With the exception of the hapless Panthers, who rode a 2-14 record to the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, the NFC South was competitive until the end. The Falcons are the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Saints made the playoffs as a wild-card team, and the Buccaneers barely missed the playoffs despite a 10-6 record. What grade would you give each team in the NFC South? Cast your vote now!

AFC Grades: East | North | South | West | NFC Grades: East | North | West

Carolina Panthers

The only good thing about the Panthers this season is that their haplessness will allow them their choice of marquee prospects in the 2011 NFL draft.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman certainly resembled an elite QB this season, and the Buccaneers will be a force to be reckoned with if he turns the corner.


New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees reached a career high in INTs this season, but he's still Drew Brees, and the Saints are still able to defend their title.


Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons were seldom dominant but made few mistakes and shut down opponents' offenses to the tune of a 13-3 record.


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