In my opinion the Falcon/Panther rivalry is the best in the NFC South. Especially with Tampa rebuilding and New Orleans not even in the vicinity (geographically). So I'd like to compare the Panthers to the Falcons position by position and see how Falcon fan's opinions differ.
Matt Ryan vs Jake Delhomme: Delhomme has obviously accomplished far more. The team and staff love him, and he is one of the best at 4th quarter comebacks. However Ryan had an outstanding season for a rookie. I will give him the nod since he is the future and Jake is on his way out. Winner: Falcons
Turner/Norwood vs Deangello/Stewart: As great as Turner is, it seems there is doubt he can hold up if more carries are not given to Jerious Norwood. This means his production will probably go down in coming years. Deangello had 1500 yards, 18 TDs and averaged 5.5 per carry... All while splitting carries with Stewart. Winner: Panthers
White/Jenkins vs Smith/Muhammad: In my potentially biased opinion this is a know brainer. Smith is one of the elite receivers in the league... the best after the catch. Muhammad is still one of the top 2 blocking receivers in the league. Winner: Panthers
Gonzalez vs King: A future hall of fame TE vs blocking tight end. Nuff said. Winner: Falcons
Not much to say about o-lines. They either get the job done or not. Panther's line definitely got the job done. But I'd like to hear from those of you who know more detail about the Falcons line. Winner: Panthers
This one is tough. Panthers look good on paper, but under achieved last year. Abraham vs Peppers is a good one. Abraham is a situational DE, while Peppers plays all over the field. I'd take Pep even though he is known for taking games off. But defense overall? I am going to give a tie, because I have no idea how either will perform in 2009. Winner: Tie