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Old 11-08-2005, 04:18 PM   #1
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Who will win the NFC South?


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Old 11-11-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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From ESPN.com ....



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Even though the Bucs are just a game behind the Panthers and Falcons at 5-3, it doesn't look as though they will hold up as a contender. They just don't have the offensive line to be able to stay with Atlanta and Carolina. Plus, their second-half schedule is tough. The Bucs got off to a 5-1 start thanks to an easy opening schedule. In addition, Carnell Williams was running hard and Brian Griese was an efficient 66 percent passer. Chris Simms still might have a decent future as a quarterback, but he's not going to cover for the problems. The Bucs didn't face a winning team until they were blown out by the Panthers last week. Six of their next eight games are against winning teams. It's not out of the question for the schedule to put this team on a losing streak that takes them back to .500. Still, the Bucs made a lot of progress this season.

The division comes down to how the Falcons do against the Panthers. The Panthers historically have not been able to stop Michael Vick, and if they lose both games against the Falcons, they will have to settle for a wild-card spot. The schedules for both teams are pretty similar. The Panthers have four division games left. The Falcons have five division games remaining. Each team has four home games. Both teams are on pace for a 10- or 11-win season. Each team faces five games against winning teams.

The Saints are finishing out the schedule that could lead them to a 10- or 12-loss season. Five of their last seven games are against teams with winning records.

Prediction: Falcons win division, Panthers grab wild card.


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http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/column...ohn&id=2217806


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Old 11-11-2005, 06:16 PM   #3
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I agree with the article. I think Falcons win the division, but the Panthers will make a longer run in the playoffs.
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Old 11-11-2005, 08:40 PM   #4
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..the Panthers probably are still reeling from that last game against the Vicks last year... I think they split, and the Panthers win the division...
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