Dallas Cowboys – All around best team in division. Balanced attack and solid D should take them far. Should win 12 or 13.
Washington Redskins – If McNabb stays healthy they should push for final wildcard spot. Defensive line is the potential weak spot.
Philadelphia Eagles – Not sold on Kolb/Vick combo. McCoy is the real deal though. Eagles lack depth at key positions. .500 at best.
NY Giants – Defensively front 7 still looks very good. Running game and O-Line are suspect and thin. Will lose a lot of close games.
Minnesota Vikings – Favre is back so offense will click. Health issues could derail this team. Defense was good last year and it is getting better.
Green Bay Packers – Rodgers should put up big numbers but the running game and defense are just OK. Playoff appearance is likely.
Chicago Bears – Cutler could put up big numbers if he gets protection. The defense is average at best. This will be a Jekyl and Hyde team for sure.
Detroit Lions – Detroit is still surging in the right direction but it is a slow surge. Defense and special teams still need some work and talent.
New Orleans Saints – Brees and Co. continue to light it up and the defense might actually be better. They should win 13 to 14 games.
Atlanta Falcons – Ryan, White and Turner return to form but shaky D could cost them a wildcard birth.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs are surging upwards but they are probably 2 years away. Cadillac could get comeback player of the year.
Carolina Panthers – Panthers have a lot of work to do. Stay afloat with Moore or begin the Clausen era is the biggest question.
San Francisco 49ers – I’m not sure they’re as good as advertised but the defense is good. Not sold on Smith. Could be a 9 win division winner.
Arizona Cardinals – No QB, No Anquan,No Defense, No title. Beanie should be a bright spot in a mediocre bunch.
Seattle Seahawks – This is a poor team in transition. Hasslebeck’s last year at the helm. Tate should be fun to watch.
St. Louis Rams – This is a terrible team that is starting to get better with future stud QB Bradford. Defense could surprise people.
Miami Dolphins – Could this be the season? Maybe! Henne has even more weapons and the D is better under Dansby.
NY Jets – Ryan’s group is really good. The D is super with or without that DB who will remain nameless. They will be neck and neck with Miami.
New England Patriots – They’re third best in a great division. Brady needs to stay healthy. They will have to battle to get that last playoff spot.
Buffalo Bills – These guys don’t stand a chance. Not sure what they’re doing! However, Spiller is a stud and should be fun to watch.
Cincinnati Bengals – Best of the division and maybe the AFC. Should be an entertaining team to watch. Can the egos coexist though?
Baltimore Ravens – Solid defense again and Flacco has new weapons. They’ll be neck-in-neck with Cincy.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Pittsburgh is still a good team but Big Ben’s absence will cost them games early. Mendenhall should be great in 2010.
Cleveland Browns – Cleveland is building a decent looking team. Harrison, Hardesty and Davis is the best trio of young runners in football.
Tennessee Titans – The Titans should be good enough to eek out a division title. Best runner in the land and V. Young has come into his own.
Indianapolis Colts – Manning and his collection of receivers are still great but the rest of the team is just average. Wildcard might be tough.
Houston Texans – Houston can’t get past the top two teams. Schaub and Johnson should be All-Pros again. Health always seems to be an issue.
Jacksonville Jaguars – This is a bad team with no light at the end of the tunnel. New leadership needed for this group.
San Diego Chargers – The Chargers are rebuilding on the fly but the West can’t overtake them yet. Very thin at WR and on defense.
Denver Broncos – Elvis injury creates huge hole on defense. Orton looks solid but Tebow is for real. Moreno key to offensive success.
Oakland Raiders – They are getting better. The D and running attack should be better this season. Is Campbell a good pro QB?
KC Chiefs – KC isn’t worse but they aren’t much better. This is a very young group with lots of potential. Let the Eric Berry show begin.
NFC – Depends largely on home field advantage but if New Orleans gets all their home games in the dome they should repeat as NFC Conference champions. Brees is so hard to stop with the system Coach Payton put in place. The only two teams who stand a chance of derailing the Saints are the Cowboys and Vikings. However, I still feel New Orleans is better than both of those teams. Green Bay could advance a round but they have too many holes on defense to be considered a real threat.
Wildcard – Green Bay over San Francisco AND Minnesota over Atlanta
Divisional – New Orleans over Green Bay AND Dallas over Minnesota
Championship – New Orleans over Dallas
AFC – This conference is way more competitive than the NFC. There are 8 or 9 teams that are good enough to make the playoffs but there can only be 6. There is not clear favorite either. Miami, NY, New England, Baltimore, Cincy and Tennessee are all capable of winning 12 to 13 games. Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Denver and San Diego could win 10 or 11 games. The AFC will certainly have a few above .500 teams on the outside looking in this season.
Wildcard – Cincinnati over NY Jets AND Baltimore over San Diego
Divisional – Miami over Cincinnati and Tennessee over Baltimore
Championship – Miami over Tennessee
SUPERBOWL – Miami over New Orleans