In Depth: Scouting the NFC South

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In Depth: Scouting the NFC South
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A rookie No. 1 pick at quarterback. A coveted veteran addition at running back. A new coaching staff and a defense with a ton of questions.

Few had the Atlanta Falcons as the team to beat in the division going into the 2008 season. But the team surprised the experts by finishing 11-5, one game behind the division-champion Carolina Panthers.

The first paragraph could also be described to use this season's projected cellar-dweller, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nothing goes as scripted in the NFC South, and who know just how things will shake out in 2009?

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