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Friday, February 8, 2013
NFC South links: Toughest 2013 schedules

By ESPN.com staff

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan, Mike Smith, Thomas Dimitroff -- all were new to the Falcons in 2008. Daniel Cox of atlantafalcons.com takes a look back at the team's new brass and their defining '08 draft class.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been served with divorce papers from his wife of 16 years.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution breaks down the Falcons' 2013 free agency class, including two players Bill Polian calls “Tier A” players in cornerback Brent Grimes and safety William Moore.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have the toughest road to the Super Bowl based on the strength of their 2013 schedule, reports NFL.com, which ranks all 32 teams.

Hey, who was that guy cheering on the Auburn men's basketball team? Check it, it's Panthers QB Cam Newton.

The Panthers signed Colin Cole, a defensive tackle who has been out of the NFL since 2010, on Thursday.

New Orleans Saints

While the Panthers face the toughest schedule in 2013, division foe New Orleans falls in line with the second-toughest schedule.

NFL.com takes a look back at the memorable plays of the 2012 season, and Saints QB Drew Brees makes the cut.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn, who has protected Josh Freeman's blind side for every game of Freeman's career, tells the Tampa Tribune that Freeman will rebound better than ever in the years to come.

Coach Greg Schiano performs some coaching staff changes this offseason, including promoting linebackers coach Bob Fraser to the new position of assistant defensive coordinator.