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By Mike Holbrook

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 ninth of these predictions, PFW managing editor Mike Holbrook looks into his crystal ball.

AFC East
1. Miami: Marshall just what emerging QB Henne needed.
2. N.Y. Jets: Sanchez must limit mistakes.
3. New England: Brady, Moss motivated to perform, but D-line is big question mark.
4. Buffalo: The favorite to hold No. 1 overall pick in 2011 draft.

AFC North
1. Baltimore: Veteran squad that's going for it all in 2010.
2. Pittsburgh: Will tread water until Big Ben returns.
3. Cincinnati: Much tougher schedule will be downfall.
4. Cleveland: Improving but still not talented enough on offense.

AFC South
1. Indianapolis: Can O-line protect Manning sufficiently?
2. Houston: Pressure's on Kubiak to finally reach playoffs.
3. Tennessee: Could finish as high as second in balanced division.
4. Jacksonville: Like moves GM Smith is making to build team.

AFC West
1. San Diego: Despite team dissension, easy schedule will help it hold on to top spot.
2. Oakland: Stability at QB should help immensely.
3. Kansas City: Proven coordinators will help team move in right direction.
4. Denver: Will play hard but too many injuries.

NFC East
1. Dallas: Talented and motivated to be first to play in Super Bowl at home.
2. N.Y. Giants: Pass rush, secondary must be better than in '09.
3. Washington: McNabb-Shanahan combo could be a winner.
4. Philadelphia: Tough schedule will challenge young squad.

NFC North
1. Green Bay: Offense can make up for D-line, corner concerns.
2. Minnesota: How many weeks will Favre's ankle last?
3. Chicago: Desperate moves in offseason come up short.
4. Detroit: Improving talent will make them a tough foe.

NFC South
1. Atlanta: It will all come down to how well they rush the passer.
2. New Orleans: Might be in a bunch of wild shootouts.
3. Carolina: Is Matt Moore the answer at QB? We'll see ...
4. Tampa Bay: Easier schedule could help them rise out of cellar.

NFC West
1. San Francisco: Improved in trenches, which gives them the edge here.
2. Arizona: Well-coached, but I'm not sold on QB situation.
3. Seattle: Carroll's enthusiasm will only go so far.
4. St. Louis: Bradford's a keeper but will take lumps this season.

Offensive MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Defensive MVP:
Patrick Willis, San Francisco
Super Bowl XLV:
Dallas over Miami

Other predictions: Dan Arkush | Eric Edholm | Mike Wilkening | Dan Parr | Michael Blunda | Arthur Arkush | Kevin Fishbain | Eli Kaberon


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