Poll: NFC South popularity fading

October, 5, 2011
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Despite fast starts by the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFC South is fading in popularity.

That’s according to the annual Harris Poll of most popular NFL teams.

The NFC South doesn’t have a team in the top 10 this year. The Saints have dropped to No. 11 this year, after coming in at No. 5 in 2010. The Atlanta Falcons also have dropped out of the top 10, tumbling from No. 10 last year to No. 15.

The Carolina Panthers were the only division team to move up in the poll. They jumped from No. 23 to No. 20. The Bucs fell one spot, going from No. 27 last year to No. 28.

For context, the Dallas Cowboys are No. 1 and the Jacksonville Jaguars are No. 32.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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