The New Orleans Saints had won four consecutive NFC South titles before the Buccaneers ended the streak last season. Despite not winning the division last year, the Saints gave Tampa a run for their money, and were it not for a Jameis Winston injury, the race to the division title would have likely been a lot closer.
WynnBET has the Bucs as a distant favorite to win the division again this year but the odds given to New Orleans are by no means disrespectful.
As of this writing, the Saints’ odds to win the NFC South are set at +450 while Tampa’s the favorite to win the division with -300 odds. Had Tom Brady remained retired, it’s likely that the Saints would have been favored to take back the division they once owned.
New Orleans Saints are Bucs’ biggest threat in NFC South
No one reading this is surprised by anything that’s been written so far.
While the Saints have had their way against the Bucs since Brady joined them (at least in the regular season), Tampa makes sense to be the favorite in the division. We all like to hate on Brady but the guy wins the games when it matters the most.
As for the rest of the division, the Panthers and Falcons both selected in the top 10 of this year’s draft after lackluster 2021 campaigns. Neither is likely to be much better in 2022 and that’s why when it comes down to someone being the biggest threat to Tampa Bay, it’s easily the Saints.
Some might be ruling out New Orleans after losing Sean Payton but this team reloaded rather than rebuilt. They’ve added some key talent this year and match up well against the Bucs on paper.
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If anyone is going to overtake the Buccaneers for the NFC South title this year, it’s the same team who won it from 2017-2020.