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NFC East

1 – New York Giants (11-5)

2 – Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)

3 – Washington Redskins (8-8)

4 – Dallas Cowboys (7-9)

Offensive MVP: Donovan McNabb – QB – Eagles

Defensive MVP: Corey Webster – CB – Giants

Rookie of the Year: Hakeem Nicks – WR – Giants

The most powerful division in football only adds another chapter to its dominance of the NFC by putting another two teams in to the postseason. The Giants are the deepest team on both sides of the ball but the injury bug is already biting, and it could allow the Eagles and/or Redskins to creep up to the top of the standings. Both teams are built for NFC East football, but the Eagles have a more dependable offense, especially when the December weather rolls in. The starting defense however for Washington could be a major factor in the division and if history repeats itself, the top defense will be at or near the top of the standings. Dallas is in a transition year but the organization from top to bottom has a lot to prove this season and it could catapult them into contention as well.


NFC North

1 – Green Bay Packers (12-4)

2 – Chicago Bears (10-6)

3 – Minnesota Vikings (8-8)

4 – Detroit Lions (4-12)

Offensive MVP: Aaron Rodgers – QB – Packers

Defensive MVP: Charles Woodson – CB – Packers

Rookie of the Year: Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions

The Packers are going to take the league by storm this year. Too bad they will not sneak up like the Titans did in 2008 because the performance they put on throughout the preseason was nothing short of outstanding. Dom Capers is capable of turning around that defense quickly because the personnel is already in place. The Bears defense seems to have their attitude back with some young players ready to make an early impact. While Cutler will struggle to put a lot of points on the board, he has tools around him to make it work well enough. You never want to discount a defense that Minnesota plays with, but they aren’t good enough in the back seven to dominant, which they need to be especially if the Williams wall is given any sort of suspension. The Lions are on their way to contention, but they need at least another year or two of quality personnel acquisition.


NFC South

1 – Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

2 – Carolina Panthers (9-7)

3 – New Orleans Saints (9-7)

4 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14)

Offensive MVP: Drew Brees – QB – Saints

Defensive MVP: Julius Peppers – DE – Panthers

Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Jenkins – CB – Saints

Atlanta may have the most balanced offensive attack in the game and with Mike Smith calling the shots on defense, they’ll be tough to beat week in and week out. The Panthers overachieved in 2008 and the end of Jake Delhomme may be closer than the Carolina faithful want to admit. The ground game will be strong and will keep them in contention along with a balanced attack on defense. One of these years the Saints defense is going to be just halfway decent and catapult the team into postseason action. The offense is one of the best in the league, but Sean Payton needs to become a better situational play caller and Gregg Williams’ scheme needs to develop fast if they have any hopes of getting back to January football. Raheem Morris will get a pass this year and will use this season to really evaluate what this team needs to restore glory back to Tampa Bay.


NFC West

1 – Seattle Seahawks (9-7)

2 – St. Louis Rams (8-8)

3 – Arizona Cardinals (6-10)

4 – San Francisco 49ers (5-11)

Offensive MVP: Steven Jackson – RB – Rams

Defensive MVP: Lofa Tatupu – MLB – Seahawks

Rookie of the Year: James Lauranaitis – LB – Rams

The division as a whole is not as bad as it was last year, but there are not any teams here that will be among the top contenders in the NFC. Matt Hasselbeck finally has toys to work with in the passing game and as long he stays healthy, they’ll put enough points on the board to stay with their potential top 5 defense. Steve Spagnuolo is going to elevate the level of the Rams defense immediately with his aggressive blitz packages which will show the league just how good the Rams secondary is. If Steven Jackson and Marc Bulger stay healthy behind a shaky offensive line, they’ll produce enough to put the Rams in important December games. Kurt Warner’s already-hurt wing and the loss of important coaches will bring the Cardinals back down to earth. While a repeat playoff appearance would not surprise, a lot went the Cardinals way in 2008. Mike Singletary is changing the culture in San Francisco but the tools, on both sides of the ball, simply aren’t there yet.


AFC East

1 – New England Patriots (14-2)

2 – New York Jets (8-8)

3 – Miami Dolphins (8-8)

4 – Buffalo Bills (3-13)

Offensive MVP: Tom Brady – QB – Patriots

Defensive MVP: Bart Scott – LB – Jets

Rookie of the Year: Shonn Greene – RB – Jets

The Patriots have been out for blood ever since the Giants took away their perfect season in Glendale. They were primed for a repeat dominant regular season until Tom Brady’s knee was dismantled by Bernard Pollard week 1 of 2008. Now that he is back and ready to go, he along with Bill Belichick have set their eyes on the top seed of the AFC conference. The competition within the division will come from the Jets and Dolphins, two tough defenses that like to play ball-control offense. The Jets are starting a rookie at quarterback and they still don’t have all the pieces for a Rex Ryan defense. Miami will score points with their efficient air attack on top of a powerful running game, but neither will contend with the points that New England will put up. The Bills are a mess on the offensive side of the football but their blue collar defense could keep them close to some of their lesser opponents.
AFC North

1 – Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

2 – Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

3 – Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)

4 – Cleveland Browns (5-11)

Offensive MVP: Joe Flacco – QB – Ravens

Defensive MVP: Troy Polamalu – S – Steelers

Rookie of the Year: Michael Oher – OT – Ravens

The Ravens played fantastic football in 2008 and that was with a makeshift running game next to a rookie quarterback. Joe Flacco is poised for a breakout season and second year veteran running back Ray Rice seems ready to be the man Cam Cameron gives the most carries to. Defenses will be strong when it comes to the Steelers and Ravens matchups, but the Ravens will be able to control the ball more with a top notch offensive line and healthy front seven. The Bengals passing game will be tough to stop but without a dependable ground attack and young/unproven defense, they’ll fade out as December approaches. Eric Mangini has some of the personnel set in place for the future but a lot needs to happen for that offense to score points. In a division where the they need to pass the Ravens and Steelers, those points will be incredibly tough to come by.
AFC South

1 – Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

2 – Houston Texans (10-6)

3 – Tennessee Titans (10-6)

4 – Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)

Offensive MVP: Reggie Wayne – WR – Colts

Defensive MVP: Mario Williams – DE – Texans

Rookie of the Year: Connor Barwin – DE – Texans

If there is one division that is most difficult to project, it is the AFC South. The parity between the Colts, Texans, and Titans is at an all time high with all three of them having a legit shot at taking the crown. Peyton Manning lost his wing man Marvin Harrison, but that actually may be a good thing because it paves the way for the sure handed Anthony Gonzalez and potential deep threat Pierre Garcon. The running game appears to be stronger than it has been since Edgerrin James’ departure, points will be a plenty in Indianaoplis. The Texans have the tools on both sides of the ball to be a legit contender, it will just be a matter of depth which is a major question mark in the trenches. Kerry Collins and the Titans overachieved in 2008 and won’t sneak up on anyone this season. That combined with the loss of the best defensive player in the game will bring them back down to earth. The Jaguars are a team in transition without direction and it could get much uglier than 4-12.
AFC West

1 – San Diego Chargers (12-4)

2 – Oakland Raiders (5-11)

3 – Kansas City Chiefs (4-12)

4 – Denver Broncos (4-12)

Offensive MVP: Phillip Rivers – QB – Chargers

Defensive MVP: Elvis Dumervil – OLB – Broncos

Rookie of the Year: Larry English – OLB – Chargers

By far the least competitive division in football, the Chargers may have the crown locked up by Thanksgiving. If they can play their cards right on defense with all of their versatile weapons, the Chargers will be as tough to beat down the stretch as any team in the NFL. Rivers is primed for an MVP caliber season if he can stay upright behind an unknown offensive line. The Raiders, Chiefs, and Broncos are all in rebuilding mode and need at least another year or two before the personnel is in place for what they are trying to do.
Playoffs

Wild Card

(3) Falcons over (6) Bears

(5) Eagles over (4) Seahawks

(6) Texans over (3) Colts

(4) Ravens over (5) Steelers

Divisional

(1) Packers over (5) Eagles

(2) Giants over (3) Falcons

(1) Patriots over (4) Ravens

(2) Chargers over (6) Texans

Conference Championships

(1) Packers over (2) Giants

(2) Chargers over (1) Patriots


Super Bowl

Packers over Chargers