Heres a look into who I believe takes the NFC divisions. Who do you take?
In this second part of this two part series, we're not going to beat around the bush with this one. We're going to hop right into it.
Obviously your reigning Super Bowl champs reside in the NFC, in the Seattle Seahawks as well plenty of stiff competition. Usually the NFC playoff picture gets pretty hairy towards the end of the year as opposed to the AFC, which makes for a very entertaining end of the year. So let's take a look at my divisional winners:
NFC East: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Division Winner - Philadelphia Eagles
While on paper, the Eagles roster isn't as sexy without Desean Jackson, the fact of the matter is Chip Kellys offense will be just as good without him. They acquired Darren Sproles to help fill a little bit of the void that Jackson left. Rookie WR Jordan Matthews also looks like the real deal as well as a steal in the draft. The Cowboys may not ever live up to the hype in my lifetime. Talent wise, they have plenty of it. Tony Romo is still a very good quarterback and has plenty of offense at his disposal. The defense turns into swiss cheese on numerous occasions so I don't see how they fit into the playoff picture, though I've been wrong a million times, just ask my lady. Washington could be sneaky with Robert Griffin III looking to bounce back from a sophomore season to forget and the Giants will look to turn things around as well. But the Eagles look like the team to be in the East.
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Division Winner - New Orleans Saints
This is a tough call as I believe Atlanta will be a better team then they were last year even without Tony Gonzalez. Carolina will not win 13 games this year as they have no offense and Cam Newton is hurt and Tampa Bay is young but up and coming. New Orleans offense alone will be the best in the South and should bring them an NFC South title. Drew Brees will have another 5,000 yard season and Jimmy Graham will be a large part in that.
NFC West: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks
Division Winner - San Francisco 49ers
Arguably the toughest division in football, this divisional battle will be fun to watch. And while some of you may be wondering why Seattle isn't my division winner, it's because I look at the moves that were made this offseason. Seattle lost a couple defensive backs from the legion of boom, namely Brandon Browner. They lost a good WR in Golden Tate and Sidney Rice retired. Marshawn Lynch wants a new contract so who knows if Beast Mode will play like a beast this year. Many question marks, but still very talented nonetheless. It was more or less a coin flip with the 49ers and 'Hawks. The 49ers will be without Aldon Smith for 9 games for his antics this offseason, but with players ready to step in and fill the void that he's leaving, the 49ers look poised for a deep playoff run. Colin Kaepernick looks to take the next step onto becoming an elite quarterback and has that opportunity with a high octane offense at his disposal.
NFC North: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings
Division Winner - Chicago Bears
Another tough decision to make. I think, on paper, Chicago has as complete of a team that you can have in this division. None of these teams posses a top flight defense but sometimes a good offense can help a subpar defense. Detroit could be a sneaky team this season as they have bolstered their offense with a receiver to help out a now healthy Calvin Johnson in Golden Tate along with a good group of running backs. Green Bay will have something to say about the division this year as well. Never count out Aaron Rodgers, ever. Minnesota may stay in a ton of games this year as well, but I can't see them making too much noise in this division. Chicago takes it.
Wild Card - Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers
Regardless of all the outcomes within each division, this year the making's of being one of the best season's in recent history. This time of year is in a league of it's own and will continue to be.
So there you have it. Some shoe ins and some outlandish pick's. What do you all think about the NFL Divisional Winners?