It's not secret that the NFC South is the most competitive and most unpredictable division in the NFL. A team has not won the division twice in a row since its inception in 2002; and each of the four teams have claimed first place in the past four seasons.
Prospects of taking the division championship again in 2011 seem slim for the Atlanta Falcons. Mike Smith's club experienced a magical campaign last season that was plentiful of incredible comebacks and improbable finishes.
Matt Ryan established himself as possibly the most clutch quarterback in the NFL, with a pretty darn good supporting cast to boot, and the defense was just flashy enough to excel despite youth.
But most pundits expect the magic to run out for the Falcons. Atlanta faces a daunting schedule and should see competition from the upstart Buccaneers (upstart could be an understatement) and the Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers.
Can the Falcons possibly break the mold and take the division again? Here's some reasons why they may be able to.