Here are the odds to win the NFC South, as they have been posted at VietBet:
- Carolina Panthers -227
- Atlanta Falcons +615
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +670
- New Orleans Saints +740
2016 NFL Betting Odds – Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers (-227) are for real, after last year’s 15-1 regular season. But are they as good as that record? Many observers doubt it since a lot of things happened that are not likely to happen again. Cam Newton had that MVP season, and he’ll likely put up some numbers again. But can he repeat what he did last season, with his combined numbers rushing and receiving? How about Ted Ginn, who had the best year of what had been, to that point, a disappointing career? These people will count on Jonathan Stewart to once again place the ground game on his shoulders, and how will that turnout? And what about that bitterly disappointing Super Bowl defeat, where the Panthers went in as the favorite? Well, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who had to sit out last season with an ACL injury, returns, and that is a big boost, to say the least. This defense forced more turnovers than anybody, but they lost a real impact guy in cornerback Josh Norman. What helps them here is the lack of legit challenge in this division.
2016 NFL Betting Odds – Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons (+615 to win the division at VietBet) could conceivably provide that challenge, but their collapse after a 5-0 start last season was alarming, to say the least. Matt Ryan threw a lot of interceptions (16) but made a great connection with Julio Jones once again (for 1871 yards, in fact). However, there hasn’t been enough to distract people on the other side, and we wonder if Mohammed Sanu, signed as a free agent after spending last season with the Bengals, will be enough. What they got out of Devonta Freeman last season was tremendous, but they may need to get that again. Dan Quinn steered this defense to the point where it was at least middle-of-the-road in his first season as head coach. They need to make more progress there to be a serious contender.
2016 NFL Betting Odds – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+670 at VietBet) let Lovie Smith go in the off-season and elevated offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to the top position. This would seem in service to the development of Jameis Winston, who got off to a horrid start as a rookie but settled in to throw for more than 4000 yards, earning himself a trip to the Pro Bowl. They’ve got the makings of a “Big Three” in Tampa, with running back Doug Martin (1402 yards in 2015) and wide receiver Mike Evans. The defense isn’t so bad, and the Bucs can get some pressure on the passer. This gets stronger with the addition of defensive end Robert Ayers, who had 9.5 sacks with the Giants. He joins mainstay Gerald McCoy up front. Let’s see what Winston – said to have a high “football IQ” – can produce with a year under his belt.
2016 NFL Betting Odds – New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints (+740 to win at VietBet) are probably going to gain yards and score points, regardless of the circumstances, because they have Drew Brees at quarterback, and he can make his receivers better. One of them is tight end Coby Fleener, a former teammate of Andrew Luck who left Indianapolis. Another is second-round pick Michael Thomas out of Ohio State. But Marques Colston is no longer around. And how far can Mark Ingram carry the running game? Only one team yielded more yardage than the Saints last year. And there are a load of questions in a secondary that allowed 45 touchdown passes in 2015, although rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins should help a front seven that was 31st against the run.
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