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2012 NFC South Week Eight NFL Picks and Predictions: Fan's Opinion

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The NFC South hits the road during four week eight contests that pit them against some of the NFL's toughest teams. While the Atlanta Falcons are looking like the best team in the NFL, the Saints and the Bucs spent week seven beating up on each other. The Carolina Panthers found yet another way to lose in a tough game against the Dallas Cowboys. Here is a look at the NFC South lineup for week eight:

Atlanta Falcons Versus Philadelphia Eagles

There is little reason to pick against the Falcons no matter who they are facing. The Eagles are always tough at home, but the Falcons are going to give them all kinds of fits. Between a solid passing game, powerful running game and stiff defense, the Falcons should have enough to knock off Philly in their own house.

Winner - Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers Versus Chicago Bears

The Panthers simply have to learn how to win games. They are very good at keeping the score close. They even have a much better defense than years past. Despite this, they still lose with poor decisions at the end, poor game planning and poor execution at the ends of games. This will cost them against a tough Chicago team at home.

Winner - Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Bucs Versus Minnesota Vikings

Tampa Bay showed that they can score in bunches against the New Orleans Saints in week seven. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Vikings do not have the turnstile defense that the Saints have. Virtually everyone scores a ton against the Saints. The Vikings will put up a bit more resistance and will come away with a very important win at home.

Winner - Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints Versus Denver Broncos

The Saints went out and defeated a game Tampa Bay squad during week seven and now they travel to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos. In what is sure to be a tough game from start to finish, I think that the Saints will pull out an upset on the road. Drew Brees has a history of coming up huge in games that are on the bigger stages. Expect a similar type performance here.

Winner - New Orleans Saints

*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that is convinced that he will see a Super Bowl Trophy in Charlotte within five years.

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