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Big D's NFC South Breakdown

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by Big D, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Big D

    Big D Walk On

    Oct 8, 2009
    Big D's Season Preview: NFC South Breakdown

    *In predicted order of finish*

    New Orleans Saints (14-2)

    Strength: We forget that Drew Brees is still relatively 'young' compared to the Mannings and Bradys of the league. Only 32 years old, Brees is looking like he is again in MVP form with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions through the first couple of weeks. If he continues to play like this, not many teams will have a chance to beat New Orleans.

    Weakness: Other than Vilma, the linebacking coprs is pretty underwhelming. They have a couple of great young guys at OLB, but they still need developing. Any injury to Vilma and this group will be severely undermanned.

    Deciding Factor: They've been the team to beat in this division now for a few years and we continue to see it being that way this season.

    Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

    Strength: That receiving corps has got to be a nightmare for opposing coordinators. They have speed, but they can also fight in the middle of the field with their strength. It is going to be interesting to see how they scheme with this group, as pretty much the entire playbook should be open this year.

    Weakness: Usually you overlook special teams, but not when they are this bad. Their punter is a rookie from Miami that probably shouldn't even be in The League. They have an inconsistent kicker in Matt Bryant. Plus their return guys won't scare anyone.

    Deciding Factor: Coach biggcoug65 has a nice resume as an assistant head coach at other teams around The League (see sub wins), and we think that experience will translate into a lot of wins with this franchise.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10)

    Strength: Josh Freeman is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Actually, he may be the best young guy not named Rodgers. So just how is he so ofter overlooked? He will be a star in The League for many years.

    Weakness: The defensive line is absolutely atrocious. They decided to get younger and develop talent, and of course you do have Gerald McCoy to build around. But don't expect any steady pass rush out of this group.

    Deciding Factor: A vast lack of defensive talent is going to hurt them against the powerhouse offenses in their division they'll face in Atlanta and New Orleans. The Bucs are a few years away from seriously contending for a division title.

    Carolina Panthers (3-13)

    Strength: As it has been for a few years now, they probably have the best 1-2 running back tandem in football. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams provide a fierce contrast of styles that is very hard to prepare for. If Cam Newton can be just efficient enough, he'll keep defenses honest and open up even more holes for this young duo.

    Weakness: The cornerback position is a huge issue. Chris Gamble is good, but he's not a star that can lock down the best guys in the league. Other than him, they throw out the weak sisters of the poor to compete with the high flying Falcons and Saints. Not good.

    Deciding Factor: Once this team actually gets an owner, it'll be fun to watch them develop. Until that happens it'll be ugly in Carolina.

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