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The NFC South is always an unpredictable division. For the longest time, the last-place team would always win the following year. So far this season the New Orleans Saints have been the leaders of the pack in the NFC South.
Drew Brees is leading the league with over 3,300 yards so far this season, and the Saints are ranked first in both total offense and pass offense. They can score with anyone in the league.
Sitting second are the Atlanta Falcons, who have underperformed so far this season and are only 10th in the league in pass offense. For them to be division winners in the second half, they need to create more pressure defensively.
Next come the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are under the guidance of third-year quarterback Josh Freeman. He is in a slump right now, throwing nine more interceptions so far than he did the whole of last season. He needs to have greater success throwing the football if the Bucs want to reach the playoffs.
In the cellar of the division sit the Carolina Panthers. Standout rookie quarterback Cam Newton has not only been an effective passer, but is only 60 yards behind the Panthers' top rusher.
The Verdict: My preseason Super Bowl pick Atlanta Falcons will just barely get in over the New Orleans Saints, who will get in via a wild-card berth.