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Leading up to the start of the regular season, PFW will post the NFL predictions of its editors/writers, who forecast the order of finish in each division, the outcome of Super Bowl XLV, and Offensive and Defensive MVPs. In the third of these predictions, PFW contributing writer Arthur Arkush looks into his crystal ball.
1. New England: Tom Brady regains '07 form, puts team on back and carries it to AFC East title.
2. N.Y. Jets: Clearly they're loaded, but I think Sanchez's inconsistency and poor team chemistry will lead to early playoff exit.
3. Miami: Chad Henne will flourish with a true No. 1 wideout, defense will benefit from Nolan's tutelage, but AFC East too tough for Fins.
4. Buffalo: Spiller is going to be fun to watch, with or without an offensive line.
1. Baltimore: Boldin, Rice, Flacco make offense the main attraction. "D" still has plenty of tread on the tires.
2. Cincinnati: Somehow they'll manage to stay out of trouble and make it to the postseason (crazy, I know).
3. Pittsburgh: Hard to imagine the Steelers being fragile, but that's exactly what they are.
4. Cleveland: Not enough playmakers for Delhomme. How long until Holmgren is calling plays?
1. Indianapolis: Manning and Co. avenge Super Bowl loss to Saints by hoisting Lombardi Trophy in Dallas.
2. Houston: Not sold on their ground game or their ability to win meaningful games within division.
3. Tennessee: How will Chris Johnson top 2009? Even 2,500 yards won't make up for glaring issues on other side of ball.
4. Jacksonville: I like the direction they're headed, but Garrard isn't the guy. More help is needed on D-line and in secondary.
1. San Diego: Even with all the turnover and holdouts, the talented Bolts are still the cream of the crop in unimpressive AFC West.
2. Denver: No team has had worse luck with injuries this offseason. I wonder if McDaniels believes in karma?
3. Kansas City: The Chiefs' arrow is pointing up. They'll have one of the better ground games in the league, but I think they're still a year away.
4. Oakland: Trading for Jason Campbell was a great move, but I'm not convinced the defense can suddenly stop anyone, particularly teams with a good rushing attack.
1. Dallas: Might be the best team on paper, but I see them succumbing to the pressure of being the first team to host and play in the same Super Bowl.
2. N.Y. Giants: The defense will prove '09 was an aberration, and offense will reinvent itself and grab a wild-card berth.
3. Washington: McNabb and Shanahan are a perfect marriage, but will McNabb stay healthy and is he surrounded by enough playmakers? Not likely.
4. Philadelphia: Newcomer Kevin Kolb has an abundance of weapons, but I think he will try to do too much this season.
1. Minnesota: Brett Favre just needs not to lose games and this team will be Super Bowl-bound. Both lines are dominant, and Adrian Peterson is poised for MVP-caliber season.
2. Green Bay: Rodgers will guide Pack back to playoffs, but I don't think the "D" will be as effective without Jolly, injuries to the secondary.
3. Chicago: The Bears should have thrown some of that money toward improving the offensive line and secondary. I can't see this team being better than .500.
4. Detroit: The Lions suddenly have a ton of firepower on both sides of the ball. At least a year away in a tough division, though.
1. Atlanta: A healthy Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and improved defense bring division title back to Hotlanta.
2. New Orleans: Super Bowl hangover strikes, particularly on defense, causing Saints to narrowly miss out on postseason.
3. Carolina: They can still be one of the better running teams in football. I just think the loss of DE Julius Peppers and LB Thomas Davis will be too much to overcome.
4. Tampa Bay: I don't see the Buccaneers showing much improvement in Year Two of rebuilding. Quite frankly, there just isn't much to work with.
1. San Francisco: Solid rushing attack and a stout "D." Alex Smith also has several weapons to work with, should he decide he is ever going to take the next step.
2. Arizona: It will take a heck of a coaching job from Ken Whisenhunt to cover up the shortcomings of Matt Leinart/Derek Anderson and a new cast of characters on defense.
3. Seattle: They sure gave up a lot for a guy who has accomplished nothing at this level (Charlie Whitehurst). Will Matt Hasselbeck survive the season?
4. St. Louis: I hope Steven Jackson can stay healthy, for Sam Bradford's sake.
Offensive MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
Defensive MVP: DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Super Bowl XLV: Indianapolis over Minnesota
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.