NFC South Power Rankings: Preseason Week 4 standings

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Aug 28, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35) catches a pass for a touchdown during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC South is looking to bounce back after an embarrassing 2014 campaign. The Carolina Panthers have won the past two division crowns, but it’s once again wide open this season.

Tampa Bay is potentially the most improved by virtue of first overall pick Jamies Winston. How well he does in his rookie season will be pivotal on how many wins the Buccaneers win this year. They could be more of a team for the future.

Atlanta and New Orleans desperately needed defensive reinforcements. The Saints bolstered their running back depth, and it seems they will look to dictate the tempo of games on the ground. The Falcons’ defense has made a strong start in preseason, but there is still a lot to prove.

Carolina are the team to the beat, but they were dealt a major blow with the loss of Kelvin Benjamin for the season with a torn ACL. Is their defense strong enough to keep them atop the power rankings? Is Devin Funchess the answer? Can Greg Olsen and Jonathan Stewart get it done?

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