Green Bay Packers– Rodgers has Nelson back and Cobb looks to be in full health. Not to mention Eddie Lacy is back to his fighting weight. This Packers team could run the table, they won’t but with the best quarterback in football, they could.
Pittsburgh Steelers– With a top 5 quarterback, a plethora of weapons, and a slowly improving defense, the Steelers are always a threat. Antonio Brown will likely lead the league in receiving yards and catches.
Carolina Panthers– What’s not to love here? Cam Newton is in his prime, Benjamin is back, and that front seven is still one of the best in the NFL. A shaky secondary maybe the only issue, but their front seven has always been Gettleman’s focus.
New England Patriots– One of the greatest quarterbacks ever, one of the best coaches ever, and the best quarterback/coach duo in history, it’s hard to pick against the Pats. They own their division, have a good defense and enough help on offense for Brady to lead them to a Super Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks– Wilson is a very good quarterback. Rawls has replaced Lynch impressively. Oh yeah, that defense is one of the best in the league and has bee the best against the run lately. If a team can’t run on you, they typically can’t win.
Arizona Cardinals– That Cardinals offense is impressive to say the lease. Palmer looks like he found the Fountain of Youth and his receivers are good. The defense shows up the offense in games frequently. The Cardinals have a team to go all the way.
Cincinnati Bengals– The Bengals are consistently good, even great during the season, but they self destruct in the playoffs. Dalton is in his prime now, he has to show he can take this talented team over the top with an impressive backfield and number one target.
Denver Broncos– The Broncos lost Manning and Osweiler on offense along with Jackson and Trevathan on defense. This team will take a step back, but that defense will still keep them in the running for the AFC West.
Kansas City Chiefs– Jamaal Charles is a runningback that is frequently mentioned in the conversation for best in the league. The defense is good and Alex Smith has been rejuvenated under Andy Reid. Not a team that will win the Super Bowl, but can definitely get a bye week.
New York Giants– Eli is still a very good quarterback. He has one of the best receivers to throw to and he’s used to the McAdoo offense. The defense was bolstered this offseason with some big signings. The Romo injury could have very well put the Giants in the driver seat of the NFC East.
Oakland Raiders–Carr and Cooper are quite a duo as shown last year. Murray can run the ball effectively enough to keep opposing defenses off. The defense, led by Khalil Mack, is getting better and better. The Raiders may be a year off from true contention, but crazier things have happened.
Minnesota Vikings– Lower than they would have been if Bridgewater wasn’t inured. They still have Peterson and a great defense. If Shaun Hill plays adequately or Sam Bradford can learn the playbook, they can get a wildcard spot.
Houston Texans– This may seem a little high, but with only one losing record in the last 5 seasons, they are consistently above average. The quarterback carousel seems to have stopped rotating this seasons with Osweiler commanding a decent payday.
Jacksonville Jaguars– Explosive offense is the flavor of the season. The Allens are great targets for Bortles. Chris Ivory is great when he can stay healthy and Yeldon is a nice change of pace back. The defense now has Myles Jack and Dante Fowler to bolster that front seven.
Dallas Cowboys– Yes, the glass Romo hurt again, but that running game is very, very good, their defense is a liability, they won’t compete against the defenses of the NFC in the playoffs.
Baltimore Ravens– Flacco is back along with other players that suffered injuries that plagued 2015. They can be the Ravens we’ve come to expect under Harbaugh again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Yes, Famous Jameis is good and has a improving team around him, and yes, they should finish second in the NFC South, but the Bucs have finished last in the NFC South the last 5 seasons and 6 of the last 7. Can’t get too high on them yet.
Indianapolis Colts– Andrew Luck is a turnover machine, a lot of that has probably been a result of injuries, and bad offensive line, no run game, and a lack of defense. He has done a lot with the little he has, but he can’t win a Super Bowl that way they will be ok, but he needs a good bit more help on that team.
Washington Redskins– Can Cousins repeat? Yes, they have some good pieces in Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Matt Jones, and Jordan Reid. The defense isn’t half bad and they signed Josh Norman in the offseason to a monster contract, now we get to see if he was a product of that vaunted Carolina front seven.
Detroit Lions– No Calvin Johnson, limited rushing attack, and a decent defense doesn’t sound too good, but the Lions have made do with less before. The Lions passing attack will still be good, their defensive line is still good, but to compete, they must minimize mistakes.
Miami Dolphins– Tannehill is a good quarterback and the new coach Adam Gase should help, but this team is lacking linebackers and and a good secondary. Most of the talent on this roster is past their prime.
Buffalo Bills– Shady McCoy is good. Tyrod Taylor finally showed up for a season in his career and the defense is good, but they have health issues and that could derail this season early.
San Diego Chargers– Phillip Rivers has had nothing to work with on offense. Gordon was abysmal, Gates was hurt, Allen was hurt, and the defense was bad. They have some work to do, but with the skills of Rivers, they can get a wildcard spot.
New Orleans Saints– Brees’ passing yards can speak for themselves, the Super Bowl win and the consistent playoff appearances show how important he is. The defense is just bad and the running game is constantly underwhelming. Brees will need help if he wants to return to the Saints former glory.
New York Jets– Yes, they were good, but if Fitzpatrick can’t feed the ball to Decker and Marshall in bunches, they will do fine. Yes they can compete, but that defense will be relied on heavily.
Los Angeles Rams– A rookie quarterback, a bad receiving corps, and a thin secondary will prove problematic for the Rams. They have some good aspects. Gurley and their front seven.
Atlanta Falcons– A mediocre defense headlines the issues. Lack of depth at receiver is a problem, but Devonta Freeman takes the pressure off. Ryan, Freeman, and Jones make a great trio, but with Carolina division and a tough schedule, they will struggle.
Chicago Bears– White is healthy. Cutler gets ragged on, but he’s been a starter for this long for a reason. The defense needs some help.
Tennessee Titans– Mariota needs more protection. Drafting Derrick Henry may have been an insurance policy for Demaro Murray, but not getting an offensive lineman was a mistake, hopefully Mariota won’t have to pay the price too much. Weak receiving corps, and a mediocre defense won’t help either.
Philadelphia Eagles- Throwing Wentz to the wolves with no legitimate help on offense and a mediocre defense. Long season coming in Philly.
San Francisco 49ers– A sanctimonious quarterback who has fallen by the wayside has been replaced by a mediocre backup in Blaine Gabbert. The defense isn’t what it was and neither is the offense.
Cleveland Browns– They will remain here until they aren’t the laughing stock of the league anymore.
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