2015 NFC playoff predictionsNFL.comPublished: Sept. 3, 2015 Michael SilverNFC SOUTHJudy Battista: Carolina Panthers. The absence of Kelvin Benjamin for the season is a huge blow, but Devin Funchess and Greg Olsen will cushion the blow and the defense should still be the best in the division.Jeffri Chadiha: Panthers. Losing Kelvin Benjamin will hurt Cam Newton's effectiveness, but this team still wins with its defense.Brian Billick: Panthers. This is more about the demise of the Saints, the defensive deficiencies of the Falcons and the rookie quarterback in Tampa Bay than it is about the Panthers.Michael Silver: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I picked them to win this sorry division last year -- oops -- and, against all logic, I'm getting right back on the horse.Colleen Wolfe: Atlanta Falcons. They finally get it together. The defense will be better with Vic Beasley and Dan Quinn. But the division is such a disaster that you could just pick one of the teams out of a hat if you prefer.Steve Wyche: New Orleans Saints. Crazy as it sounds, because they have the best O-line in the division. Defense is iffy, but the offense will be tougher in the run game.Gil Brandt: Panthers. Defense leads the Panthers to their third straight divisional title -- and this time, they do it with a winning record. Cam Newton enjoys the best season of his career.Adam Schein: Saints. First one to nine wins wins! I'm going with the Brees-Payton combo to finish a game ahead of the new-look Falcons.Charley Casserly: Saints. The Saints have enough offense to edge out Carolina.Elliot Harrison: Panthers. Carolina survives the loss of Kelvin Benjamin -- and the other wide receivers' growing pains -- to win a relatively weak division.Marc Sessler: Saints. NFC South jokes are easy, but New Orleans will thrive after putting Drew Brees into a Cowboys-esque run-heavy attack.Dave Dameshek: Falcons. The Kelvin Benjamin injury swings* the division to a still-flawed Falcons team. (*Division swings back to Charlotte if Julio Jones gets hurt).Bucky Brooks: Saints. Sean Payton leans on the running game and spectacular play of Brandin Cooks to capture the title. Drew Brees is no longer a supreme playmaker in his prime, but his efficient play is just enough to notch an 11-5 record.For every division.....link
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