We've seen this the past four years: the Bengals look great, and then fall apart in the postseason. But they're different this year. Really. And it begins with the play of Andy Dalton, who finally looks comfortable running Cincy's offense.
After falling completely out of the 2012 draft, Vontaze Burfict has emerged as one of the most feared middle linebackers in the NFL. He's coming off microfracture surgery, however, which could open the door for another talented but troubled linebacker to seize the spotlight.
The Miami Dolphins made the big splash in free agency with the signing of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and could see Georgia's Todd Gurley as the perfect draft day follow-up. Meanwhile if Philip Rivers is to remain in San Diego, protecting him with Wisconsin's record-breaking Melvin Gordon could be the key to success in the AFC West.