1.) New Orleans Saints (12-4): Granted the Saints are the Saints and everyone thought years ago that Aaron Brooks and Jim Haslett were the second coming after they upset the Rams in the playoffs, but this team is just too stacked with prolific playmakers. QB Drew Brees set the NFC on fire after everyone said he was shot. Reggie Bush was about the only Bush doing anything to improve the quality of New Orleans and boy did he ever. Bush racked up six rushing TD's and led the team in catches with 88. Marques Colston was also another pleasant suprise reeling in 70 receptions for over 1,038 yards and eight TD catches.
2.) Carolina Panthers (10-6)* Wild Card: Before the Saints came along, they were everyone's sexy pick to go to the Super Bowl the last few years. They play well inside the division going 18-12 against the NFC South since its creation in 2002. DE Julius Peppers and WR Steve Smith are both key to whether this team not only makes the playoffs but makes some noise as well.
3.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12): Question, last NFC team to win a Super Bowl? That'd be the Bucs in 2002. How the conference and the Bucs have fallen. And now they bring in every QB not named Steve DeBerg to try and right the ship. Cadillac Williams will have to revert back to his rookie form for this team to have a shot in the NFC South.
4.) Atlanta Falcons (2-14): Joey Harrington is one dog of a QB and as a result this team will be put to sleep rather quickly. They've got a decent running game and some playmakers on defense but please don't make me mention who their QB is again.