ESPN The Magazine: NFC South preview
It looks like a Carolina and New Orleans battle in 2009
These division previews appear in the September 7 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
Check out each division previewed here:
Projected order of finish
1. Carolina Panthers (9-7)
The running game (152.3 yards per) is still dangerous and even if history says Jake Delhomme will follow up his January disaster with a poor 2009, Julius Peppers' return should help the D (20.6 points allowed per game in 2008, good for No. 12 in the NFL) stay strong enough for another South title.
2. New Orleans Saints (8-8)
Drew Brees and the high-flying passing game are back. So is the porous defense (221.7 passing yards allowed per game). New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams brings a more aggressive blitzing style, but he can't suddenly turn the Saints' corners into Champ Bailey and Nnamdi Asomugha.To continue reading ESPN The Magazine's NFC South preview, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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