Saints (11-5), Falcons (11-5), Buccaneers (7-9), Panthers (7-9)
Sean Payton being back automatically make New Orleans a contender, and the additions of Rob Ryan and Kenny Vaccarro to help out that defense will go far. Drew Brees will be Drew Brees. Jimmy Graham is one of the best tight ends in the league. All I can say is the Saints are back. Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez and the Falcons got their first taste of playoff wins in the Matt Ryan era.
That team’s offense is really good and has the best receiving corps in the league with Julio Jones, Roddy White and the legend Tony Gonzalez. Steven Jackson should make the running game more relevant, which will relieve some of the pressure on the passing game. The Buccaneers have added Dashon Goldson and Darelle Revis, which could make that secondary one of the best in the NFC. Doug Martin is already one of the best RBs in the league. Their problem is at the biggest position on the field is at QB.
Josh Freeman is highly inconsistent. The very life of the Bucs depends on this guy. Will he be able to step it up? Or will rookie Mike Glennon have the starting job by the year’s end? The Panthers didn’t do much to improve upon last season. Cam Newton will have a great season, but he can only go so far.