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Although the following teams didn't make my top six, here are the three NFC sleeper teams that I think could make a splash this year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With a young offense that features improving quarterback Josh Freeman and undrafted sensation Legarrette Blount, as well as a vastly improved defensive line that picked up both Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, the Buccaneers could make a splash.
The downside? They play in a talented NFC South that features both the Falcons and the Saints.
Yet another young, improving quarterback leads the Lions in Matthew Stafford. The Lions drafted defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who, along with Ndamukong Suh, will wreak havoc on offensive lines this season. If Stafford, Calvin Johnson and co. can consistently put points on the board, look for the Lions to make a playoff push in 2011-2012.
New York Giants
Hardly a sleeper, right? The Giants nearly made the postseason in 2010-2011 with a 10-6 record. The Giants bring a talented team to the field, featuring a balanced offensive attack coupled with a defense that ranked seventh in the league in yards allowed. With first-round pick Prince Amukamara coming in at corner, look for the Giants to contend in a talented NFC East.
Now, let us take a look at the six NFC teams that I have qualifying for the postseason in 2011-2012.