NFC South predictions coming Thursday

August, 30, 2011
8/30/11
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Thursday’s going to be a very big day in NFC South land. Sure, the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers each will play their final preseason game.

But final preseason games are even more meaningless than other preseason games. What I’m talking about is much bigger than preseason games.

I’m talking about our predictions for the season. ESPN.com will be rolling out predictions from the entire NFL staff of writers. I’ll be giving my take on where each NFC South team will finish and I think you’ll see that some of my predictions are contrary to what you’ve seen from most media outlet predictions.

Part of it is because I like to be different and part of it is because it’s what I feel in my gut. Most of you know I generally avoid predictions, but this is the one time of year I do them. I can’t reveal them here. But, like I said, I think you’re going to see some surprises.

I’ll also be picking winners for all the other divisions and teams that I think will earn wild-card berths. I’ll also be picking a Super Bowl winner -- and that may or may not be an NFC South team.

Well also be predicting a Coach of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year. You just might see some NFC South representation in those categories.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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