A look at the NFC South
1. Carolina 13-3
2. Tampa Bay 10-6
3. Atlanta 9-7
4. New Orleans 6-10
Carolina, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, will look to head back that way in the 2016 season. Their tenacious defense led by LB Luke Kuechly should continue to keep opposing offenses from tally too many points. On the other side of the ball you have the reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton. He had an amazing 35-touchdown passes last year and that was without his best receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, who will look to contribute his numbers to the team’s stats. Back are WR Ted Ginn Jr and RB Jonathan Stewart who balanced the offensive attack last year.
The Tampa Bay Bucs will not sneak up on anyone this year. Seemingly under the radar, new head coach Dirk Koetter has a solid group put together, led by former Florida State standout QB Jameis Winston. Winston will have some tools at his disposal in RB Doug Martin and WRs Mike Evans, Cecil Shorts and Vincent Jackson.
What team has more up and down seasons than the Atlanta Falcons? They have stability at the QB position in nine-year vet Matt Ryan. WR Roddy White has now retired and the Falcons brought in former Cincinnati WR Mohammad Sanu to complement All Pro WR Julio Jones. RB Devonta Freeman will work to build off his 1,061-yard rushing season from last year. On the defensive side of the ball, CB Desmond Trufant and DE Adrian Clayborn will work to get the ball back in the hands of the talented offense.
New Orleans Saints will look to improve on a 2015 season where their defense gave up a NFL record 45 passing touchdowns. Veteran QB Drew Brees will need to continue to score at a prolific rate if they want to win some games this year. Helping him in that department will be TE Coby Fleener, WRs Brandin Cooks and Brandon Coleman, and RB Mark Ingram.
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