With the 2020 NFL season right around the corner, the NFC South division is going to be one of the most entertaining divisions to watch. In recent years, the New Orleans Saints have dominated the division with Drew Brees leading the way. However, there is more competition this year.
Tom Brady has made an entrance to the division after leaving the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Carolina Panthers brought in Teddy Bridgewater in free agency to replace Cam Newton. Even the Atlanta Falcons made some big moves this offseason.
No one is guaranteed to win the NFC South this season. Brees and Brady are going to battle hard and their respective teams are the favorites to win the division. But with the improvements the other teams have made, no one is going to be a pushover.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at how the NFC South will end up when everything is said and done this season.
Carolina Panthers: 5-11, 4th in the NFC South
Bringing up the rear of the division this season will be the Panthers. Yes, they made some great moves and have a new head coach-quarterback duo that should be very good in years to come. They simply don’t have as much talent as the rest of the teams in the division.
While the Panthers are going to finish the season with a 5-11 record and end up last in the division, they are going to do so while remaining competitive.
Carolina isn’t going to go down without a fight. They will make things difficult on any team they play. With a few moves over the next offseason or two, the Panthers are going to end up back in the playoffs and being a very real threat in the NFC.
Atlanta Falcons: 6-10, 3rd in the NFC South
Coming in third in the NFC South predicted standings this year, the Falcons are going to be a team that could surprise us. While we have them projected at 6-10 on the season, they could turn that into an 8-8 season very easily.
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are still one of the most feared duos in the NFL. Calvin Ridley is expected to take a big leap forward as well. In addition to those names, Todd Gurley is now on the Falcons’ roster.
Everything will come down to how well the defense is capable of performing for the Falcons. With all of the high-powered offenses in the NFC South, the defense will be the weakest link. That is why the Falcons are projected to come in third in the division with a 6-10 record.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 11-5, 2nd in the NFC South
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are going to end up with a Wild Card spot in the playoffs. They could end up at 12-4, but we’re going with 11-5 for now.
Tampa Bay’s offense is going to be tough to stop, but there is a major question about the running game. Defensively, the Buccaneers are a very underrated team. Head coach Bruce Arians is also a major X-Factor for the Buccaneers, as he is one of the most underrated head coaches in the NFL.
It is going to be interesting to watch how the Buccaneers’ season unfolds. Brady will lead them to the playoffs and a deep playoff run is absolutely possible. At this point in time, we simply cannot put them ahead of the Saints.
New Orleans Saints: 12-4, 1st in the NFC South
Finally, the Saints will once again be crowned the division champions in 2020. Drew Brees is back for at least one more run and the offense got even better with the addition of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. No one is going to be able to stop them.
They have a good defense with plenty of playmakers as well. Sean Payton is still one of the best head coaches in the game.
New Orleans is a definite Super Bowl contender this season. After being knocked out in the Wild Card last year at home by the Minnesota Vikings, this team is angry. They are out to prove something this season.
When everything is said and done, the Saints will win the NFC South and should be expected to make a deep playoff run. It is Super Bowl or bust this season for New Orleans.