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Doug Farrar
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Doug Farrar

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Sneaky South

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The Titans are still the AFC's best team, despite their loss to the Jets. Head coach Jeff Fisher went a little too pass-happy last Sunday, but this is still a fundamentally sound team with a stellar defense.

There are other AFC teams with the ability to threaten, but they all have larger question marks. The Ravens and Steelers leave you wondering on offense, and the Colts might be done now that center Jeff Saturday is out for 3-4 weeks with a strained calf. Anyone who saw Indy's pass protection in the second half against the Chargers, after Saturday left the game, know how important Saturday is to that team. People are talking about the Colts as the ultimate sleeper, and I think they might have been before, but Peyton Manning relies on Saturday to a huge extent.

In the NFC, I think it's the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This unheralded group just keeps on rolling with a great young defense and Jeff Garcia under center. The Carolina Panthers can match the Giants power for power, but their run defense is starting to slip and Jake Delhomme hasn't been himself lately. And what of the Falcons, who have come out of nowhere and are close to a division lead themselves?

The NFC South is full of pitfalls for the more talked-about teams of the NFC East. Don't be surprised if one of these squads blows past the favorites for a late postseason stand.

By Doug Farrar  |  November 25, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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