1. New York Giants– New York’s grip on the throats of the other teams within their division won’t be loosening anytime soon. With Plaxico gone it’s going to be harder for Eli to do his best to prove he is worth his big money contract but a stout defense and excellent defense make everything easier or a QB.
2. Philadelphia Eagles– On paper Philly has a nice roster. But they will have to over come 3 major losses on the defense and hope Brian Westbrook doesn’t break down midway through their journey. If their rookies contribute and the receivers make catches Philly can easily be on top of the division.
3. Washington Redskins– The defense will score more points than the offense in some early games this season. After a slow start watch how the Redskins crank it up mid-season. Jason Campbell is Atlas and the ‘Skins are the world that rest on his shoulders. Can he carry the load?
4. Dallas Cowboys– Now that their downfield deep threat is in Buffalo, it’s up to Felix Jones and Marion Barber to lug the offense. Down side is a dual threat running attack without deep passing threat can only win so many games.
1. Green Bay Packers– This is the year Aaron Rodgers turns into a threat. The offense will only go as far as Rodgers can take them and he has the capability to take the Packers deep into playoffs. A banged up defense was worthless last year but a rejuvenated and healthy squad in 09 means Green Bay is serious.
2. Minnesota Vikings– Adrian Peterson can only do so much. If they had a QB competent enough to elude the pass rush and throw the ball to Bernard Berrian than they might have a potent offense. Antoine Winfield and Jared Allen have already established that the Vikings defense is not a joke.
3. Chicago Bears– To begin the season, the Bears are the third best team in the NFC North. By week 4 the winds of change should have blown through Chicago. The offense is going give defenses fits this year.
4. Detroit Lions– What is more anticipated in Detroit? Matt Stafford playing or obtaining their first victory? 0-16 will not happen again but getting their first win won’t be easy for a team that’s not used to winning.
1. Atlanta Falcons– Matt Ryan’s smoothness, Turners burners, and Roddy White’s new contract will have the Falcons flying high this year. What makes this team extra special is how pure and consistent their ground game is.
2. New Orleans Saints– There are two crucial components holding the Saints back: a running game and a suspect secondary. If New Orleans finds those sometime this year expect to see them challenging Atlanta for the top spot in the South.
3. Carolina Panthers– I think Jake Delhomme just threw another interception! The fashion in which they ended last season can not be over looked. An alarm is sounding in Carolina and it’s not positive.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Another team entering rebuilding mode with a new head coach and quarterback. The 2009 season might be rough for the Bucs, especially within their division.
1. Arizona Cardinals– The entire NFC West has improved. For the Cardinals a repeat of last season is possible except this go-round won’t be so easy.
2. Seattle Seahawks– A healthy Matt Hasselbeck and the addition of the elite wide reciever, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, have the Seahawks back in contention for a division crown. A couple key additions on there defense might have revamped the entire Seattle team.
3. San Francisco 49ers– With or without Crabtree, the Niners still look to be a team on the brink becoming a threat. The missing piece is a QB that can keep turnovers to a minimum and manage the game
4. St. Louis Rams– The Rams won’t be pushovers this year. Steve Spagnuolo is molding the Rams into a force to be reckoned with. They’re at the bottom of the pack now but in the NFC West, all the teams are capable of taking the number one spot.