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NFC SOUTH PREDICTIONS – WEEK 13 TO 17

Rather than take each team on its own, I have decided to split the season into 4 sections and used previous match-ups and momentum as a factor in trying to predict each teams result for that particular week.

Week 13

Kansas City Chiefs v Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons remain rooted to the bottom of the NFC South after a home defeat by the Chiefs who are still in the running to secure the number one seeding in the AFC.

Result – Falcons loss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Diego Chargers

The Bucs return to the scene of Super Bowl XXXVII however memories of their Super Bowl triumph in San Diego are quickly forgotten as the Chargers inflict what could possibly be a fatal blow in the Bucs’ hopes of a return to the play-offs.

Result – Buccaneers loss

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints

Both of these teams play-offs aspirations disappeared before this match-up however it’s the Saints who prevail due to their scoring ability on Offense.

Result – Saints win

Carolina Panthers v Seattle Seahawks

The Panthers may have stopped the Chiefs in their tracks last week, however, the Seahawks prove to strong in Seattle as their is no repeat of the defensive mix up which left Greg Olsen free to score the winner in 2015.

Result – Panthers Loss

Week 14

San Diego Chargers v Carolina Panthers

The Bucs, hoping that the Chargers carry in their recent form against the Panthers, are left disappointed as Carolina bounce back from their defeat in Seattle for a win which leaves them on the verge of clinching their 4th straight divisional title.

Result – Panthers Win

New Orlean Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Memories of the Saints inflicting a painful home loss on the Bucs when Tampa were in the mix for a play-off spot in 2015 are put to bed as the Bucs keep up their impressive division record in 2016.

Result – Bucs Win

Atlanta Falcons v Los Angeles Rams

The Rams keep up their impressive home record by defeating the Falcons. Again, it’s the Rams D which comes up trumps. 

Result – Falcons loss

Week 15

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Dallas Cowboys

Almost 10 years to the day of their last win in Dallas, an inspired performance from Jameis Winston gives the Bucs their first ever win in the Jerry Dome.

Result – Buccaneers win

New Orleans Saints v Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are neck and neck with the Seahawks at the top of the NFC South and a relatively comfortable win at home against the Saints sees them maintain the fight at the top of their division.

Result – Saints loss
San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons get back to winning ways against the 49ers who, under Chip Kelly, are having a season to forget.

Result – Falcons win

Carolina Panthers v Washington Redskins

The Panthers end the divisional hopes of the Redskins at Fed-Ex Field. Just don’t ask Kirk Cousins as he did not like that.

Result – Panthers win

Week 16

Atlanta Falcons v Carolina Panthers
No repeat of the Falcons shock early season win over the Panthers as Carolina secure their 4th divisional title in a row

Result – Panthers win
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints
For the first time in over 9 years, the Bucs claim a double of the Saints with a win at the Ray Jay to keep their outside hopes of a play-off flickering going in OT the last week of the season.

Result – Buccaneers win

Week 17

Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs play-offs were dependant upon results elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Panthers win in Tampa results in the Bucs 10th straight season without any play-off games, however, finishing the season with a winning record for the first time since 2010, the future is looking good for the Buccaneers.
Result – Panthers win

New Orleans Saints v Atlanta Falcons

In a difficult season, the Falcons close the curtain on the Georgia Dome with an uninspiring performance against the Saints who finish the season with a win and enter the close season with their priority being to upgrade their D.

Result – Saints win

Final Division Standings

Carolina Panthers 12-4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6
New Orleans Saints 6-10
Atlanta Falcons 4-12

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