2022 Division Preview: NFC South

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NFC East (and Introduction)

NFC North

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Tampa Bay isn’t all that great, but they’re still heads and shoulders above the rest of their division, so they’re the easy choice to win it again. That’s the power of having Tom Brady on your team.

2. New Orleans Saints

 

The Saints managed to still have a winning record last year despite losing a bunch of talent. But because of the cap shenanigans they did to make the team a contender with Brees they’re continuing to shed quality players (and now even their coach). They probably won’t be terrible, but they also are unlikely to make the playoffs.

3. Carolina Panthers

 

I tried to tell everybody that Sam Darnold sucks, but did the Panthers listen? As of this writing he’s still their starting quarterback, but there are a lot of rumors about them bringing in Baker Mayfield, who should be a major upgrade when healthy

4. Atlanta Falcons

 

After the Matt Ryan trade, I was expecting to have the Falcons as the worst team in the NFL, but after looking at them a little closer, I don’t know if that will be the case. On the one hand, their Pythagorean record is way worse than their actual record, and they did lose Ryan on top of that, but Mariota isn’t the worst quarterback in the world. Plus, if Drake London lives up to his potential as the top wide receiver in an incredibly deep wide receiver class, they will have a great duo in London and Pitts.

 

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Big Chief
Big Chief
06/21/2022 10:29 am

Calling Williams to Mathieu a decline doesn’t seem right. Williams has never even been a pro-bowler while Mathieu was a first team all-Pro in 2019 and 2020, and a pro-bowler in 2021. Mathieu may be on the decline, but it’s hard to see that he would be a step down from Williams unless he falls off a cliff this season.

BleedingRedAndGold
06/20/2022 4:42 pm
upamtn
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06/21/2022 2:09 pm

LOL … more like too leniently

upamtn
06/20/2022 12:00 pm

will be semi-interesting to see if Gronk returns to the Bucs … not much to argue with here, good stuff, Tony (appreciate this series of articles)

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