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It hardly matters that the Saints easily beat Carolina 31-13 in Week 14. If the Panthers return the favor against New Orleans this weekend, Carolina only would have to get past the Falcons in Week 17 and the Panthers' first division title since 2008 would be theirs.
After an up-and-down sophomore season in 2012, Cam Newton has reminded us again that he's one of the top young quarterbacks in the game. He's cut down on his mistakes (21 touchdowns vs. 11 interceptions) and he's completing 62.3 percent of his passes -- which would be a career high. The team also doesn't have to rely solely on Newton, receiver Steve Smith and tight end Greg Olsen for its offensive output -- the passing attack is ranked 28th in the league, anyway. Instead, the eighth-ranked Panthers running game, led by DeAngelo Williams (having his most-productive season since 2009), Newton and Mike Tolbert, have given the team enough firepower to potentially win the entire division.