NFC East

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1. Dallas Cowboys

It’s assumed that Mike McCarthy will avoid the same head scratching decisions that led to Jason Garrett’s exit in Dallas.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

A lot has to go right, but they are fortunate they play in an extremely weak division.

3. New York Giants

The future looks good at quarterback and running back, but there is still plenty of work to be done elsewhere.

4. Washington Redskins

If Ron Rivera thought his last year in Carolina was a rough ride, this first year in Washington will take the cake. Continue reading

AFC West

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1. Kansas City Chiefs

They are primed for another Super Bowl run and as long as QB Patrick Mahomes is healthy, they will be for many years.

2. Las Vegas Raiders

The current regime is starting to see their plan come to fruition and it should result in a playoff appearance.

3. Denver Broncos

A solid off-season saw them surround their young quarterback with more weapons and solidified a sound defensive unit.

4. Los Angeles Chargers

Playing second fiddle in LA will start to take its toll on the franchise, but it helps being in a brand new stadium you didn’t have to pay for. Continue reading

AFC South

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1. Indianapolis Colts

Even with a less than ideal quarterback situation last year, they were still competitive and now adding QB Philip Rivers should improve those odds.

2. Tennessee Titans

They kept QB Ryan Tannehill and RB Derrick Henry while adding Jadeveon Clowney for the defense. Not a bad offseason.

3. Houston Texans

It would seem that Bill O’Brien is safely entrenched as the Head Coach/GM in Houston barring a catastrophic collapse.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

To think it was only 3 seasons ago that they were one game away from their first Super Bowl appearance. Continue reading

AFC North

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1. Baltimore Ravens

The franchise has been known more for their defensive prowess, but they could be one of the best offensive teams in recent memory.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

With a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and a perhaps the best defense they’ve had under Mike Tomlin, this could be a banner year for them.

3. Cleveland Browns

Once again they’ve cleaned house in the front office and the coaching staff. The talent is still there, but will they fall on their faces again?

4. Cincinnati Bengals

The arrival of rookie QB Joe Burrow could finally have them shake off the nickname ‘The Bungals’ once and for all. Continue reading

AFC East

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1. Buffalo Bills

This is their year to start becoming the dominant franchise in this division.

2. New England Patriots

With Brady’s departure it will be interesting to see if another former league MVP in Cam Newton can continue their winning ways.

3. Miami Dolphins

A few shrewd moves in the offseason has their future looking a lot better than it was one year ago.

4. New York Jets

I still don’t think they know what they’re doing with a suspect offensive line and then trading away their best defensive player. Continue reading