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Last year was a down time for NFC South teams not from New Orleans. Recent Super Bowl participants Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons both stumbled below .500 while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers endured their second straight 5-11 campaign. That allowed the Saints to runaway with their second straight division title. The boys from the Big Easy ended their season in heartbreaking style again, but they are poised, if not pissed, to do better in 2019, which is why the Saints are the favorite to match a record for consecutive NFC South titles this season.

Odds to Win NFC South at BookMaker.eu

New Orleans Saints -186

Atlanta Falcons +356

Carolina Panthers +620

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1250


The window may be closing on Drew Brees and his chance to get back to a Super Bowl. But make no mistake he can still play, and the Saints will definitely score points. They’ve been very good at that since Brees and Sean Payton joined forces in 2006, ranking among the top-10 in 10 of the 12 seasons they’ve been together. The two times the Saints weren’t one of the 10 best they ranked 11th and 12th. Brees is 40 and Father Time will catch up, but he’s led the league in completion percentage the last two seasons and shows no signs of slowing down. He has an all-star cast around him and the Saints are in a good position to win their third straight crown.

Both the Panthers and Falcons are poised to return to their winning ways after stumbling last season with identical 7-9 records. However, they return a bunch of guys who got them to the Super Bowl just a few years earlier. The success of the Panthers hinges on Cam Newton’s throwing shoulder, which got cut up again this offseason. The loss of Thomas Davis hurts the defense, but Carolina signed former Buc Gerald McCoy and drafted a potential star in Brian Burns. The South is known for its wide open offenses, but teams are getting stronger on the other side of the football.

Injuries and Steve Sarkisian hampered the Falcons last year. The injuries have healed and Sarkisian was given his last call when the team fired him toward the end of last season. Dirk Koetter returns as the team’s OC, a post he held from 2012-2014 and he hopes to revive the magic he had with Matt Ryan. Of course, having Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman healthy will make life easier. Do the Falcons have enough defensively to challenge for the top spot? Tampa Bay has a new coach in Bruce Arians and his quest is to get Jameis Winston on track. If Arians can’t do it, no one can.

National Football Conference Teams

Philadelphia Eagles Chicago Bears New Orleans Saints Los Angeles Rams
Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons Seattle Seahawks
Washington Redskins Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers San Francisco 49ers
New York Giants Detroit Lions Tampa Bay Buccaneers Arizona Cardinals

List of NFC South Winners

2018 New Orleans Saints 13-3
2017 New Orleans Saints 11–5
2016 Atlanta Falcons 11–5
2015 Carolina Panthers 15–1
2014 Carolina Panthers 7–8–1
2013 Carolina Panthers 12–4
2012 Atlanta Falcons 13–3
2011 New Orleans Saints 13–3
2010 Atlanta Falcons 13–3
2009 New Orleans Saints 13–3
2008 Carolina Panthers 12–4
2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9–7
2006 New Orleans Saints 10–6
2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-5
2004 Atlanta Falcons 11–5
2003 Carolina Panthers 11–5
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12–4

The NFC South was born out of realignment in 2002 when the NFL moved to eight four-team divisions. If you like offense, which most people do, the South is for you. Atlanta rode the league’s highest scoring offense to the Super Bowl in 2016 and Carolina did the same the year before. Both teams lost, but it was a fun ride. With the Falcons winning the 2016 NFC title, the South became the first division since realignment to have all its teams play in a Super Bowl.

If parity is what the NFL is striving for, the league got it right with the South. The division did not have a repeat winner until the 2014 season and each team has at least three division titles. The Carolina Panthers became the first to repeat when they won the 2014 title. It was tarnished a bit by the fact they had a losing record at 7-8-1, becoming the second team in five years to win a division with a below .500 record.

Carolina sandwiched that season with a 12-4 campaign in 2013 and a 15-1 mark in 2015 to become the first three-peat champion in the division’s brief history. They held the record with five titles before being matched by the Saints last year. Atlanta’s fourth division crown in 2016 preceded the Saints back-to-back run.

The Saints had just two division titles in their first 39 years with both coming as a member of the NFC West. They matched that total by winning the South in 2006 and 2009. They capped the 2009 campaign by becoming the last division team to win a Super Bowl.

Most NFC South Division Titles

New Orleans Saints 5 2018
Carolina Panthers 5 2015
Atlanta Falcons 4 2016
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 2007

While some divisions lack geographical sense, the South isn’t one of them. And the Atlanta/New Orleans rivalry is the most underrated in the NFL. The teams joined the league a season apart in the mid-1960s and have played each other every season since. They were teamed in the NFC West before realignment took place, and the battles have continued in the NFC South.

None of the teams are what you would consider powerhouses in the history of the league. Atlanta and Carolina have each been to two Super Bowls and lost both. The Saints and Bucs won their only trip. The combined six appearances are fewer than five teams. But the division has been exciting, especially when they play each other, and you can expect plenty of points. It’s also been tight with each team winning at least three division crowns.

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