The NFC South may not have the tradition that some divisions have, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had success.
I mean, it was just last season that the Carolina Panthers were 15-1, and went all the way to Super Bowl 50.
And sure, they lost that game in which they were heavy favorites…but that’s not really the point. In 50 years teams from this division have only been to five Super Bowls.
This division is so consistently awful just getting to the Super Bowl is cause for major celebration.
And based on those numbers, in another 10 years one of these teams should be going back again!
1. Carolina Panthers
Predicted finish: 12-4
Carolina returns most of the team that made it all the way to Super Bowl 50 intact. But the last team to go back to the title game after losing it, was the 1993 Buffalo Bills. Could these Panthers be as good as the team that lost four Super Bowls? Probably not.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Predicted finish: 8-8
Lovie Smith took a bottom of the barrel NFL team and made them halfway respectable. So the Buccaneers fired him immediately. Because that is the kind of improvement that this franchise will not tolerate.
3. New Orleans Saints
Predicted finish: 7-9
The Saints defense was once again the culprit for their failures in 2015, as they allowed over 400 yards and 31 points per game. Saints management knew a change had to be made and fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after a Week 10 loss to Washington. Now if they will fire all of the defensive players too, we might actually see some real positive change.
4. Atlanta Falcons
Predicted finish: 6-10
The Falcons got off to a hot start in 2015, rolling off five straight wins before opponents said to themselves “wait a second…these guys suck” and steamrolled Atlanta seven times in their final eight games. Actually when you think about it, that’s kind of how Matt Ryan’s career has gone too.
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