1. Seahawks – The Seattle "Legion of Boom" is stacked yet again and look
for them to be primed for a true defense of the Super Bowl title. The
protection and progression of Russell Wilson is a huge key to success for this
2. 49ers - This team might be one of the
deepest teams in the NFL, but will struggle early on due to the suspension on
Aldon Smith and the Navvaro Bowman injury.
Also, offensively the 9ers have not been able to find an offensive rhythm
in the pre-season and this could lead to an ugly start.
3. Cardinals – Do not count out head coach
Bruce Arians and his cerebral approach to football. The Cards had a great year last year, but they
cannot lose anymore key players to injury. I would not be surprised to see the Cards to be number two in the division over the 9ers.
4. Rams – This is the team that is one
of the biggest wild cards heading into the 2014/15 NFL season. The Rams are sporting one of the best
defensive lines in the NFL and barring the consistency and health of Sam
Bradford (out for season) the Rams should be right in the mix for a playoff
spot. Nothing will come easy being in one of the toughest divisions in
1. Packers – Aaron Rodgers is looking
primed to have his best season yet for the Pack and that is scary for the
opposition. With so many weapons around
him and the deadly running Eddie Lacy they look absolutely unstoppable on
offense. The addition of Ha Ha Clinton Dix should help make this defense much more efficient.
2. Bears – Jay Cutler is the key that
makes this engine drive. The Chicago Bears offense is so talented, but to
be in Super Bowl conversations Jay Cutler is going to need to stay healthy and
limit the stupid turnovers. Defensively
all three aspects of the pass rush, linebacker play, and secondary improvement
are going to be needed if they intend to be able to stop anyone. Hopefully playing in such a tough division
will help season this team for an extended playoff run.
3. Lions – New head coach Jim Caldwell needs
to get Matthew Stafford on another level, but I just do not see that
happening. The Lions have so many
weapons throughout the offensive depth chart, but consistency will be a huge
key to success for Detroit in a tough NFC.
4. Vikings – Now many people do not see the
Vikings doing much of anything, but the Vikes have some dangerous weapons and a
new brain trust in the coaching department.
If healthy the Vikings will be a team absolutely no one will want to
face in the 2014/15 season.
1. Saints - Surprisingly they are in this
spot thanks to moves bolstering the defense the Saints may actually be able to
make an extended playoff run. The Nola will be one of the best teams in a
stacked NFC this year, but winning on the road will remain a huge hurdle that
needs to be passed.
2. Buccaneers – New Bucs coach Lovie Smith
has energized all of the Tampa Buccaneers fans in Florida, but huge question
marks remain with the offensive unit and new signal caller in Josh McCown. The defense should be one of the top units in
all off football with the Tampa 2.0 being installed.
3. Falcons – The Falcons are expected to
have a comeback year by most accounts because of the strong and efficient
offense they have, but defensive liabilities will hinder this team immensely. Speaking
of the offense it will be fun to see a healthy Matt Ryan, Roddy White, and
Julio Jones lighting it up in Hot-Lanta.
4. Panthers – Unfortunately for the Carolina
faithful the Panthers have digressed more than most any team in the NFL from
last year. The loss of play makers on
both sides of the ball will hinder this team in such a tough division.
1. Cowboys - America's team will most likely be finishing last in the NFC East and the entire NFC. The Boys will be okay offensively, but they have the DNA of a team that could be a wild card. With such a stout offensive line and a healthy Tony Romo the Cowboys could be dangerous as ever. Also keep in mind DeMarco Murray is in a contract year.
2. Giants – If Eli Manning can really buy into
the new offensive scheme being put in the Giants will be a team no one wants to
face this year. After a couple of
disappointing seasons the Giants should vie for a playoff spot this year.
3. Eagles - The Eagles should be in the mix
due to their potentially explosive offense, but they still struggle immensely on
defense. I am also not sold on the
Philly offense being elite this year and that had allot to do with quarterback Nick Fowles.
Too much weight is being put on the shoulders of Lesean McCoy.
4. Redskins – The Redskins are in the same boat as the Eagles as they have an explosive offense, but may struggle on defense. Adding star receiver DeSean Jackson will help open up things offensively as the Skins have been missing play making receivers in the past. RG III, please learn how to slide!