Full NFC South 2016 Preview
By James Yarcho
Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In a showdown of what could be the future faces of the NFL, we have Derek Carr and Amari Cooper facing off against Jameis Winston and Mike Evans. These very well could be the two best one-two punches in the league for the next five-plus years. It’s a back and forth game that ends up coming down to the wire. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, it’s not the kicker they took high in the draft with the chance to win it – it’s one taken even higher by the Raiders.
Raiders 23 Buccaneers 21
Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints
The first of two trip by the Seahawks to the homes of NFC South teams, the Hawks enter the stadium that put the most fear into opponent’s hearts until the rise of the “12th Man”. For Seattle, it’s easy pickings. The Saints defense can’t hold up the way Seattle’s does, allowing the Seahawks to steal a big rod win.
Seahawks 27 Saints 17
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
You know those weeks where you pick up every player from one team off your fantasy waiver wire to play the matchup? This is that game. Get all the Packers. It’ll be a blowout in the Georgia Dome where Aaron Rodgers puts on a clinic for the Falcons’ faithful in attendance and there is a possibility we won’t see the Packers punt once. Falcons are just relieved when this one hits zero.
Packers 41 Falcons 14
Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
In a rematch of the teams who fought to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50, the Cardinals again make the trip to Charlotte to take on the Panthers. Carson Palmer – who will be having an MVP caliber season to this point – will have flashbacks to January 24th where he completes as many passes to the Panthers as he does his own receivers. The Panthers get him on the ground early and often, taking Palmer out of his own game and making him look foolish all afternoon. Panthers cruise to get back on track.
Panthers 38 Cardinals 17
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