NOLA Saints have the best chance at taking NFC South from Bucs

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The NOLA Saints aren’t the favorites to win the NFC South. That distinction goes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that’s not a surprise to anyone considering they won the Super Bowl earlier this year and are 5-1 through six games.

The Bucs might be the favorites to win the division but the Saints have the best chance at giving Tampa Bay a run for their money. According to WynnBET, the Buccaneers’ odds to win the NFC South are -700 with the Saints sitting with the second-best odds at +550.

After New Orleans, the odds drop off tremendously. The Panthers — who started the season 3-0 and people thought they might be for real — have dropped their last three games and their odds to win the division reflect their skid. Carolina has +2000 odds after their recent loss, which makes their path to a division title much more difficult.

NOLA Saints the only true threat to Tampa Bay in NFC South.

New Orleans might be 3-2 through their first five games but they’re about to get some help back in the form of Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, Marcus Davenport, Wil Lutz, David Onyemata, and Kwon Alexander over the next few weeks. These guys are going to make this team better and they might be able to go toe-to-toe with the Bucs when they square off on Halloween.

Perhaps the Panthers will be taken more seriously once they get Christian McCaffrey back, but it’s clear that without him, they’re nothing more than a .500 team at best. This bodes well for the Saints, who are only going to get healthier in the coming weeks (well, hopefully, that is).

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The Buccaneers have the more talented roster, Tom Brady is somehow on pace to have one of the best seasons of his career, and the defense is still looking solid. They won’t be easy to take the division from but New Orleans could give the reigning Super Bowl champs a run for their money.