The Carolina Panthers may have come up short in their quest to win Super Bowl 50 this past February, but Cam Newton and company look like an absolute NFL betting odds lock selection against their 2016 regular season win total odds. Not only that, but the Super Bowl hopeful New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are also facing what I believe are very manageable (and identical) 2016 regular season win total odds. Now, let’s find out if the Panthers, Saints and Falcons will all play over or under their respective 2016 win total odds.
Early 2016 NFC South Division NFL Odds Predictions
Carolina Panthers (10.5)
After recording a nearly perfect 15-1 record during the 2015 NFL regular season, the Carolina Panthers have been ‘gifted’ relatively low Win Total odds for 2016, making their upcoming campaign a lock selection if you ask me. Sure, the Panthers idiotically parted ways with all-word cornerback Josh Norman, but they’ll still have a formidable defense under Ron Rivera in 2016 and they still have Cam Newton, who, I remind you, is still a special player despite his underwhelming Super Bowl 50 performance.
I’ve got Carolina losing road games against Seattle and potentially, either New Orleans or Atlanta, simply because they’re division rivals, giving the Panthers two road losses. I also have Cam Newton and company losing home dates against Arizona and Kansas City, giving them just four losses and potentially five at most. Either way, Carolina finishes with at least 11 wins to record an easy OVER against their 2016 win total odds.
The Pick: Carolina 12-4/Over
Atlanta Falcons (7.0)
The Falcons (8-8) got off to an incredible 5-0 start last season that had everyone believing they could turn into something special in the first year of the head coach Dan Quinn Era. Unfortunately, the Falcons went belly up shortly thereafter before finishing with a disappointing 8-8 record. Still, Atlanta looks like another near-lock selection against their 2016 win total odds. Here’s why.
I have Matt Ryan and company losing home games against Carolina, Green Bay, Arizona and Kansas City and road games against New Orleans, Denver, Seattle, Philadelphia and Carolina to finish with seven wins and a PUSH against their 2016 win total odds. However, I will admit that I guess it’s possible the Falcons could record either six or eight wins as well. It’s going to be that close for Atlanta.
The Pick: Atlanta 7-9/Push
New Orleans Saints (7.0)
The Saints (7-9) are apparently mired in a perpetual state of mediocrity that seemingly isn’t going to get better thanks to the team’s well-known salary cap problems. New Orleans is thin on top-level talent on both sides of the ball meaning 2016 will be the Drew Brees show once again. Can the Saints reach eight wins this coming season, or will they take an even bigger pounding than they did in 2015?
I’ve got Drew Brees and company losing home games against Carolina and Seattle and road games against Carolina, Kansas City, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Arizona and Atlanta to finish at 8-8 and narrowly OVER their 2016 win total odds.
The Pick: New Orleans 8-8/Over
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6.5)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) foolishly fired Lovie Smith after just two seasons and now they’re looking to improve under a rookie head coach in 2016. I guess it’s possible, but I’m a big Smith fan and I believe his unjustified firing will eventually cost the Bucs at some point this coming season. Let’s find out.
I’ve got Jameis Winston and company losing road dates against Atlanta, Arizona, Carolina, San Francisco, Kansas City, Dallas and New Orleans while also dropping home games against Denver and Seattle to finish with seven wins and just Over their 2016 win total odds.
The Pick: Tampa Bay 7-9/Over