffs as division winners. Will it be the same outcome this season? Too soon to tell: Depends how Cam Newton plays and whether he stays healthy; depends if Ron Rivera’s defense comes out as strong as they did in the post-season. The main issue with the Panthers is the risk that is involved, making them a less dependable team.

Oddmakers at Bodog & Bovada currently list the Carolina Panthers as:
Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC South: +200
Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC Conference: 22/1
Odds to win the 2016 Superbowl : 40/1

New Orleans Saints

During the off-season, the Saints had traded TE Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks; Saints fans were devastated when they heard about the news. The only major player New Orleans was able to acquire was RB CJ Spiller who will be playing behind Mark Ingram. My concern with the Saints is whether Drew Brees still has what it takes to get through the season. Oddsmakers have opened the Saints as a +225 underdog to win the division; this is practically close the Panther and the Falcons. Personally, those odds are not worth taking as the Saints haven’t even changed their defence since last season (Ranked 31st in 2014-15). That said, no defense-no good

Oddmakers at Bodog & Bovada currently list the New Orleans Saints as:
Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC South: +225
Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC Conference: 22/1
Odds to win the 2016 Superbowl : 40/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Although they are considered the underdog of the division, don’t underestimate the Bucs. With the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft, the Buccaneers picked QB Jameis Winston. Hopefully this solves the Quarterback issues they had to deal with last season. During free agency signings, the Bucs were also able to sign major player such as MLB Bruce Carter, DE George Johnson and FS Chris Conte. They are set in the starting depth chart.  Although every team from the NFC South has a realistic chance of taking the division, according to oddsmakers, the Bucs are considered the “longshot” as a +650 underdog and therefore the more risky team. Personally, just by looking at their roster and comparing it to the rest of the division, the Bucs have the players and the team to win the NFC South. For those reasons, +650 is a good bet when taking into consideration the division’s caliber.

Oddmakers at Bodog & Bovada currently list the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as:
Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC South: +650
Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC Conference: 40/1
Odds to win the 2016 Superbowl : 100/1

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Odds to win the 2015-16 NFC North:  Carolina Panthers +200

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