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2018 NFC South Preview

Tough to Stop Brees and Saints

Looking to connect with fantastic NFC South Previews? We got them for you. Through our 2018 NFC South preview hub page, you’ll be able to link to full team betting previews. Plus, on this page, you’ll find quick insights into all four times, our predicted order of finish, and a short overview of last season. Access all of the information you need and desire to become a smart sports bettor. Get the scoop on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons

NFC South- 2017 Season

In 2017, three teams from the NFC south made it to the playoffs. None made it to the Super Bowl Although New Orleans would have but for one horrific defensive move by a Saint rookie on the last play of the game against Minnesota. The Carolina Panthers like the Saints has 11 wins and were second on the NFC South. That got them the first wild card. The Atlanta Falcons earned the second NFC wild card by capturing 10 wins. That left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only team in the division that did not record double-digit wins and did not make the postseason.

2018 NFC South Preview: Teams

Below find some short observations to consider regarding each of the NFC South teams. As the season develops, make sure you use the most up-to-date information available before making any sports bet. But as this season kicks off, the summaries below and extended analytical pages focusing on each team will go a long way to in helping you make your picks.

Atlanta Falcons

  • QB Matt Ryan is as sharp as a razor
  • WR Calvin Ridley replaces Taylor Gabriel as the team’s playmaker
  • If Devonta Freeman can stay healthy, he’ll accumulate 1,000-plus yards
  • The O-line is suspect
  • D-line has been adjusted and may be more effective
  • PK Matt Bryant is exceptionally solid
  • Punt and kick runbacks need new blood

Carolina Panthers

  • New GM Marty Hurney made numerous changes
  • How much can QB Can Newton do?
  • O-line still has issues
  • Can new O-C Norv Turner weave some magic?
  • Defense had 50 sacks and could post 50+ in 2018
  • Adding DT Dontari Poe makes line even more fearsome
  • 10 picks tied them for 24th and secondary is still weak

New Orleans Saints

  • QB Drew Brees is still throwing for 4000-plus yards
  • Solid running game headed by Mark Ingram
  • O-line protected Brees (20 Sacks, 2nd NFL) and running lanes
  • Deep and talented receiving group
  • D had 42 sacks (T-7th) and 20 INTs (3rd)
  • D-end Cameron Jordan posted 13 sacks
  • HC Sean Payton is coached 2nd ranked offense in NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Bucs have not made postseason since 2007
  • Sixth last-place finish in seven seasons
  • QB Jameis Winston had a decent season
  • RB unit is weak but good receivers
  • D has been upgraded in front and in D-back spots
  • 22 sacks ranked 32nd and total D ranked 32nd
  • Offense will be good, but defense not good enough

Projected Order of Finish

Our 2018 NFC South Preview sees the following order of finish:

  1. New Orleans Saints
  2. Atlanta Falcons
  3. Carolina Panthers
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Final Thoughts- 2018 NFC South Preview

With the NFL preseason coming to an end and the regular season about to begin, rosters become fixed, starters are chosen, and teams are focused on winning. That means sports bettors can start making sensible wagers that are carefully calculated. You can use our 2018 NFC South Preview and all of our other NFL pages to help to make solid, smart bets. As the season continues, check our NFL pages continuously. We’ll be posting free picks, news, and updates throughout each week of the 2018 NFL season.

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Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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