2008 NFC South Preview

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New Orleans Saints

Predicted Record: 14-2
Playoff Seed: #1

Key Player: Reggie Bush/Deuce McAllister, Deuce went down last year and so did the Saints. For as good as Brees has been the past two seasons they need a rush attack to balance the offense and to control the ball and wear down the defense.

Fantasy Player to Eye: Jeremy Shockey, Consider me on the bandwagon for Shockey. He's never quite lived up to his hype and/or skillset. With the Saints he will be targeted a ton and given the rest of their fire power and some added motivation he should put up lots and lots of points.

Why the Record: Well 14-2 is a bit much obviously, but their offense should be able to score with anybody in the league and with the addition of Sedrick Ellis and the free Jets give away in Vilma their defense should be much improved.

Tampa Bay Bucs

Predicted Record: 7-9

Key Player: Old Man Jeff, Or Dead man walkin as he referred to himself is now at the helm again for good (just with 47 backups). He won football games last year despite putting up limited numbers. Can he play magician again?

Fantasy Player to Eye: Ronde Barber, What he scores like a touchdown or two a year right? That's about 1 or 2 more than you may expect from certain skill positions.

Why the Record: Old man Jeff is bound to hit the floor some day and that day is today.

Carolina Panthers

Predicted Record: 6-10

Key Player: Jake Delhomme, Obviously when your Quarterback comes back from Tommy John surgery he's the major question mark on your team. Last year he went down and they pulled a QB out of the old folks home and then stunk. Jake needs to stay healthy for Ws.

Fantasy Player to Eye: Jonathan Stewart, He's a rookie running back which means he's always intriguing to watch. He could gobble the majority of the carries and rush for over 1000 yards or he could stink and pull a DeAngelo Williams and do nothing.

Why the Record: You ever heard of a QB being awesome the year after Tommy John surgery? Na I didn't think so.

Atlanta Falcons

Predicted Record: 3-13

Key Player: Michael Turner, He's finally getting the opportunity to start in the NFL and considering the dearth of offensive weapons on the Falcons its essential that he has a big season if they want to win some football games.

Fantasy Player to Eye: Opposing Defenses, In a deep league and missed out on one of the top defenses. Well then just hit the waiver wire and grab whatever defense is playing the Falcons and enjoy the plethora of sacks, ints and defensive tds.

Why the Record: A Rookie QB with inexperience everywhere and no solid karma around equals another very high draft pick.

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