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We made National Football Post's pressure index (for what it's worth).

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Well, since some of y'all seem to have a side obsession with the NFL's Power Rankings, here is a list of the top dozen teams who have the highest pressure index according to NFP via Yahoo Sports. Of course it's as subjective as the power rankings, but it is worth noting that we can deduce the NFC South to be a pressure cooker as three teams are on the list.  Something is gonna blow, and I hope it ain't us.

 

 

 

Pressure is felt is just about every walk of life. That’s not to say it’s always present, but at some point pressure will find you and it will weigh on you. Jobs, families, sweating out the final two minutes of Thursday night’s Kings-Sharks thriller—pressure is completely and utterly inescapable over the long haul.

The members of the NFL family know this fact all too well. Front office personnel, coaches, players, hell even the fans feel the pressure that accompanies the win-at-all-costs mentality of professional football.

But depending upon the situation, some in the NFL will feel the pressure more than others. As we continue our approach towards the 2013 season, here are the 12 teams we believe will be feeling the most heat in the coming months.

 

 

 


 

7. Carolina Panthers: The country was predicting big things for the Panthers after rookie quarterback Cam Newton set the league on fire in 2011, but Carolina followed up a commendable 6-10 season with just seven wins in 2012. Granted, the team showed some guts by winning five of their final six contests, but a 1-6 start proved far too much to overcome. Now entering their third seasons, head coach Ron Rivera and Newton need to show the league that the Panthers are a legitimate playoff contender. Anything short of 8-8 will be considered a failure.

What must be accomplished: A winning record with at least three divisional victories.

 

 

 

I think that it's pretty much spot on, although some of you believe that the postseason is the litmus test. With the tough division, and teams in a tough situation, I feel it's important to keep reasonable expectations.   


 

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: You can’t spend the kind of money Tampa Bay has doled out over the last two years and not expect to attract a significant amount of attention. Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, Eric Wright, Dashon Goldson, Darrelle Revis…the list goes on and on. And while last year’s 7-9 record under rookie head coach Greg Schiano wasn’t a complete disappointment, the fact that the Buccaneers collapsed down the stretch for the second season in a row has raised some red flags. Tampa Bay plays in a brutal division, but the holes in the secondary have been plugged and the offense has more than enough firepower to light up the scoreboard. It’s time for the opposition to worry about a matchup with the Bucs, not laugh.

What must be accomplished: .500 or better over the months of November and December with a defense that ranks in the top-10 against the pass.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Atlanta Falcons: Had Matt Bryant not drilled that 49-yarder with eight seconds remaining in the NFC divisional round against the Seahawks, Atlanta would be No. 1 on this list. But Bryant connected, the Falcons had their first playoff win of the Matt Ryan-Mike Smith era and the franchise bought itself a sliver of breathing room. Now it’s time to take another step forward. Otherwise, this team is going to become the 2001-2003 Philadelphia Eagles.

What must be accomplished: A return to the NFC Championship game at a minimum. A spot in the Super Bowl preferably.

 

 

 

One thing is for sure, there are going to be some unhappy campers in the NFC South because of outlandish expectations, and the fact that some fans have bought into the national lack of appreciation for how tough this division really is (apparently thinking there are some gimme games on the schedule).  I believe we can do great things, but to underestimate our opponents is the first step on the road to failure (within the context of being a fan).

 

For what it's worth, Coach Fox and the Denver Broncos are at the top of the list. 

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Three victories in the division and a winning record are outlandish expectations?

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Three victories in the division and a winning record are outlandish expectations?

 

That's not what I said. I said that I thought that the writer's analysis is pretty much spot on. Others have higher expectations than that for this year. They are the one's that may get their feelings hurt.

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Got it. :)

 

On that list, I think that fans in Miami, Chicago, Tennessee, Atlanta, and Dallas are going to be pretty unhappy come next January.

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I believe we are good enough to make the playoffs. However, we are in the NFC not the AFC. So grabbing one of those wildcard spots will be tough. Lets just say that packers, redskins, falcons, and 49ers taje their divisions. That only leaves two spots open. Teams left that could seriously be competing for them? Seattle, Saints, Bucs, Giants, Bears, Vikings, Lions, Cowboys, Philly, Rams, and us.......OUCH.

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The saints probably should be on that list too. Was last season an aberration, will Sean's return renergize this team, or are they on the downside of their run like Pittsburg.

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Pressure is on the Saints to allow fewer than 30 points a game.  So yeah, maybe their fans will be disappointed too.

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Got it. :)

 

On that list, I think that fans in Miami, Chicago, Tennessee, Atlanta, and Dallas are going to be pretty unhappy come next January.

 

can't wait to see how the read option works for Cutler..  that in itself should be entertaining.  guy gets hit enough as it is though.

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Three victories in the division and a winning record are outlandish expectations?

 

we've had how many winning records ever?

 

not far from outlandish. this is a team that doesn't now how to have a winning season. they just know how to build up expectations at the end of the season and blow it the next. until they prove otherwise, this is a team that just stumbles onto winning seasons.

 

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the writer says anything less than 8-8 is considered a failure. i disagree. anything less than a winning season is a failure.

 

this is a pass or fail year, imo. you either pull off at least a winning season or rivera should be gone and we bring in someone that isn't trying to build frikkin rome....just a winning season.

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