Shark Handicapping NFC South Preview

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The best sports handicappers offer insight to the NFC South. Of course the center of media attention in the division is the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, which will certainly affect life on the field. Read on to see a more detailed preview for all NFC South teams.


New Orleans Saints - Projected record: 12-4


Drew Brees may not be the America’s favorite quarterback, but fortunately, winning games is not determined by popularity. The simple fact is the man creates offense, completes passes, and puts points on the board. Keep in mind that the Saints will continue to run Payton’s offensive style. The same cannot be said for their defensive style with Steve Spagnuolo at the helm. There is no reason to say this will have a negative impact on the team defense, which ranked 24th during 2011. Questions will surround the Saints defense in the absence of Jonathan Vilma (suspended for season), and DE Will Smith (4 game suspension). Expect the Saints to take a “win with offense” approach this year.


Carolina Panthers – Projected Record 9-7


Look for the Panthers to make an exciting run and be in the playoff mix this year. Cam Newton needs no introduction; this could very well be his solidifying year, after totaling almost 5,000 yards, along with 35 touchdowns during 2011. The future of the Carolina Panthers looks to be promising. Defensively, they will certainly be better, but the question is, how much better? Jon Beason will be returning in 2012 after being sidelined with injury during 2011, Beason is only one of five starters who will be returning from injuries during the 2012 season. The key for the Panthers will be their ability to close out games.


Atlanta Falcons - Projected Record 10-6


Head coach Mike Smith looks to lead his Falcons back to the playoffs, along with the help of QB Matt Ryan. The Falcons are not necessarily a jump off the page type of team, nothing will pop out and grab your attention immediately. They are, however, a very well rounded team, with a good defense. Having Michael Turner on the offensive side of the ball doesn’t hurt either. The biggest question surrounding the Falcons will be if they do indeed make the playoffs. What will they do when they get there?


Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Projected Record 6-10


After an enormous 10 game free fall during the 2011 season, it was time for a changing of the guard. Raheem  Morris was replaced by Greg Schiano, but that wasn’t the only move the Bucs made during the off season. In fact, Vincent Jackson WR, and Dallas Clark TE, will be new targets for Josh Freeman, who is looking to improve after his 2011 sub-par performance. Both Freeman and Schiano have something to prove, look for the Bucs to improve on last year’s less than stellar performance.



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