The Seattle Seahawks looks poised to make another run at the Super Bowl. They are still the team to beat coming out of the NFC. Teams recently who have won the super bowl have not done well the year after, with most of them missing the playoffs the next year.  Seattle still looks hungry and that has been missing from teams fresh off a super bowl. There wasn’t much turnover on the roster and most of the core players are still in place. The defense looks stronger than ever and looks to still be the top defense in the NFL. Quarterback Russell Wilson looks like he’s more comfortable under center and that only makes them more dangerous. The Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr may have stunned the Seahawks in the Preseason but it was still only Preseason. 

The San Francisco 49ers are not the same team that went to the Super Bowl two years ago nor the same team that went to the NFC championship last season. Let’s start with the defense the strength of this team. Earlier this past week it was announced that Aldon Smith will miss the first nine games of the year and that is huge. Also there is no set date of when Navaro Bowman will return from his injury suffered in the NFC championship last year. Next let us take a look at the secondary this year, a completely different starting group from the super and NFC championship team from the past two years. Carlos Rodgers, Tarrell Brown, Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson have all moved on and found new teams. And just this past weekend defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence early Sunday, San Jose police officials said. Are the 49ers moving in the opposite direction will they have enough to compete in the NFC west. 

The Cleveland Browns have "Johnny Football" but Johnny Manziel is not ready for primetime.  Manziel continues to show signs that he needs more time to develop. Browns fans he's simply not ready to save Cleveland and get the team back to the playoffs anytime soon. The NFL is not college and a quarterbacks cannot simply run on defenses  In college Manziel was able to sit in the pocket all day and just throw the ball down the field with not as defenders in his face hunting him down. He is slowly understanding the NFL is not that easy. His best preseason game came in the last game when he went 6-17 for 83 yards and one touchdown. On the flipside the touchdown came against the 3rd string defense of the Bears that many of them are looking for other jobs.  He has the potential but needs to study film, work hard, and be patient. There is no need to throw him the fire right off the top. On the other hand the defense of the Browns looks strong and young and could keep the Browns in some games this season. 

The Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly's offense looks destined to break records. That offense looks high powered and will give any defense problems this season. With this offense they will be in any game as long as the defense plays half way decent. McCoy is the only big name on that unit but the genius of Chip Kelly can make any piece fit in to make the offense go. As he did in college with the Oregon offense he has brought that same fast paced style to the NFL and it is going to take some major work by defensive coordinators to be able to slow it down. Keep Nick Foles healthy and it will be a long and exciting season for Eagle fans.

The Denver Broncos have made the moves defense and they now certainly have the potential to get back to the big dance this year and compete for a ring. Quarterback Peyton Manning looks to pick up off his record breaking season from last year and doesn't show any signs of breaking down anytime soon. The offense will again be the strong point of specifically with Manning running the ship, but the defense is looking to get some credit also. Great moves were made in the offseason bringing over DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib in the off season. The only question in the picture is the health of veteran wide receiver Wes Welker. For now he remains remains in the concussion protocol.

 

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