Share:For its first 11 years of the NFC South’s presence, starting in 2002, no branch champion had repeated. Now it has happened three times in five decades. Does the Saints do it ? The NFC South has always been a peculiar monster. Until recently, each team had that one competitor that they either possessed or couldn’t conquer. For all those of us generating NFL picks, it had been like a few of those matchups in college soccer that were so one-sided, you did not need to study the sport, simply circle the club with the advantage. That is a little less in the past few years but do not kid yourself, in this area of the country where they take college football very seriously, they do the very exact same with these four teams. Here is a peek at the most current NFL chances to win the NFC South and New Orleans is favored to be the second three-peat champion. NFC South Division – (out of 5Dimes – updated 8/17) New Orleans -148 Atlanta +370 Carolina +500 Tampa Bay +1500 The Saints have all the weapons to repeat, but the simple fact is that the quarterback play within this division is as strong as any of the eight in the league as we have seen several times that can alter the standings. But heading into a new season, we think the oddsmakers are put on and encourage their choices. 1) New Orleans Saints In a league in which players and coaches come and go with regularity, New Orleans has done what best franchises do, they stay the program. When Bountygate happened along with the Saints went 7-9 in four years, many owners would have wanted change. However, GM Mickey Loomis rebuilt New Orleans without needing to tear it to the ground and Sean Payton remained true to himself. The Saints have had REALLY bad luck in the playoffs in the last two seasons, can they catch a rest and win it all? 2) Atlanta Falcons The Falcons hold the essential employees to perform battle with New Orleans. That is not their problem. Catching or surpassing them revolves around Atlanta putting together an offensive line that may rank close to the Best 10. This means both in transferring the line of scrimmage at the run and shielding Matt Ryan when he drops back to pass. To return to the playoffs as a wild card or division champ, trainer Dan Quinn has to have a quality defense. They don’t need to be Top 5, just have the ability to stop the run, rush the passer and make turnovers because they did three years ago when they nearly won the Super Bowl. Can Atlanta clean this up? We will find out. 3) Carolina Panthers 4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers It could be a terrific story if Jameis Winston and Bruce Arians could turn in the soccer version of the movie,”Karate Kid.” This is the place where the old master carries an undisciplined kid and molds him into one of the best in his sport. But football is a team game and even if Arians could turn Winston into a Top 12 quarterback, Tampa Bay has numerous different holes to fill, it might take a few bushels of Gorilla Tape to seal all of the cracks the Buccaneers have. The Bucs will improve but they will still be cellar bound. Writer/Handicapper Doug Upstone was a registered 50-34, 59.5 percent at sports betting monitors at the NFL last season and is 15-7 the previous three years from the NFL preseason. Follow his NFL picks here at SportsBookReview.com.