1. Chicago Bears (11-5)- the bears surprised many last season. their defense can't get any worse, only better if the flaws were found. Orton will be more polished as a starting QB.
2. Green bay Packers (9-7)- Rodgers was amazing for his first year starting last season throwing for 4,000 yards, 28 TD's, and approximately 13 Int's. if those are bad stats, what are considered good stats? His OL has issues and Rodgers had a few games where he didn't perform well in clutch situations. however, i expect the defense not to put him in as many of these bad situations as last year. that being said though, the adjustment to a 3-4 will not mean immediate success. this will take time. i expect it to be better in the late part of the games, but will have some difficulty earlier in the games. due to this transition, i see Green Bay going 9-7, having the tie breaker over Minnesota as the Vikings have struggled mightily against the Packers over the past 7 years.
3. Minnesota Vikings (8-8)- their offseason wasn't pretty. instead of getting better, they got worse. this division was very weak last year and the 2 victories of barely defeating the winless Detroit Lions doesn't help their resume too well. the NFC North will only get tougher. the services of Jared Allen and Adrian Peterson will help the Vikings reach 8-8.
4. Detroit Lions (4-12)- Detroit had an excellent offseason so far. based on what i hear about Schwartz aiming Jason Smith (OT) from Baylor instead of Stafford, I expect the Lions to have a better Offensive Line and a better defense with the free agents signed and defensive mindset of Schwartz. however, there are numerous holes on this team that will keep them from having a winning season. i see Detroit going 4-12 this season.
1. NY Giants (12-4)- i expect this defense to be twice as better as last season. Osi is returning and Canty only strengthens their DL rotation. the offense will struggle a bit more, but the defense will carry the G-men this season.
2. Washington Redskins (10-6)- it's not the signing of Haynesworth that makes them better this season, it's having the first year of transitioning their offense complete. this offense showed improvement last season from the year before, and it will only get better this season barring injuries.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)- Although having a winning record, the Eagles are my predicted team to be the biggest dissapointment this season. many believe the Eagles will win the division with good reason, but the playoffs last year showed me that their defense is declining and the loss of Brian Dawkins was the dagger. the offense is decent, but it has issues with injuries. the Eagles will underachieve this season.
4. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)- This may surprise some, but i don't think T.O. was the problem in Dallas. the release of T.O. will hurt their offensive production and their defense is already average at best, which is not good enough to carry the team.
1. Carolina Panthers (11-5)- they will be just as good as last season.
2. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)- this will be a solid team as it was last season, but Matt Ryan is only going into his 2nd season. it relies heavily on the running game to win games.
3. New Orleans Saints (8-8)- i expect no changes from last season
4. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-13)- who's the QB? the loss of Monte Kiffin hurts their defense severely. this team is rebuilding.
1. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)- Hasselbeck will be healthy again and will have the services of TJ at WR. the defense will also be improved from last seasons poor performance.
2. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)- the team to lose the Super Bowl the previous season is cursed to miss the playoffs the next season. the curse will continue. plus the loss of Haley hurts.
3. SF 49ers (7-9)- i don't think Singletary is as good as he's made out to be by the media. this team has too many holes, but you will see improvements made all together on this team.
4. St. Louis Rams (2-14)- It's the same old Rams. I expect Spagnuolo to added young talented defensive players, but this is still a rebuilding year for the Rams. the offense will be worse without the services of WR Torry Holt.