Getting right into the center of it we’re going to start with the NFC East, home of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. The game changer in the conference is Chip Kelly’s team and how they will perform after being disappointing for several seasons. The Eagles have given Kelly the keys to the kingdom and he has torn this team apart and reassembled it to match a team that plays his style of ball, in essence giving up a pro bowl running back in all of the madness. The Eagles and Redskins will continue to be a non-factor in the division, with the latter possibly winning no more than 4 games the entire season. The resurgent Cowboys and new look Giants are clearly the frontrunners for the NFC East, but look for the Cowboys to capitalize on last year’s success and win the division handily.
The NFC West is so lopsided that the Seahawks can fall into a coma and come out with an 11-5 record. Consisting of the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers the NFC West is a horrible conference featuring two teams in the 49ers and Rams that won’t even win half of their games this season. The once powerful 49ers are going through a huge staffing change and still have issues with consistency on both sides of the ball. This is the same team that was considered to be even better than the Seattle Seahawks, who now rule the division with an iron fist. The Cardinals will make their usual noise but will end up being a non-factor, even if they make it into the playoffs. Seattle will not only win the division, they’ll win the conference and a trip to the Super Bowl.
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In the NFC North we have the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. One of the best quarterbacks in the league is still at the top of his game with Aaron Rodgers, and Green bay is in a lackluster division. The Chicago Bears have all of the right pieces but can never seem to stay on a roll, and this year won’t be any different. They have had a steady decline for years that they have yet to recover from. The ultimate underachiever Detroit Lions has the most talent of any squad in the conference yet can’t put a winning season together to save their lives. The Vikings are woefully overrated on both sides of the ball, and Adrian Peterson doesn’t even want to play there. Green Bay will dominate the division and slide into the playoffs with ease.
Lastly is the NFC South, with some regrettably bad teams from top to bottom. It starts with the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs haven’t been any good since the Warren Sapp days, and are unlikely to recover due to an outdated offensive system. The Dirty birds are a formidable team in the regular season but for some reason falter in the playoffs, leading to questions about the true nature of star quarterback Matt Ryan. Matty Ice unfortunately doesn’t mean the same thing it used to when he first came into the league. Other choking dogs in the division include the New Orleans Saints, a team that gave away their best player in TE Jimmy Graham. Based on the current rosters, the Panthers will walk away with the division, but will quickly be crushed in the playoffs.
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