NFC South 2011 Predictions : Atlanta Falcons Build off of 2010 Successes

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NFC South 2011 Predictions : Atlanta Falcons Build off of 2010 Successes
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There is no NFL division with less tradition than the NFC South. The biggest reason for this is due to the fact that the oldest team in the division, the Atlanta Falcons, began play in 1966.

The New Orleans Saints joined the NFL a year later and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976. All three spent the first years of their existences being considered terrible teams.

Each team in the NFC South has reached the Super Bowl once each, but the Saints 2009 victory and Buccaneers 2002 triumph are the only wins any has had yet. The newest team in the division, the Carolina Panthers, has the best winning percentage in the NFC South at .465.

While winning consistently has not been a part of any of these franchises, there has been a change with some the last few seasons. The Saints and Falcons both are considered to possess one of the best offenses in the league, while the rebuilding Buccaneers have some of the most exciting young players in the NFL.

The end of 2011 could see this division holding reign for the title of most interesting story in the league. There could be three teams with similar records where the division crown is decided after the Buccaneers head into Atlanta in the final week of the regular season.

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