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Leading up to the start of the regular season, PFW will post the NFL predictions of its editors, who forecast the order of finish in each division, the outcome of Super Bowl XLV, and Offensive and Defensive MVPs. In the first of these predictions, PFW associate editor Eli Kaberon looks into his crystal ball.
1. Miami: With the addition of Brandon Marshall, the Wildcat won't be the only big-play source for the Dolphins.
2. N.Y. Jets: Lots of new faces, but Mark Sanchez's improvement is vital for the team to take the next step.
3. New England: Even with Brady, Moss and Welker, there aren't enough playmakers on the Patriots' defense to be an elite unit.
4. Buffalo: Depth at running back and talent in the secondary not enough to offset poor play on offensive and defensive lines.
1. Cincinnati: With Owens, Gresham and Shipley joining an already deep attack, the Bengals could have a top-five offense.
2. Baltimore: With the offense stocked with talent, injuries in the secondary are the only major concern for this experienced team.
3. Pittsburgh: Rashard Mendenhall will have to become The Bus 2.0 to carry the offense while Roethlisberger sits.
4. Cleveland: Hope team president Mike Holmgren has a long-term plan, because a quick turnaround would be a shock.
1. Indianapolis: Peyton and the Colts are 99-29 over the last eight regular seasons. Don't see them stopping now.
2. Houston: If they find some sort of running game, all the pieces are there for a first-ever playoff appearance.
3. Tennessee: Vince Young has quietly put together a 26-13 career record as a starter with two Pro Bowls, but not enough talent on defense for the Titans to make the playoffs.
4. Jacksonville: Jaguars should be improved, but outside of Maurice Jones-Drew, the team lacks the playmakers to compete in this division.
1. San Diego: Their championship window is closing, but they'll finish first by default in a rebuilding division.
2. Oakland: Swapping Russell for Campbell at QB is good for at least three more wins, putting Oakland at the .500 mark.
3. Kansas City: Made smart choices in the draft, acquiring big-time playmakers Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas.
4. Denver: Traded Brandon Marshall, lost Elvis Dumervil to injury, and lack the talent on both sides of the ball to eclipse five victories in 2010.
1. N.Y. Giants: If their secondary has improved and their defensive line stays healthy, the Giants have all the pieces to return to the top of the division.
2. Dallas: A team is only as strong as its largest weakness. For the 'Boys, that's the offensive line, and it could lead to their downfall.
3. Washington: Lots of offseason news with Shanahan hiring, McNabb trade and Haynesworth drama, but the Redskins finally seem to have a plan in place.
4. Philadelphia: Somebody in this division has to finish last, and Kevin Kolb is the biggest question mark of the four teams.
1. Green Bay: At age 33, Charles Woodson can't produce 66 tackles, nine interceptions, 18 pass deflections, four forced fumbles and three interception-return TDs again, can he?
2. Chicago: They may not have big names, but the receiving corps of Hester, Knox, Aromashodu and Olsen could be dangerous in the Mike Martz offense.
3. Minnesota: The consecutive-games streak will end. There's no way Brett Favre's body, at age 40, will handle the beating he's going to take when defenses duplicate what the Saints did to him in the NFC championship game.
4. Detroit: Looking forward to seeing a pair of Lions rookies: Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best. Potential to be Rookies of the Year on both sides of the ball.
1. Atlanta: With Michael Turner healthy following an ankle sprain a year ago, the Falcons' offense should be one of the league's best.
2. New Orleans: Drew Brees and Co. will be explosive on offense again, but it's going to be difficult to duplicate the plus-11 turnover differential and the seven defensive touchdowns.
3. Carolina: If Matt Moore is the real deal, a playoff push isn't out of the question for the Panthers.
4. Tampa Bay: They're in better shape now than they were a year ago, but there's still a lot of work left in the Bucs' turnaround process.
1. San Francisco: Everything for the 49ers looks good, except for that large unknown playing quarterback.
2. St. Louis: A bit of a risky pick, but their soft schedule and strong running game could be enough to take second place in the division.
3. Arizona: No team lost more in the offseason than the Cardinals. Boldin, Dansby and Rolle all will be missed, but no player is going to be harder to replace than Kurt Warner.
4. Seattle: Pete Carroll claims he has a plan, but if that's trading draft picks for Charlie Whitehurst, the Seahawks are going to be rebuilding for quite a while.
Offensive MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
Defensive MVP: LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl XLV: Indianapolis over Atlanta
PFW's Kickoff Issue (Vol. 25, Issue 9) contains a detailed position-by-position analysis of each team, as well as predictions and much more. You can obtain a copy at retail outlets nationwide, or buy a print edition or an online digital edition at PFWstore.com.