NFL Power Rankings: Where NFC South Teams Stand Ahead of 2020 Season

Few, if any, divisions in the NFL will command a bigger amount of coverage than the NFC South this season. Tom Brady's decision to sign for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency has suddenly vaulted the franchise back into relevance—and if anyone can help the Bucs end the New Orleans Saints' domination of the division after three straight titles, it's the six-time Super Bowl champion. For their part, the Saints have arguably one of the best rosters in the league—but know time is running out to get Drew Brees a second ring.

Elsewhere, fellow veteran quarterback Matt Ryan will shoulder the Atlanta Falcons' hopes of upsetting its rivals, while the Carolina Panthers begin a rebuilding process.

Here's what to expect from the NFC South ahead of the upcoming NFL season.

All odds are courtesy of DraftKings.

New Orleans Saints

It's difficult to pick holes in the Saints' roster, which has been bolstered by the additions of key veterans like Malcolm Jenkins and Emmanuel Sanders. The flip side of the coin is that anything but winning the Super Bowl will be seen as a failure for New Orleans, which has gone 37-11 over the last three regular seasons without ever making it to the big game. With Drew Brees turning 42 just weeks before Super Bowl LV and already planning for life after retirement, the Saints' Super Bowl window won't be open for much longer—but they have all it takes to go all the way this season.

  • Odds to win the NFC South: 4/5
  • Odds to win the Super Bowl: 11/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Saints' Super Bowl window may be closing soon, and Bucs' is also open for a very limited amount of time. By luring Tom Brady away from New England, Tampa Bay pushed all its chips to the middle of the table and is firmly in win-now mode. Brady's task of learning a new offense should be made easier by the options at his disposal, which include Rob Gronkowski, who cut his retirement short after just 12 months in order to be reunited with his former Patriots' partner-in-crime. A last-minute arrival before the start of the season, Leonard Fournette, the fourth overall pick of the 2016 draft, hopes to resurrect his career after being cut by Jacksonville, while fellow running back LeSean McCoy should provide experience and depth. Brady has a far better receiving corps than he did in his last year with the Patriots, but will he be able to hold off Father Time for long enough to secure a seventh Super Bowl?

  • Odds to win the NFC South: 3/2
  • Odds to win the Super Bowl: 14/1

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons ended last season on a high after winning six of their final eight games and must pick where they left off to stand a chance of upsetting the Saints and the Bucs. With Matt Ryan under center and a total of 10 former first-round picks on offense, scoring points shouldn't be a problem for the Falcons, who ranked 13th in points-per-game and fifth in total offensive yards respectively last season. Provided he's injury-free, the addition of former Rams running back Todd Gurley should add a different dimension to Atlanta's offense, while his former teammate in Los Angeles, Dante Fowler Jr., will have to shore up a porous defense. The Falcons finished with the second-fewest sacks in the NFL last season, while Fowler had the second-highest number of sacks of any Rams players.

  • Odds to win the NFC South: 8/1
  • Odds to win the Super Bowl: 50/1

Carolina Panthers

A new era begins in Carolina, where Matt Rhule takes over as head coach after some sterling work in college football. Rhule turned Baylor's fortunes around and was an overtime loss from Oklahoma away from taking the Bears to the College Football Playoff last season, but faces an uphill task in Carolina. The Panthers have lost a host of veterans, including franchise quarterback Cam Newton, tight end Greg Olsen and linebacker Luke Kuechly. Teddy Bridgewater takes over under center, but Carolina's fortunes will rest on the shoulder of Christian McCaffrey, one of the most devastating offensive weapons in the NFL. Last season, McCaffrey became only the third player in history to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. The 24-year-old became the highest-paid running back in NFL history after signing a four-year, $64 million extension in the offseason and Rhule has already indicated he will design his offense around him.

  • Odds to win the NFC South: 22/1
  • Odds to win the Super Bowl: 125/1
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works out during training camp at AdventHealth Training Center on August 13 in Tampa, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty