- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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We’re going to roll out our season previews and predictions shortly.
But, as we wait for that, let’s talk about NFC South history. For the longest time, we had a trend of teams going from worst to first in the division. It happened with Carolina in 2003 and Atlanta in 2004. Tampa Bay did it in 2005 and New Orleans did it in 2006.
The Bucs did it again in 2007 and the trend was broken in 2008, although Atlanta did go from last to second in the division that season. In 2009, the Saints went from worst to first and then went on to win the Super Bowl.
Since then, the trend has stopped in the division. But there might be a little hope for the Bucs, who went 4-12 last season, this year. Elsewhere in the league, teams have shown the worst-to-first trend isn’t done.
The Chiefs did it in 2010. The Broncos and Texans did it last season. In the last 11 seasons, 18 teams have gone from worst to first.