It is very tough to go from a really poor season to a big winning one over the course of a single offseason, but it can be done. Even before the draft rolled around, it was clear which teams were fully invested in making a big leap this coming season. Perhaps the most active of all teams this offseason was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they look to make an upward move in the NFC South, which has been ruled by the New Orleans Saints over the past couple of seasons. The Falcons are also looking to get back to the top, while the Carolina Panthers are in full rebuild mode. Let’s take a closer look at all 4 teams in the NFC South and their NFL odds to win it this season.
NFC South Divisional Odds After 2020 Draft
New Orleans Saints
- NFC South Divisional Odds: +105
Top to bottom, you could reasonably argue that the New Orleans Saints are one of the most complete teams in the league. They have been close the last couple of seasons, ending the regular season at 13-3, but they have been unable to take that final step to the Super Bowl. They had some concerns this offseason, with QB Drew Brees contemplating retirement. Brees will be back, which means that the Saints really have very few needs right now. They only had 4 picks in the draft, so it will basically be the team that we saw last year that starts this season, which is a good thing.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- NFC South Divisional Odds: +130
The Buccaneers made some serious waves in the NFL when they won the race to land free agent Tom Brady. It was a huge move for this team, but they were not done yet, as they also went out and landed TE Rob Gronkowski right before the draft. Both players are great signings, but the reality is that the Bucs have a very small window of opportunity with them on the team. They did draft really well, though, and picked up a few players who will be able to start and contribute right away. They need to be considered a good bet to win the division.
- NFC South Divisional Odds: +700
You hate to talk about a coach getting fired before the season even begins, but it is very clear that Dan Quinn is entering this season on the hot seat. He may not have been in a job had the Falcons not ended the season strong, winning the final 4 games of the year to finish at 7-9. There were some rumors that the Falcons were going to swing a big trade at the draft, but that never materialized. They had a solid 3 days at the draft, but they did not really land any “wow” type of players. They definitely need to be considered a longshot in this division.
- NFC South Divisional Odds: +1800
The Panthers have rid themselves of some players who have been around for a while, with Cam Newton and Greg Olsen at the top of the list. That, as well as a few other moves, indicate that the Panthers are looking to rebuild. The Panthers finished at the bottom of the division with a 5-11 record last season, and they figure to perhaps be even worse this season. The Panthers did have a good draft, but they are still a long way off from competing.