After the smashing success of my baseball previews, we have NFL Previews. We'll do the NFC today, and the AFC tomorrow. (And I really will get to the AFC this time, I promise).
One more note: I will predict records for each team, but I am making no effort to ensure they "balance." out to .500 overall. If this bugs you, I'm sure there are plenty of "balanced" NFL Previews out ther.
- Philadelphia Eagles (12-4): Concerning that they didn't do anything to make the team better in the off-season, despite plenty of cap space, but Andy Reid is a great coach, the defense is solid, and Donovan McNabb can win some games on his own. Deuce Staley must stay healthy and carry the load on the rushing offense.
- Washington Redskins (9-7): I think Spurrier will be successful, if only because he'll bring some fun to a team that's been toliling under intense pressure for the past couple years. Could be a surprise
- New York Giants (6-10): Team could self-destruct this year.
- Dallas Cowboys (4-12): I love Emmitt Smith, but there's not much there.
- Green Bay Packers (11-5): Not sure about Terry Glenn, but the Pack should win this somewhat weak conference
- Chicago Bears (8-8): 16 road game won't help.
- Minnesota Vikings (5-11): Randy Moss still seems to be running this team, and that's not good.
- Detroit Lions (3-13): On the long road back
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers(11-5): I like what I'm seeing from this team. Michael Pittman looks good in the backfield, but they may have missed their window with the defense
- New Orleans Saints (8-8): Will we see the tough, surprising team of 2001 or the team that had already given up in 2002.
- Atlanta Falcons (7-9): Michael Vick should provide some excitement.
- Carolina Panthers (2-14): Not much to like here.
- St. Louis Rams(14-2): They're ticked off after the Super Bowl loss
- San Francisco 49ers (13-3): They put it all together this year.
- Seattle Seahawks (6-10): Another disappointing season for Holmgren & co.
- Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Pass