By the Numbers: Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win the NFC South in ’09


Published: April 15, 2009


... has been one of the toughest divisions in football; just about every year a different team wins the division crown.

Let's take a look at the numbers from last year, upcoming schedules of the teams, and offseason moves, and see if we can shed some light on who will win the NFC South in 2009. We'll start by analysing each team, starting with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints are coming off an 8-8 campaign in which they lost a lot of close games. The Saints had the largest margin of victory in the NFC South at 15.63 pts/gm.

They also had the smallest margin of defeat at 6.88 pts/gm. The Saints were a scoring machine, averaging 28.9 pts/gm (1st in league), 410.7 yds/gm (also first), 311.1 passing yds/gm (first), and 99.6 yds rushing (28th) per game.

The Saints have already improved their defense, and if they can improve their running game will be hard to beat. They have the easiest schedule of the NFC South teams (eighth hardest schedule in the leag...

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