2017 NFC South Projections Total Wins Betting Prediction

NFC South Predictions 2017

The NFC South has had a different champion the past two seasons, and the division is expected to be even tougher this year.

Will the Atlanta Falcons, who blew a great opportunity to win the Super Bowl, the Carolina Panthers, who played in the Super Bowl two seasons ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won nine games last season, or the New Orleans Saints, win the division this year?

Keep reading to find out…

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NFC South Division 2017 Win Total Predictions

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are projected to win 9.5 games this year.

Does this number seem low? Perhaps, but what happened after last year’s Super Bowl, it’s hard to be optimistic about things.

Atlanta won 11 games last year and finished with the second best record in the NFC. With talented players like Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, and Julio Jones, the Falcons will still have one of the best offenses in the league.

However, how will they overcome losing Kyle Shanahan? That’s the question perhaps a lot of people have. New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has some big shoes to fill.

Defensively, the Falcons struggled a lot last year and would have won more games if their defense didn’t let them down.

After blowing the biggest lead in the Super Bowl, the Falcons tried to address some of their defensive issues through the draft and free agency, Dontari Poe (free agency) and Takkarist McKinley (draft), but we won’t know how effective the new players will be until the season starts.

Their schedule is eerily similar to that of Carolina’s last year, with the Bears on the road, the Packers at home, Lions on the road, and Bills at home before their bye.

It doesn’t look any better after the break with a stretch of games that include games against the Patriots, Cowboys and Seahawks.

The Falcons will be good, but won’t win 11 games this year.

  • Over/Under Prediction: UNDER 10

Carolina Panthers

Carolina is projected to win 8.5 games.

The Panthers are hoping this year won’t be such as disaster as 2016. The team added running back Christian McCaffrey through the draft and he is expected to give quarterback Cam Newton an extra option in the offense with his running and receiving skills.

Hopefully, Cam Newton will have healed well from his shoulder surgery which would give me more confidence in believing the offense can be as dominant as it used to be.

The Panthers offensive line is still a big question mark, but if they can play well enough to give Newton some extra time in the backfield, the Panthers could have a similar season to their 2015 campaign in which Newton was the league MVP.

Defensively, the Panthers are still considered one of the best in the game, but they did not look very good last year, giving up 402 points, which was the fifth most in the NFL.

Carolina added some strength with Julius Peppers, Charles Johnson, Mario Addison, Wes Horton and Daeshon Hall and Star Lotulelei, Kawaan Short and Vernon Butler on the inside make it seem like it’ll be a tough defense once more.

Their schedule doesn’t favor them once more however, though they open against the 49ers, they have two road games against the Bears and Tampa Bay with a game sandwiched against the Eagles. However, the real tests are their games against the Patriots on the road, Lions on the road and Eagles at home.

If Carolina’s defense can return to form, the NFC South will run through them. Carolina will win nine or more games this season.

  • Over/Under Prediction: UNDER 9

New Orleans Saints

The Saints are projected to win eight games.

New Orleans has been one of the most disappointing teams in the league for the past four or five seasons. Ever since they won the Super Bowl in 2010, the Saints have been one of the biggest underachievers in the NFL.

The fact of the matter is they haven’t really changed much. Though they added Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara, this team doesn’t have much to hold them together.

Marshon Lattimore was a fantastic pick in the first round, but apparently they were shooting for Patrick Mahomes instead.

Offensively, Drew Brees always has the team at the top of most statistical categories, but it doesn’t always translate to wins.

The Saints have finished 7-9 in four of the last five seasons, so there’s no reason to believe they will do better this year even with the addition of Adrian Peterson.

Their schedule isn’t at all favoring either. The open for Monday Night Football against the Vikings on the road, then they host the Patriots and later the Panther and Dolphins before their bye week. That’s going to be tough.

New Orleans won’t win eight games this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are projected to win 8.5 games this season.

Last year, Tampa Bay won nine games, thanks to second year quarterback Jameis Winston and a very capable defense.

During the offseason, the Bucs signed Desean Jackson, the best deep threat in the game, and O.J. Howard who will be paired with Pro Bowler Mike Evans and Cameron Brate.

If the offense is as good as expected, look for the Bucs to make their return to the playoffs this year.

Their schedule has them facing the Dolphins in Week 1, which isn’t a bad matchup, then they play against the Bears at home and the Vikings on the road in Week 3.

If they can do well before their bye, I see them hitting the over easily.

Tampa Bay will win more than nine games this year.

  • Over/Under Prediction: OVER 9

Which team will win the South Division? With all eyes in the division on the Falcons, people will be surprised to see the Panthers reclaim the AFC South title.

 
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