Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/8/12
Two teams from the NFC South made the playoffs last season.  The two teams that did not, Carolina and Tampa Bay, will square off in Week 1 with hopes of joining the playoff picture in 2012.  What’s going to happen on Sunday?  Here are my Three Bold Predictions.Bold Prediction Number One: Doug Martin officially introduces himself to Tampa BayThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw something special in Doug Martin during his time at Boise State.  That is the reason they drafted him in the first round, and why he will be starting in Week 1. Carolina’s rush defense ranked among the worst in football last season (No. 25) allowing 130.8 yards per game.  The Panthers did add linebacker Luke Kuechly in the first round of the draft, but I think will outshine his rookie counterpart with 75 rushing yards and a touchdown. Bold Prediction Number Two: Cam Newton continues where he left off in 2011.It is not a fluke that Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy during his lone season at Auburn.  It was not a fluke ...
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