Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 6/21/13
Atlanta Falcons, FLAT: When you're at the top of your division, there's no where to go but down. Luckily for the Falcons, they're holding steady as the class of the NFC South. The Saints will pose a more difficult challenge than they did last season without Sean Payton, but the Falcons are the more complete team. There's no reason the Falcons won't win the NFC South again in 2013. New Orleans Saints, RISING: We've been over this many times here at TGS, but I still can't state plainly how important it will be for the Saints to be getting back their head coach. With no instability and multiple interim coaches, the Saints should be in contention for a wild card spot in the playoffs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, SLIGHTLY RISING: Darrelle Revis may be the Buccaneers best player, but one defensive back isn't enough to make the Bucs a playoff worthy team. They'll likely be playing meaningful football late in the season, but unless they can pull out some games they really shouldn't be winning, the Buccaneers will be one of those "just missed" teams at the end of the year. Carolina Panthers, FALLING: I hate to say it, but there's been no apparent improvement over the past two years for the Carolina Panthers. Since Cam Newton was drafted, the Panthers have put entirely too much pressure on him to lead the team to the promise land of the playoffs. In a tough division, that's too much for one person to do by himself. Look for another rough season by the Panthers. [follow]
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