1. New Orleans Saints- The New Orleans fresh off the offseason bounty hunting scandal, missing Head Coach Sean Payton. I really don't see this as a big issue and believe he will still be involved. The Saints return record breaking QB Drew Brees sporting a fresh new contract. The Saints lost Robert Meacham now a Charger, but they do return Marques Colston, Lance Moore, and Darren Sproles. The Saints also display a nice committee in the backfield of Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Chris Ivory. The defense is good enough to make sure this team pulls at least 12 victories.
2012 Projection- (12-4)
2. Atlanta Falcons- The Falcons are finally ready to make that deep playoff push in 2012. Julio Jones is a year older and Roddy White is still a very good receiver. I also look for Harry Douglas to make a nice push this season coming off a 500 yd. outing in 2011. Michael Turner is starting to wind down a little, so you can expect the passing game to be a bigger focus this season. Tony Gonzalez will still see targets at TE and Jaquizz Rodgers is a Fantasy Sleeper I hope you got on your team. The defense is pretty solid and added Asante Samuel at CB this offseason. Samuel paired up with Grimes is a pretty formidable duo in the secondary.
2012 Projection- (10-6)
3. Carolina Panthers- Cam Newton returns for his sophomore campaign, and of course everyone has opinions on what will happen. I believe Newton is the real deal ,and I was not a fan coming into last season. I of course scored Newton in the 11th Round of our Fantasy Draft, which will help change opinions once his stats were tallied. He still has weapons in Steve Smith and Brandon Lafell. Newton will also have a crammed backfield, and a very talented TE in Greg Olsen. The defense will be much improved, and I love rookie LB Luke Kuechly to make a big splash in 2012.
2012 Projection- (7-9)4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Josh Freeman will attempt to bring back the magic he possessed two seasons ago for the Bucs. The Buccaneers brought in Vincent Jackson, and drafted some better blocking in the backfield with Doug Martin. Martin will be the change of pace scatback for Blount, in what will be a pretty good ground game. The defense will be a question mark against the type of offenses this team will encounter in 2012. I think this young team is growing, but not quite to that next level.
2012 Projection- (5-11)
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