Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Conference Division Battles (cont.) The NFC South

The PANTHERS have a test this week with Kurt Warner and the CARDINALS coming to town. The CARDS beat the BILLS and BOYS without Anquan Boldin, and if he is back this week, look for some fireworks in Charlotte. The PANTHERS last six games of the year are the toughest they come. In week 12 they go from the Dome in Atlanta to week 13 out in the cold at Lambeau. If they can put the FALCONS and PACKERS away in back to back road games, I look for them home and put away the BUCS for the Division.

Are the FALCONS the surprise of the NFC this year? Michael Turner is performing like everyone knew he would, but Matt Ryan is doing way better than anyone expected. Ryan has only thrown 5 TDs, but with the exception of week 2, he hasn’t made many mistakes. He had his first 300 yd. game against the BEARS back in week 6, but that was against one of this year’s worst defenses against the pass. The FALCONS head to PHILLY this week and M. Turner has to face the best run Defense he has faced this year. If Turner can’t run through the EAGLES, I don’t expect M. Ryan to be able to make the plays to win the game. The FALCONS, my opinion have too tough a schedule remaining and let’s remember, a ROOKIE at QB. On the other hand, where would they be without him?

Can the SAINTS rebound from last week? Drew Brees is putting up MVP numbers this year and could surpass the 5,000 yard mark. New flash for the SAINTS, you can’t win games if you can score TDs. All the SAINTS can hope for is that Reggie Bush is healthy by week 13. I think the SAINTS can pull off the win in Atlanta just by passing the ball, but they will need a good overall offensive game to beat the BUCS and PANTHERS later down the road.

This Division is a tough one to call. The PANTHERS, SAINTS, and FALCONS all rely heavily on one player (Delhomme, Brees, Ryan) to get them to the promise land. The BUCS have two (Garcia and Griese) that have shown the ability to win this year. Takers anyone???

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