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Rivera says Panthers in the crosshairs of NFC South



Panthers coach Ron Rivera knows his team will have a target on its back after three conecutive division titles, an NFC Championship and Super Bowl 50 appearance.

Cam Newton is the league's MVP, but he has company in the NFC South, which might have the best collection of quarterbacks in the NFL, a list that includes the Saints'
Drew Brees, the Falcons' Matt Ryan and the Bucs' Jameis Winston.

"No, I'll tell you, it's going to be exciting going into next season,'' Rivera said. "When you throw Drew into the mix and Matt into the mix, there's four quality quarterbacks in our division. It's going to be very competitive because of also who the head coaches are.

"I think those guys all want to compete, and they all want to win, and I know we're right in the middle of the crosshairs. We're going to be better because if not, we'll be overtaken. That's what makes the division so exciting. I think there's a lot of quality football players on those teams, so it's going to be an interesting year for us.''


[Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2016 1:26pm]


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