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Charles Johnson can lead a defensive revival in Carolina
The competition to join the Saints as NFC South playoff representatives will be fierce, but the Carolina Panthers are primed to be the leading candidates.
With Cam Newton under center, the offense simply has too many weapons for most teams to handle.
However, the defense is a different story. The pressure is on head coach Ron Rivera and coordinator Sean McDermott to craft a unit that won't undermine Newton and company.
The talent is there, particularly in the form of playmaking duo Charles Johnson and James Anderson.
Top draft pick Luke Kuechly will join Anderson and Jon Beason to form a formidable set of linebackers. However, the interior of the defensive line must improve from a poor 2011 showing.
Ryan Kalil's Super Bowl prediction is too much to hope for, but if Rivera can scheme better defense, the Panthers have enough weapons to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.