The NFC South is Wide Open

After a year of setback. 2019 may be the year of opportunity in Atlanta.

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Typically the NFC South is a slug fest between Atlanta, Carolina, and New Orleans. This year the division may look completely different by year end.

Carolina is off to a rough 0-2 start and look completely out of sync. Cam Newton has lost his last eight games as a starter. Carolina has reason for concern as his accuracy looks to be at an all-time low. Just through two weeks, Newton has the highest percentage of uncatchable passes at 34.2%. For a team that appears to be lacking identity, they need a huge turnaround.

New Orleans looked like the team to beat prior to week 2. Blown out by the Los Angeles Rams, plus, they endured the loss of veteran quarterback Drew Brees who tore ligaments in his throwing hand. Brees appears to be out for at least six weeks. This is clearly a huge blow to the Saints and their production offensively. A unit that hasn’t been overly productive since Thanksgiving of last year, a loss here certainly sets them back.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be the beneficiary in all of this, perhaps the “dark horse”. They have themselves in a position to compete for the NFC South and work their way to the playoff hunt. Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers have the potential to surprise some people this year, even with a spotty Jameis Winston.

The win against Philadelphia certainly bodes well for the Atlanta Falcons. A team that has a favorable schedule, along with a hindered division sets them up well. Outside of Matt Ryan, I think we saw a closer look at who the 2019 Falcons really are. The Falcons may be on their way to an easy path to the playoffs.

 

 

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