If y’all loved my 2017 AFC preview, get a load of my NFC preview. Y’all ain’t ready.
So to quote the immortal Slick Rick, “heeeeerrre we go”…
(Note: *-denotes wildcard team)
- New York Giants
- Dallas Cowboys*
- Philadelphia Eagles
Analysis: This division, to me, is a two-horse race. The Giants and Cowboys are two of the most talented teams in the league, and this battle will be entertaining to watch this season. Both, however, have their warts.
While the Giants got better in the offseason, they still do not have a great offensive line and running game. The Cowboys iffy defense just got thinner thanks to injuries, suspensions and free agency. Plus, Dallas will not have Ezekiel Elliott for six-games hanks to commissioner/warden/playa hater/bitch ass Roger Goodell.
The Eagles will be better this season, though they still need help defensively and offensively at the skill positions.
As for Washington, think they are regretting not signing Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal? That franchise tag has not only prevented the team for going after free agent talent, it mortgaged the team’s future to one guy. You’ve seen the going rates for QBs? Life will be good for Cousins after the season.
- Green Bay Packers
- Minnesota Vikings
- Detroit Lions
- Chicago Bears
Analysis: Simple analysis here: anyone not named the Green Bay Packers will have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning this division. One team has Aaron Rodgers, the others do not.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Carolina Panthers*
- Atlanta Falcons
- New Orleans Saints
Analysis: I think this division will flip itself upside-down this season.
I don’t think the Falcons will recover from that epic choke job in last year’s Super Bowl. I don’t think Panthers QB Cam Newton is fully healthy. And I still think the Saints are god-awful defensively.
Enter the Buccaneers. I like Jameis Winston’s development as an NFL QB. He still makes his fair share of mistakes, but he has shown a big desire to get better and accept coaching. Plus, have DeSean Jackson will make life easier for Winston and Mike Evans. As long as the defense continues to improve, it will be hard to deny the Bucs this season.
- Seattle Seahawks
- Arizona Cardinals
- Los Angeles Rams
- San Francisco 49ers
Analysis: This division has “Seahawks” written all over it, but the Cardinals and Rams will be intriguing to watch this season.
The Cardinals have an above average offense, but it is old — VERY old. QB Carson Palmer has only a couple of years left, so unless Arizona REALLY exceeds expectations, his and the Cards’ window will be shitting quick.
The Rams will be interesting from the standpoint of how Jared Goff develops in Year 2. He now has an offensive-minded head coach, instead of “Mr. 7-9” Jeff Fisher. Sammy Watkins was acquired from the Bills to give Goff a legit #1 receiver. So it’s all on Goff because their defense is still talented.
And then there’s the 49ers. Nothing to see here folks, just move along.