2014 NFC South Division Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – The Saints came up short of winning the NFC South last year but they’re currently favored to win the division in 2014.
According to oddsmakers from online sports books BetDSI, the Saints are 7/5 favorites to win the NFC South this year while the Falcons and Panthers are both 11/4, respectively. The team with the longest odds is the Buccaneers, who are 5/1 to win the NFC South crown. Carolina won the division a year ago with a 12-4 record while New Orleans finished 11-5 and went to the playoffs as a wild card team. Atlanta and Tampa Bay finished with identical 4-12 records.
The Saints also have the best odds in the division to win the 2015 Super Bowl at 18/1, while the Panthers are 28/1 and the Falcons are 25/1. The Bucs, meanwhile, are 50/1 long shots to win next season’s NFL title and 28/1 to win the NFC conference championship. New Orleans is 9/1 to win the conference, while Atlanta and Carolina are both 14/1, respectively.
The Saints have an over/under of 9.5 for number of wins in the 2014 regular season, while the Panthers and Falcons’ win totals have been set at 8.5, respectively. The Bucs once again have the longest projection at 7 wins.
Even though the Panthers won the South a year ago they could be in store for a major market correction. They completely revamped their wide receiving corps in the offseason and their secondary could be a weakness as well. Cam Newton and the running game will remain the focal point of the offense, but the O-line is a question mark.
Meanwhile, the Saints still own an explosive offense that got even more dangerous with the addition of first-round pick Brandin Cooks. Assuming Jimmy Graham’s contract situation gets settled (and it should), New Orleans will rack up plenty of wins on the strength of its offense and aggressive defense.
The Falcons and Buccaneers should both be improved from 2013 but Atlanta doesn’t have a double-digit pass rusher on the roster and Tampa Bay had a lot of turnover in both the coaching staff and roster this offseason.