NFC Betting Trends- Odds to Win the NFC South
The preparations for the start of another NFL season are underway for all 32 teams as we are only about a month away from the start of training camp. This makes it a great time to focus our attention on BetDSI’s futures odds to win each of the eight divisions in the league. Working our way through the NFC, this week’s NFL Betting Trends stops to take a closer look at the current odds for all four teams in the NFC South.
Atlanta Falcons +110
The Falcons have posted double-digit victories the last three seasons and won the South last season with the best overall record in the NFC at 13-3. With most of last year’s roster still intact, there is little reason to believe that they will not be right back at the top this season as the odds-on-favorite to win their third division title in the last four years.
One of the biggest offseason moves was the resigning of tight end Tony Gonzalez, who will most likely be playing he final season in the NFL. Atlanta’s passing attack is obviously set with players like quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, but with the departure of Michael Turner, the running game will be turned over Steven Jackson, who came over as a free agent from St. Louis.
A season of turmoil in New Orleans has fortunately come to a close with the return of head coach Sean Payton, who served a one-year suspension from the NFL for his role in a player bounty scandal. Knowing Peyton’s demeanor, you can almost guarantee that this team is going to play with a huge chip on its shoulder after last year’s 7-9 record. This should spell some major trouble for the rest of the teams in the NFC South.
Drew Brees is also back and ready to pick up from where he left off after throwing for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns as part of a passing game that was ranked first in the NFL last season. The Saints still have some issues at running back and will need to tighten-up a defense that was ranked near the bottom of the league in almost every major category last year, but you cannot help but get the feeling they are winning far more than seven games in 2013.
Carolina Panthers +540
The big question in Carolina is what direction third-year quarterback Cam Newton will head in this season. After a sensational rookie campaign, Newton fell into a sophomore slump in a big way and raised some serious concerns as to his viability as a franchise quarterback in this league. The encouraging sign is that Panthers went 7-9 last season but finished strong with four-straight wins.
The addition of free agent cornerbacks’ Drayton Florence from Detroit and DJ Moore from Chicago addressed Carolina’s needs in the secondary and the selection of two defensive tackles and a linebacker in the draft adds some needed depth to its front seven. The Panthers appear to be a team on the brink of turning things around, but they may have to wait one more season with both Atlanta and New Orleans still holding the edge in the division.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +550
Tampa Bay is another team that will look for bigger and better things from its quarterback Josh Freeman. He did follow-up a very poor 2011 with 4,065 yards passing and 27 touchdown throws, but he is still lacking that week-to-week consistency with a 54.8 percent completion rate and 17 interceptions.
The Buccaneers should be able to improve upon a pass defense that was ranked dead-last in the league last season with the addition of a veteran Darrelle Revis and first-round draft pick Johnthan Banks at cornerback. They also added three lineman in the draft to address a defense that was ranked 29th overall. Nonetheless, Tampa will still need a lot of things to go right in order to climb out of the basement in the division this season.
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