- 05/17/2012, 07:18PM ET
Mr Monopoly Man said 05/17, 07:18 PM
NFC East - Philly
Last season, Philly struggled early before coming on strong for end the season and just barely missing the playoffs. Their defense was the real weakness last year, but they have addressed that by trading for Ryan and spending three picks in the first two rounds on their defense.
NFC North - Green Bay
The most talented team in not just the NFC but the entire NFL, the Packers drafted smart to address their defense. The offense remains largely the same, so they will without a doubt be a Super Bowl favorite.
NFC South - New Orleans
Brees' long term future is in doubt, but it's unlikely he skips an entire season. Add in the talent they've signed this offseason to offset their loses, and they should be the favorite to repeat in the South.
NFC West - San Francisco
One of the best defenses in the NFL, this team added a handful of weapons on offense to help make them more dangerous. This team has SB aspirations, and they shouldn't have a problem making it out of the West.
WC 1 - Detroit Lions
They've made steps in the right direction.
WC 2 - Dallas Cowboys
They have talent, and begun to address areas their weaknesses.
Dyhard is a certified stoner said 05/18, 12:13 AM
With the way New Orleans is going to be this season, losing Sean Payton, having the contract problems with Drew Brees and some other losses for their season due to the bounty program they had, I see the Saints falling behind the Falcons. Atlanta will finally get their offense going again & that will be their driving force in winning games and winning the division. Matt Ryan & Roddy White are nothing to just skip past. John Abraham is a very good pass-rush d-lineman and will be able to get to the opposing QB rather easily this season, in my opinion.
I find it rather strange that you have the Giants going from Super Bowl winners to finishing 3rd (at least) in their division. Sorry, but I don't see that happening. I think that Philadelphia is finally going to live up to the hype & win the division this season. The Giants are going to overcome the Cowboys, who are going to end up missing out by 1 game & the Cowboys will move on from having Romo quarterback their team. Giants have a great offense &, as long as they stay healthy, have a strong defense. They'll push Philly for the division title.
Mr Monopoly Man said 05/18, 01:27 PM
New Orleans only loses Vilma and Smith to suspensions, but Vilma was replaced (and upgraded) by Curtis Lofton, an excellent ILB whom they stole from none other than Atlanta. Abraham is average, and Atlanta didn't even want to resign him that badly. Looking at who each team added and lost, it seems the Falcons D has taken more steps back than the Saints.
Brees' contract might not be sorted out, but he won't sit a whole year. And considering Brees is one of the best in the league, I trust him to be able to lead one of the most outstanding offenses to the playoffs ahead of Atlanta. There's no way they miss the playoffs, and if I had to pick between the two (NO and ATL) it's an easy choice NO.
I do, considering they won the division by a single game and hardly looked to be the best team. They lost some key weapons on offense (Jacobs and Manningham). Who knows if Cruz can repeat? Aaron Ross is gone, further weakening their already dreadful secondary. Dallas is more talented, and has finally addressed their weaknesses. They've added two great CBs and quietly added Connor at ILB. Nobody doubts their offense, and the D is catching up. Dallas over NYG.
Dyhard is a certified stoner said 05/18, 04:48 PM
While the Saints "only" lost Vilma & Smith to suspensions, you have to remember their other losses this off-season including their head coach being suspended the entire season & Robert Meachem signing with the Chargers.
Brees is franchised, so while he isn't going to sit all season, it's going to cause a rather large distraction. Plus, what kind of schemes is this team going to have with Joe Vitt running the show as interim HC? It's not nearly the same as Sean Payton. You can see from last year how the Saints struggled when Payton was up in the press box instead of on the field!
The Giants were dealing with injuries for a lot of last season. Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham (who they don't need) and others on both sides of the ball. They aren't making many changes to the front, which is good. They still have a solid team. Besides Brandon Carr, who I don't consider "great" who was the other CB they signed? They don't have front 7 that'll compete with the Giants' & their offense isn't as powerful. Tony Romo isn't getting it done this season.
Speaking of losing WRs, what about Robinson going to Jacksonville? That'll hurt more than Manningham leaving.
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