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Volatile Panthers Have Legit Shot at Winning NFC South

The Panthers fired their head coach and traded away their superstar running back. So naturally, the 5-8 Carolina Panthers have a legitimate shot to win the NFC South with the Buccaneers in shambles. Trey Wingo explains how the Panthers can pull off the improbable.

 

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Falcons Have a Shot to Upend Shaky Bucs for NFC South Title

The Buccaneers, Falcons, Saints and Panthers all sit below .500 as we conclude Week 9. The Buccaneers were heavily favored to win the division heading into the season but are currently tied with the Falcons for the division lead at 4-5. Despite the Bucs week 9 win, they still show plenty of issues that could result in them losing the division to the Falcons who have established one the league’s most potent rushing attacks.

2022 NFL Division Winner Predictions

2022 NFL Division Winner Predictions
We asked our talent at The 33rd Team—eight former players, eight former NFL head coaches and a former general manager—to fill out a ballot and make their predictions for each division winner in a season of much intrigue. This is how our analysts think it could play out. >> Other Predictions: Individual Awards | Super […]

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Will Tom Brady Lead the Bucs to Another NFC South Title?

In my opinion, the NFC South isn’t a fair fight. The Buccaneers are the clear front-runners.

Tom Brady had a ridiculous season again last year. He led the NFL in completions, passing yards, passing attempts and passing touchdowns while finishing  second in MVP voting to Aaron Rodgers. He’s still playing at a high level, he’s still enjoying the process and he’s having fun. Oh, and by the way, just look around the division — he’s the only starting quarterback with a career-winning percentage above .500 (243-73).

Look at what Atlanta is doing now. They are moving on from Matt Ryan and brought in Marcus Mariota. He’s really a stopgap guy until they can get their third-round pick, Desmond Ridder, up to speed. You look at Mariota’s record as a starting quarterback, and it’s just 29-32.

Then, you look at the situation in Carolina. Matt Rhule is on the hot seat. They’ve got to get this thing figured out. The first year he was there it was Teddy Bridgewater, last year they rolled with Sam Darnold, and this year it looks like it’s going to be Baker Mayfield. Mayfield just got into the building five weeks ago, so he’s getting caught up trying to learn this offense. And oh, by the way, he had shoulder surgery in the offseason. He had a very lackluster year for the Browns, and his overall record as a starter is 29-30.

Finally, you look at the New Orleans Saints with Jameis Winston and new coach Dennis Allen. Sean Payton is no dummy. When Drew Brees stepped away from the game, and he had to play with three or four different quarterbacks last year, I think it took its toll on Payton. He took a pass on moving forward with Winston. I think he’d rather go coach Dak Prescott for the Dallas Cowboys, but that is a story for another day.

You look at Winston, and he’s a guy that has always struggled taking care of the football in critical situations. In his last year as a starter with the Buccaneers, he led the league with 30 interceptions. That continues to be a problem, and his win-loss record is 33-44.

No wonder Brady is coming back for his 23rd season.

NFL Division Rankings Heading into 2022

NFL Division Rankings Heading into 2022
With training camp approaching rapidly, the 2022 NFL season is nearly among us. Each division brings a unique combination of teams with varying levels of intrigue. Below, the eight NFL divisions have been ranked, primarily based on the following criteria: the strength of the projected top teams, the vulnerability of the projected bottom teams, and […]

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Targets Retained: NFC South

Targets Retained: NFC South
Coming off a Super Bowl victory, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers understandably focused on bringing as many players back as they could afford, while the other three teams in the NFC South focused on retooling in an effort to challenge the Bucs for divisional supremacy. Tom Brady and Matt Ryan are the two returning QBs in […]

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Snaps Lost: NFC South

Snaps Lost: NFC South
The NFC South figures to be one of the most exciting divisions in football next year, from the Buccaneers’ attempt to repeat as Super Bowl champions to the Saints’ attempt to replace Drew Brees in New Orleans. We could see future franchise quarterbacks drafted in Atlanta and Carolina, making this a particularly pivotal offseason for […]

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