And now, my NFC predictions:
NFC East – Anyone who does not think the Philadelphia Eagles are going far has not been following football long enough. Michael Vick is better than ever, and with a receiving corps. of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin (who is back in uniform despite his health scare), their offense is better than it was with Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. Don’t forget about their offseason pickups, a couple corners giving them easily the most dominant secondary in the league and a rookie kicker who set an NCAA record with his career accuracy percentage playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their final season in the Big 12.
NFC North – The Green Bay Packers are by far the best team in the North and quite possibly the favorites to win the Super Bowl. My guess is that no other quarterback /wide receiver duo will have more touchdowns than Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings. Donald Driver may be near the end of his career, but he is still brave enough to do a quick slant over the middle right into the opposition’s linebackers and safeties. Last year John Kuhn was able to carry a relatively small load, but if Ryan Grant can stay healthy teams will be running all over the field trying to defend the best passing team and quite possibly a top running one as well. It does not hurt that my Chicago Bears still do not have a line to protect Jay Cutler from linebackers like A.J. Hawk and Clay Matthews, and with an aging defense the Monsters of the Midway may look more like household pets this year.
NFC South – Even with the New Orleans Saints having Drew Brees, an extremely offensive minded coach and the Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, I believe they have too many playmakers for any individual to really get in a groove and carry their team to the playoffs. The Falcons, on the other hand, have Matt Ryan (also known as “Matty Ice”) who has quickly become one of the calmest quarterbacks in the game, especially when the pressure is on. Alongside stars like Michael Turner and Roddy White, Atlanta’s offense should score over 400 points again this season, making it tough for any team to beat them.
NFC West – This division is likely the weakest in the league and can be compared to the AL Central in Major League Baseball. Last year the Seattle Seahawks won and were 2 games under .500 with only 8 teams in the NFC finishing with a worse record. After winning Rookie of the Year last season, Sam Bradford is poised to be even better in 2011 with new target in Mike Sims-Walker on the outside. Assuming the St. Louis Rams can continue to grow with Bradford and keep their workhorse Steven Jackson healthy, I see no reason why they won’t win the West by a landslide and possibly work their way into a first-round bye.
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