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My Observations Of The Nfc South Through Three Games


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I'll start with the winners of the NFC South the previous year. First on the list...

Carolina Panthers - Watching the last few Carolina Panthers games, I wonder if Greg Hardy is not just a product of a very good front seven. It seems anyone they plug into the role as RDE seems to get pressure. The secondary is definitely a weakness, however. I think that quick pass plays can expose the secondary of the Panthers. Cam Newton is not a good passer. Don't be fooled by his outstanding rookie year. It also doesn't help that he has no weapons whatsoever at the receiver position. The Panthers have good running backs, but how long will they stay healthy? My prediction? 7-9.

New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees will Drew Brees. Still, he isn't getting any younger, and that offensive line is starting to truly be offensive. They spent a lot of money to bring Jairus Byrd in to play opposite of Kenny Vaccaro. But so far, Byrd looks like a major free agent flop. It may just be that he is getting used to playing with new teammates, or it may be that Byrd is one of the most overhyped free agents since Albert Haynesworth. Or a third option, which seems to be a trend, is that Rob Ryans defenses are only good in the first year. Time will tell, but until I see better results, I see the Saints trending downward. It really doesn't help that they got rid of their best offensive weapon other than Jimmy Graham, who probably doesn't even want to be there since the Saints front office dicked him harder than a gangbang porn star. My prediction? 9-7.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - This was supposed to be one of the surprise teams of 2014. Revamped, retooled, and a new head coach going back to his roots. Lovie Smith may be in for a season that he would have never expected from a team that had such high expectations going into the new NFL season. After a 56-14 throttling by the most recent cellar dwellars of the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons, one has to wonder if Lovie should have stayed retired as a head coach. And even in mop up duty, Glennon didn't fair much better than incumbent McCown against a defense that seemed to be playing with a purpose on national television. I'm not sure the season can get much worse for the Bucs, but this is the NFL. My prediction? 2-14 and the first overall pick of the NFL Draft.

Atlanta Falcons - Coming off a 4-12 season where everything that could have went wrong, did, I can only see major improvement from the Atlanta Falcons. I still see a little bit of Jeckyl and Hyde from Atlanta, but if they can channel even half of the inspired football they played against Tampa Bay on Thursday night, they might be able to get something going. There are still a lot of pieces of the puzzle that need to fall in place for Atlanta to have a successful season. Still, they may just field the best offensive team in the NFL. Weapons are aplenty in Atlanta on the offensive side of the ball. The defense looked much better, and so far, their only loss was to a team that may just be the best in the AFC, if not the NFL. It also seems to be that this team thrives on being the underdog. My prediction? 12-4 and a first round bye.

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i still say we will be 10-6 with a wild card birth, we just dont play with the same attitude on the road that we do at home.

we won't beat the Bucs 56-14 in Tampa and I wouldn't be surprised if we lose that game to be honest but if we can beat all of our division rivals at home and even chalk the lions up as a "home" loss then we can still afford to lose another home game and go 6-2 (really 6-1) at home.

we will be 4-4 on the road in my opinion but it's important we at least go 6-2 at home and 4-4 on the road. We really need to go 6-1 at the dome this year and i do think that detroit is beatable and we could very well go 11-5.

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I think 10-6 will good enough to win the south, saints are not going to do better than 10-6 this year. If atlanta goes 10-6 too, we will probably have the div/nfc tie breaker. and saints won't make the playoffs.I think if ATL gets it together on the road we could go 11-5 or better. D will improve each week, Who ever said we won't beat the bucs on the road is high as ****. excluding last year we own the panthers...I think we sweep them. and even beat the aint's in their house. Karma is a biotch. to me imho it all comes down to this....Can we take are home play on the road, outside our Div?

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I don't know about both of us making it.

I still expect The NFC West to field two, and North has three playoff-caliber rosters.

I dare you to name one NFC North team that would get into the playoffs besides the division winner. The only reason one will, is because someone will inevitably win the division with a 7-9 record a la Seattle in the NFC West three years ago.

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I don't know about both of us making it.

I still expect The NFC West to field two, and North has three playoff-caliber rosters.

Nah the Packers are on the decline and have been for a while. Rodgers has no talent around him outside of Nelson + Lacy. His OL is also in shambles. The Bears have Cutler at QB and their D is suspect. Lions should win the division unless they pull some pathetic meltdown like last season.

As for the NFC South...

The Falcons will be in a number of shootouts. We should have a great home record and probably a .500 or better road record. I believe the second game against the Taints will decide the division winner. We can win one playoff game but only at home. I don't like our chances outside of Atlanta. We do not have a SB team, but we can make the postseason.

The Taints are kind of the same, but I think our offense is a bit more dynamic and explosive. The Aints no doubt have the better defense, mainly because Gallete and Jordan are way better than Osi and Kroy. Unfortunately the Aints have put themselves in a sticky situation. All the money they spent means they are in win now mode, but it seems like they put themselves in cap **** for no reason. Byrd looks pedestrian, and Jimmy Graham hasn't been lightning it up as expected. They certainly don't look like a SB team, but they can make the playoffs.

Panthers have a good front seven, but gap discipline is bad and their secondary is even worse. They can be run on, and if they can't get pressure on a QB they can be thrown on. But it's not as simple as I made it out to be. Their defense is still strong and it's obviously still the strength of that team. Cam is the same. He hasn't shown much development but I'm sure that's coaching. His fundamentals are still bad. I think he'd do better if he went to a team with a good OC and QB Coach, but in CAR, he won't see much improvement. Benjamin is looking really good, but he's their only WR worth a dayum to be honest. They look like a middle of the road team.

The Bucs..............yeah. Lovie is dumb to start McCown over Glennon. Glennon would have beaten the Rams and the Panthers in my opinion. He looked good as a rookie 19 TDS/9 INTs I believe, but Lovie decided to bring in a career backup QB to start just because of a few good games in Chicago, even though it was CLEARLY because of the system Trestman ran. This team is hopeless from top to bottom and it's hilarious.

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Panthers: When Cam is effective and the running game can get going they are hard to beat. However like last night vs the Steelers when the run game is lacking and Cam has to shoulder the load they struggle heavily. Kelvin Benjamin looks to be the real deal and overall their WR/TE core really isnt as bad as some made it out to be. Defensively, They don't look the same without Greg Hardy. The steelers gashed them for 265 rushing yards in their own stadium. Their secondary is a joke as we knew since the offseason. 8-8 at worst, 11-5 at best.

Saints: Drew Brees is going to do his thing. Their system always seems to find a way to produce in the running game with some questionable backs. When Mark Ingram comes back that run game is nasty. Jimmy Graham is still unstoppable. Defensively they have not found a way to make it happen. Missed tackles, lack of pressure from their front, LBs terrible in coverage, and they aren't getting enough turnovers. 8-8 at worst, 11-5 at best

Falcons: Matt Ryan is stepping up but you have to question the offense outside of the dome. Was that simply a testiment of how good the Bengals Defense is or was that a sign of things to come? Running game has been surprinsly decent with the 4 back system and Toilolo has been a nice surprise both in the blocking and recieving game. Defense still looks to be struggling but the emergence of Corey Peters seemed to help last week. That could be simply because we were playing a dumpster fire known as the Bucs. Time well tell if this Defense is good enough to get this team to the playoffs or not. 8-8 at worst, 11-5 at best

Bucs: They suck. 0-16 at worst, 3-13 at best

BottomLine: this division is anyones. Well...Except the Bucs.

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if cleveland can beat you, GB can beat you. yeah they do have enough firepower, but its still a tough stretch for them considering they already have 2 losses

I guess you haven't watched GB or even Cleavland. Cleavland should have beaten the Ravens. GB this year is struggling big time, Cleavland can beat GB.

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I like the topic...

Carolina: What struck me about watching them last night was how unhealthy Cam Newton looked. Never seen him look more gimpy. And that offense needs him to not only be healthy, but to be the multi-dimensional threat he's shown himself to be thus far in his career. I don't know what the odds are of him being able to get healthy this season, given that it's week 3 and he's already hobbled (plus he sat 1 game), I get the sense that this will be a theme all year. Without Hardy, and a healthy Newton, tough seeing this team as better than 8-8.

New Orleans: They seem intent on establishing themselves as a more physical offense. Their pass:run ratio is at 58/42, which for the Saints is downright slowing the ball down. They got an easy mark on the Peterson-less Vikings at home and doubled up by getting Bridgewater in relief. And yet, 20-9 seemed underwhelming. Certainly the Vikings are improved on D, but I get the sense that this offense is trying to change it's stripes a bit and hasn't quite found it's rhythm. The D looked a skooch better, but what they do in DAL next week will tell whether they are finding their footing or that last year was a mirage.

Tampa: You feel somewhat a sense of vindication as people liked jumping on this bandwagon last month only to see them crumble. I was always puzzled by their insistence on not at least allowing Glennon to compete for the starting job as I thought he showed pretty good for a 3rd round rookie. Would he have turned into Nick Foles...probably not, but I don't think it speaks well to the new regime that their hand picked QB looked awful in his 2.5 games while healthy. Already, you have questions on the direction of this franchise.

I think it's too early to say, but I'd be surprised if this division didn't come down to us and New Orleans. I also think that 10-6 could win the division which would be a departure from previous season for the NFC South. Perhaps I think that every year and then a team goes 12-4/13-3...but I don't see one of us hitting those marks this season. If CAR can get healthy, they're capable of making a late season push, or at least make things interesting and the fact that we don't get them until two months from now is a bit unsettling. I'd prefer to get them now. But all in all, the Falcons have started to clear a path to a division title while having one cleared for them.

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To those who dont think we can win he superbowl.

Its not normally about the defense that has been steadily the best but sometimes it is like the seahwaks. But most of the time its by the team whos defense improves the most going into the playoffs.. our uys are young and have potential.

while the OP was very optimistic i don't think anyone mentioned a super bowl appearance here but you.

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I guess you haven't watched GB or even Cleavland. Cleavland should have beaten the Ravens. GB this year is struggling big time, Cleavland can beat GB.

yep i have seen every game played this season, at least 5 times each...I have rewind.....if cleveland can beat you, Green bay can beat you....gb is struggling but so is cleveland....its the NFL, of coarse cleveland can beat GB just like miami can beat New england or any team CAN beat another NFL team...but I'm talking about what has actually happened...the saints lost to the cleveland browns...you don't get a pass on any team when that happens the saints could very well go .500 in that stretch if they lose 4 of those games, they don't make the playoffs....6 losses won't get you in unless you win your division
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yep i have seen every game played this season, at least 5 times each...I have rewind.....if cleveland can beat you, Green bay can beat you....gb is struggling but so is cleveland....its the NFL, of coarse cleveland can beat GB just like miami can beat New england or any team CAN beat another NFL team...but I'm talking about what has actually happened...the saints lost to the cleveland browns...you don't get a pass on any team when that happens the saints could very well go .500 in that stretch if they lose 4 of those games, they don't make the playoffs....6 losses won't get you in unless you win your division

I contradicts your own statement of Saints playing tough teams like BAL and GB. BAL is struggling too. Don't sleep or discount Aints, they are one of the top dogs in NFC South.

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