NFC South: Battle Between Falcons and Saints
The NFL Training Camps haven’t even started but if online betting fans are going to have a successful, profitable, 2009-2010 season, then they will need to start putting money down right now on which teams are going to win the respective divisions in the NFL.
The first division that we’ll take a look at is the NFC South where three teams are expected to battle for a divisional title and two actually look like they might have a shot at a conference title.
Let’s take a look at the teams who will be battling for the NFC South crown.
NFL: NFC South Preview To Win
1. New Orleans Saints +180 - - Drew Brees has had one of the greatest stretches in NFL history for a quarterback and should be even better this season when he gets a full strength Marques Colston back. If Devery Henderson can step it up, and Lance Moore continues to improve, the top three wide-outs in New Orleans might be the best in the NFL. Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and former Pac-1o stand-out, Mike Bell, should provide a solid run game, but all gamblers know that the success of this team will depend on the schemes developed by Gregg Williams, the new defensive coordinator. Williams will have some parts to work with as the Saints have a talented front 7 that so far, with the exception of Jonathan Vilma, hasn’t lived up to it’s potential.
2. Carolina Panthers +225 - - Julius Peppers isn’t happy, but the DE hasn’t been all that good the past couple of years anyhow. A bigger issue is whether or not the Panthers’ front line can put enough pressure on the QBs in the NFC South, as a unit, to help their cornerbacks. Both Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall can get beat and the Saints and Falcons have the offensive weapons to do it. On offense, QB Jake Delhomme and WR Steve Smith are a year older. So is Muhsin Muhammed. This team could tail off big time after going 12 and 4 in 2008.
3. Atlanta Falcons +230 - - QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner won’t surprise anyone this season and the Falcons really didn’t improve too much in the WR department during the off-season. The biggest issue, a major issue, is at linebacker where the Falcons lost two starters. That just isn’t going to cut it in a division where defense will ultimately rule the day.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers +450 - - The odds on the Bucs to win the NFC South this year should be roughly 30 to 1. Luke McCown will be the starter at quarterback in Bucland. Really? Luke McCown? The defense isn’t nearly what it used to be and the Bucs enter this season with a new head coach. This team could win 3 games…okay, maybe 4...in 2009.
Analysis: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not shot to win this division unless injuries decimate the Panthers, Falcons and Saints. Out of those three teams, the Panthers have the least chance of winning the division because Delhomme and Smith are a year older. Eventually, those injuries, both players have suffered quite a few, should take their toll. The days of wine and roses for Carolina are probably over as their defense just isn’t dominating, the schedule is tougher in 2009, and they just don’t look ready for this season. Atlanta is the sexy pick of many bettors and analysts to win the NFC South in 2009, but they don’t have the defense. I just can’t see a team losing two starting linebackers picking it up enough to beat the rest of this division. That leaves the New Orleans Saints who happen to be the favorite in the sportsbook. The offense will once against be ranked in the top 3 in almost every significant category. It’s the defense that Saints’ fans, and gamblers, have been worried about for some time. Well, don’t worry. With Jabari Greer and Darren Sharper coming over to solidify the defensive backfield, and Jonathan Vilma anchoring the front seven at the middle linebacker position, the Saints should be very solid as new defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, has been a success everywhere he’s gone. Ride the favorite in the NFC South is what I say.
Pick: New Orleans Saints