Steve Smith/WR/Carolina Panthers-Smith is terribly overrated. He hasn't shown us anything. He has only had one season when he had over 10 touchdowns, 1200 yards, and 100 receptions. He is unbelievably injury prone. Of course, when you play for the Panthers, you will be overrated. He has averaged 57 receptions, 820 yards, and 5 touchdowns a year. He has played 77 games in six years. For some reason, he is considered a top 5 receiver in the NFL. Marvin Harrison, Chad Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald, Torry Holt, Terrell Owens, and Roy Williams are all better receivers than Steve Smith
Vince Young/QB/Tennessee Titans-VY has been overrated since he took his first snap. He made the Pro Bowl, but only after many other players passed on the "honor". He is now gracing the cover of Madden 08, which will only hurt his season. He had an outstanding 51.5 completion percentage and a great 66.7 QB rating. Sure the Titans did well when he started, but how much of that was him? The defense and running game stepped up when he was starting. Why would EA Sports choose someone who threw more interceptions than touchdowns to be on the cover of their game?
Carolina Panthers-It seems like every year ESPN and many other sports "experts" pick the Panthers to compete in the NFC, and every year they seem to let them down. Last year, they were expected to compete, but they started 0-2 without Steve Smith. If an overrated player makes that big of a difference, then how could they be any good at all? The Panthers are going to be lucky if they make the playoffs in a weak NFC. The Bucs, if they get their quarterback situation settled, could compete for the second spot in the NFC South. The Panthers have a mediocre QB, Jake Delhomme, and an old defense. I'm sure that they wish Polian was still with them.
The NFC East-Anyone who regards to the NFC East as the best division in football is highly mistaken. Sure they had three playoff teams, but that isn't a big feat in the JV conference. The Eagles are the most recent team to make it to the Super Bowl, but they are geting older and older. The Cowboys haven't won a playoff game since 1996. The Cowboys won't win one anytime soon with Tony Romo, a class A screwup, at QB. The Redskins aren't anything special, and the Giants are even worse.
A Dominant Running Back-Dual back systems are the new thing. Every team in the conference championship games had two quality backs. Out of the top five backs (Johnson, Tomlinson, Gore, Jackson, and Parker), only one made it past the Wild Card round, and two made the playoffs. The offensive line makes the backs. Ask Edgerrin James.