Dec 28, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence (97) defends New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans: 10-6
Tampa Bay: 5-11
I’m banking on Drew Brees and company to rebound this year, because if not, this division is going to be just as bad next season. A lot of people made fun of the Jimmy Graham trade earlier in the offseason, but in my mind, the Saints won that trade. They got a quality center from Seattle, and a rookie linebacker that will serve as a much needed infusion of talent in that front seven. Add in the additions of Brandon Browner and rookie P.J. Williams (corner from FSU), and I think this team will rebound enough to win the division. I’m counting on Drew Brees and that offense to go back to dominating in the dome, especially with an offensive line that might just be able to protect their quarterback this year.
Carolina has a great front seven, but once again, lack of offensive weapons outside of Kelvin Benjamin, and a secondary that will get exposed against good quarterbacks. Atlanta’s defense and offensive line isn’t where it needs to be to contend, and Tampa is still in rebuild mode.
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