1) New England Patriots - they are good, not great though. Everyone is focused on Tom Brady's return, however I question if a 30+ QB returning from a serious injury and an infection, with a baby coming, is going to play as he did in 2007. I doubt it, but even with a questionable Brady, this team is good enough to win the division.
2) New York Jets - Rex Ryan is trying to create some buzz...he is already annoying, but Mark Sanchez may surprise a lot come the end of the season and give a strong push for the division title, only to fall short.
3) Miami Dolphins - they caught a lot of teams off guard last year, however Chad Pennington and the wildcat offense will not be succesful this year since teams know what to expect, and they have a tougher schedule. Also defense has to get better.
1) Indianapolis Colts - tough division. However, the Colts will probably make it just because they do have Peyton Manning. All the coaching changes are a concern, however I see problems with the rest of the division.
2) Houston Texans - really improved a lot at the end of last season, and I just think they will be a 9-7 team.
3) Tennesse Titans - last year was a great year for them. However Kerry Collins is not going to make it through another season. Albert Haynesworth did a lot for the defense, however they can overcome it. But still not a strong offense to win the division.
1) Pittsburgh Steelers - the Superbowl champs will once again have another tough fight for the division. They haven't lost much except for Larry Foote, but they have Lawrence Timmons to step up. Winning the division will be the toughest obstacle for the Steelers. Once getting past the division title, they will be in the AFC Championship game at least.
2) Baltimore Ravens - the only other contender in the division. The departures at the defense, along with Rex Ryan has to scare some. Some believe Joe Flacco is already a superstar. Having a completion % around 45 in the playoffs is not a good stat. If he has the sophomore jinx, like I predict, this team will once again depend on the defense to win games and hope that the offense doesn't lose it. Good thing they have Ed Reed.
2) Kansas City Chiefs - I look for this team to put on a good show in the year and end up 8-8 with some surprise wins. They could even give a push for the division. Matt Cassel should improve the offense, but the question will be answered if he is a long term answer.
3) Denver Broncos - some criticize them for the move with Jay Cutler, I applaud it. This year will be a rebuilding year but now they can go after a QB that is a team player and build a franchise around him, whoever they might find.
4) Oakland Raiders - unless Al Davis dies, there is no point talking about this team.
1) Philadelphia Eagles - tight race, Eagles will end up on top.
3) Washington Redskins - $100 million on Haynesworth is a waste. They will be an 8-8, 9-7 team.
1) Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan needed a better defense around him so pressure will be lifted off of him. The team has done enough so that they can win the division. I consider this team to be a big contender in the NFC playoffs.
4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - they dumped everyone last year. Now they have 4 QB's, and not one really penciled in as the starter. This will be a tough rebuilding year for them.
2) Green Bay Packers - they will be contenders for the division, but won't do much.
3) Chicago Bears - Jay Cutler for all those draft picks? The defense needed replenishing. It really didn't get it. Matt Forte is really good, but I forsee more problems than solutions with Cutler in a Bears uniform.
4) Detriot Lions - everyone talks about drafting a QB in the first round. Well Matthew Stafford was picked first overall, and he has no offensive line to protect him, and on the other side of the ball is a very poor defense. Good luck to the Lions dumping all that money into a first round draft pick with so many other needs.
1) Seattle Seahawks - 8-8 wins this division. I only picked the Seahawks because they won the coin toss I did.
2) Arizona Cardinals - old man Kurt Warner has nothing left in the tank. Yes he was once great, but now teams are going to punish him for 16 games straight. This defense couldn't even stop the Steelers offense which struggled all year.
3) San Fransisco 49ers - I don't know much about the team except I do like Mike Singletary. I think he can bring them back to winning football in a couple of years.
4) St. Louis Rams - I look for the Rams to have the first draft choice in 2010.
In the AFC, the seeding will be:
NFC Seeding will be:
Of course these mean nothing but those are my predictions.