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Hawk Provides Edge Compared to Eagles, Bucs

LB A.J. Hawk (Jeff Hanisch/USP)

The big-spending Eagles are known as the "Dream Team." The Buccaneers look like a rising power in the NFC. However, those conference rivals lack what the Packers have at inside linebacker: a veteran like A.J. Hawk. Bill Huber and Len Pasquarelli explain.

Two of the Green Bay Packers' primary challengers in the NFC have big question marks in the middle of their defenses. In the Packers, there's nothing but the soothing touch of stability. Of the 16 teams that played a 4-3 defense in 2010 and will again this season, six are projected to start new middle linebackers. Two of those will be rookies: third-round pick Mason Foster replaces Barrett Ruud...

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