In Part Three of his 2006 NFL Preview, Bullseye-Sports.coms Dwayne Bryant provides his thoughts and predictions for the NFC South. Teams are listed in their predicted order of finish.
1. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Offense: WR Steve Smith returned from a 2004 injury and lit up the league last season, tallying 103 catches, 1,563 yards and 12 TDs. With newly-acquired Keyshawn Johnson on the other side, Smith should face less double and triple-teams. Keyshawn will not only help the offense in that aspect, but his superb run-blocking ability will help open running lanes for RB DeShaun Foster. Foster has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, so dont be surprised to see first-round draft pick DeAngelo Williams get his share of carries as well. Head coach John Fox prefers a run-first attack, but with Smith and Johnson at WR and QB Jake Delhomme under center, Fox would be better served using a more balanced offense. This offense was running on all cylinders late last season and I look for more of the same in 2006.
Defense: This is one tough defense that can do it all. It all starts up front with pass-rushing phenoms Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker. They combined...