Dallas Cowboys – The season that could have been. Stud quarterback Tony Romo missed 12 regular season games, and what do you know, they went 4-12. With Romo back in the lineup they were able to finish strong, going 2-1 over the last 3. Now that he is able to reconnect with touchdown machine Austin Miles expect the Cowboys to take the NFC East. New York Giants – After watching his brother permanently shut the door on the one argument you could have made for Eli over Peyton, watch for some potential FU energy from the dorky kid brother this season. It doesn’t matter because the Giants are terrible and with the departure of Tom Coughlin the team is doomed. You should watch to see them get destroyed by superior teams. Philadelphia Eagles – Bleed Green is a catchphrase of the team that boasts the most hated fan base in the nation. This allows them to stay classy even when their team shuffle around otherwise great players under a college coach’s college level offense. Their no huddle, no time off the clock offense led them to a pedestrian 7-9 record. Washington Redskins – Dan Snyder has gotten a pretty good boost in the brand name of his franchise by virtue of the fact he is caught in the middle of a PC witch hunt. Now that we have moved on to other, even crazier social pursuits, the Redskins have emerged in tact with renewed interest in an otherwise middling brand. Will their excellent draft propel them to repeat division championships? Chicago Bears – The Bears been an inconsistent playoff team since their last Super Bowl appearance 9 years ago. Kevin White is hoping to come back healthy from a stress fracture that curtailed his 2015 season. Hopefully some of their joint practice with the Patriots will instill competence via osmosis in this once pretty good team. Detroit Lions – The talent level in Detroit is very high. What has caused them to settle for mediocrity last year was their inconsistency. They started hot and finished hot, but in the middle hit a patch that knocked them out of playoff contention early. With Calvin Johnson, the Megatron, retired the rest of the wide outs need to step up. Expect sparks to fly as Jimmy Clausen is working out against Matt Stafford. Minnesota Vikings – Will the ghost of Dennis Green haunt the Vikes or propel them to greatness? Like Dennis Green, the Vikings displayed flashes of brilliance through Teddy Bridgewater and the future hall of famer Adrian Peterson. Hopefully the discipline of Dennis holds and not like the Brad Childress, sex boat Vikings who could only go 8-8 every year. Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers has tasted Super Bowl glory before and he wants to cement his legacy. Every year The Pack are a threat to take it all the way. This year is no different. Even with an injury plagued ending to their season, they still finished strong and made it to the playoffs. Expect a rejuvenated team to take the NFC North, and rule the Winterfell of the NFL. Atlanta Falcons – Boston College’s interception machine, improbable NFL winning QB Matt Ryan returns for his eighth season at the helm of the Falcons. Under his tenure they have enjoyed their place as the successors to the Saints as NFC South king. Lately though the Robert Baratheon reborn, Cam Newton has usurped the Iron Throne and seated a new dynasty upon it. Carolina Panthers – The brash and brave Panthers almost ran the table last year. Going 15-1 during the regular season, including a 14-0 start, they crushed the NFC but fell short in the Super Bowl. Like the Baratheon usurper in A Song of Ice and Fire, they are surrounded by former champs who want the crown back. Who will win the Game of Thrones? New Orleans Saints – Spoiler Alert: if you aren’t caught up on your Game of Thrones yet you are wasting your life. Jon Snow and the North have the blood of First Men, and they are the defenders of men from the dead North of the Wall. Similarly, the Saints are what defended the NFC South from irrelevance for years. Now they will beat back their Andal oppressors and rule Westeros. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Pirates of the Tampa Bay are the true Ironborn of this Game of Thrones. Even without the flashiest of offenses, this team has always put together a team as stifling as the humidity. It’s small wonder Aqib Talib who would go on to win a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos would have come from there. Arizona Cardinals – Attention all hater from poor all of the states that are poor and hate New England: he Cardinals have the potential to bury New England this season. Their rough defense will be more than enough for back up Jimmy Garoppolo and Carson Palmer is channeling the Carson Palmer that made Matt Cassel cuck into holding the clipboard at USC. Los Angeles Rams – If you are a time traveler from 1976, the Rams left LA and then returned. If you are a time traveler from 1996, the Rams left St. Louis for LA. Even though this is their historical city, this doesn’t sit well with the general NFL fan base who thought St. Louis was a great NFL city. Greed by a billionaire owner cost a city a program they took in and made home. San Francisco 49ers – Jim Harbaugh should have told the press that “Joe Montana isn’t walking through that door, Jerry Rice isn’t walking through that door, and even if they did they were old”. He brought the 49ers to the Super Bowl with a completely different character than the 80s. They are lukewarm about whether or not Kaepernick is the future of the franchise. Seattle Seahawks – Pete Carol has proven that he could hack as an NFL coach. After joining the Super Bowl Champions club he has solidified himself as an all-time great coach who built a pro team and a college team from scratch. He may have grabbed the last parachute off of Air USC, but they sure did enjoy the ride. If they can keep him and Wilson together they will be a force for the next decade.