NFC South Preview in order of finish:
New Orleans Saints (win total 10.5)
New Orleans gets a pretty favorable schedule this year. A Favorable schedule could add up to home field throughout the playoffs. And we all know how hard it is to go to the Superdome to beat the Saints. The Saints should continue to hum along. The combination of Brees and Sean Payton is top 2 or 3 in the league. They will score as they always do. The questions always surround the defense. If they continue to improve under Rob Ryan, they will compete for the NFC title. With the schedule, 11 or 12 wins is in sights.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (win total 7.5)
This is one of my favorite total selections. I think Tampa will go over the win total and be vastly improved from last year. They ran into some bad luck last year and MRSA yes MRSA. They welcome new coach Lovie Smith in to the fold. Smith has good career record but just could not win the big one in Chicago. They hope to have Doug Martin healthy for the entire season after missing most of 2013. I believe the Bucs will be much improved and compete for a wild card.
Shoutout to the Mayor of Murrells Inlet- “The bucs, the bucs, the mighty mighty bucs”
Atlanta Falcons (win total 8.5)
I have disliked this team for years. I hate to root against local boy Matt Ryan but until Arthur Blank rids himself of Mike Smith who is so far over his head this is an 8-8 team at best. Seeing Mike Smith on Hard Knocks, proves everything I ever thought about him. The schedule and coach is to much for Matt Ryan to overcome.
Carolina Panthers (win total 7.5)
Ron Rivera almost punched his ticket out of town. He did a complete 180 and became Riverboat Ron and everyone fell in love with him. They caught many breaks and luck along the way last year. The luck will not carry over to 2014. Cam Newton may have taken a step forward last year but without a reliable wide receiver in his stable his growth will be stunted. Luke Kuechley will anchor a very good defense which will keep them in games but Riverboat Ron runs out of luck in 2014 and the Panthers struggle to 6-10