In the NFC, look for the Falcons to be the next losing Super Bowl team that fails to make a playoff dent after their ignominious defeat. Yes, they still have the talent to contend, but when you add constant change and the laws of parity to their devastating Super Bowl hangover, it’s hard to imagine the Falcons still standing come February. Look for them to come out of the AFC South and fade quickly in the playoffs.
The three top NFC teams right now seem to be the Packers, the Cowboys, and the Seahawks. The Packers bring back Aaron Rodgers of course, which is enough to pencil them in for 10 wins right off the bat. And while the Cowboys did take advantage of a soft schedule for their 13 wins from a year ago, their backfield talent immediately makes them a co-favorite. And what can you say about the Seahawks except that they’re going to be in running for the next five years? They’ll need a slight increase in big plays on the defensive side of the ball and a bit of improvement from Russell Wilson to be a guaranteed contender but expect them to be in the hunt come January.
And our Super Bowl Prediction? Well, we have decided to be wrong about the Patriots differently this year and pick them to bow out in the second round, thus paving the way for the Raiders to face the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl and another Lombardi Trophy for the Packers in Title Town.