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 XLVI, and Offensive and Defensive MVPs. In the third of these predictions, PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain looks into his crystal ball.
1. New England — It is scary to think this team could be better than last year's 14-2 squad, mainly the defense.
2. N.Y. Jets — Breakout years from Shonn Greene and Mark Sanchez would help the Jets live up to Rex Ryan's annual promise.
3. Miami — This team could be anywhere from 5-11 to 9-7, and that's all contingent on Chad Henne.
4. Buffalo — The defense should be better, but this team is nowhere near where it needs to be in this division.
1. Pittsburgh — Flying under the radar is probably good for them.
2. Baltimore — That offensive line is a concern, but Ray Rice isn't.
3. Cleveland — If Colt McCoy plays like he has in the preseason, well, they will still finish no higher than third.
4. Cincinnati — Yikes. Their offense could be dismal.
1. Houston — Like the additions made on defense, can they finally put it all together?
2. Indianapolis — I'm not one to bet against Peyton Manning; the Colts are still a wild-card candidate.
3. Jacksonville — Made some nice additions on defense, just not enough weapons on offense.
4. Tennessee — This team is a year or two away from returning to the playoffs.
1. San Diego — I think this actually is going out on a limb — they actually will play up to potential.
2. Kansas City — Aside from the rushing attack, this is still a very average team.
3. Oakland — If they hadn't slept through free agency, the Raiders would be my sleeper pick.
4. Denver — Everyone keeps talking about the quarterback, but that's not why the Broncos will finish last. Take a look at the defense.
1. Philadelphia — The O-line is a legitimate concern, but they have enough firepower on both sides of the ball.
2. N.Y. Giants — The loss of CB Terrell Thomas hurt, but "D" still should be very good.
3. Dallas — In another division, they could be a playoff team. Pressure is on Tony Romo, Rob Ryan.
4. Washington — Front-runners for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes?
1. Green Bay — It would be a huge shock if they don't win this division with so many starters back.
2. Chicago — Just imagine if Jay Cutler got protection and played like a Pro Bowler. Until then, second place.
3. Detroit — Not fully on the bandwagon. Lots to like, but still one year away.
4. Minnesota — Really don't think they are as bad as people think, just in a tough division.
1. Atlanta — Really like what they did in the offseason, especially the Ray Edwards acquisition.
2. New Orleans — Maybe playing second fiddle to the Falcons is the motivation they need to return to the Super Bowl.
3. Tampa Bay — Bucs have to be pleased with Josh Freeman's progression. But they should lobby for division realignment.
4. Carolina — On the one hand, they re-signed their top players. On the other hand, those top players were a part of last year's 2-14 team.
1. St. Louis — Added some nice pieces to the front seven. I'm excited to see what Sam Bradford can do with Josh McDaniels working with him.
2. Arizona — Forgive me for not being incredibly excited about a QB with seven career starts.
3. Seattle — That quarterback situation is a mess. Marshawn Lynch will be counted on often.
4. San Francisco — Did I mention the brutal quarterback situation?
Offensive MVP — Patriots QB Tom Brady
Defensive MVP — Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware
Super Bowl XLVI — Patriots over Packers