The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.
Last season 8 teams I ranked in my top 12 for week one, went on to make the post season.
With Brady serving a deflategate suspension to start the season, I think it opens the door for some of the other AFC teams like the Broncos and Colts, to get to the super bowl. The Patriots will probably finish strong but I look for a slow start.
In the NFC, Seattle remains the team to beat and were one play away from winning the super bowl. The Packers were dealt a major set back when they lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the season. Still they are deep at the position, and I believe Rodgers will make the most of who he has available.
Dallas has big shoes to fill at running back with the departure of Murray to the Eagles. If he stays healthy, (and it’s a big if) I believe McFadden can help replace Murray. The Cowboys should have a much improved pass rush with the additions of Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory. But the defense did receive a big set back by losing Orland Scandrick for the season. The Cowboys and Eagles should battle it out to win the NFC East title.
Last season the NFC south was easily the worst division in the NFL and it’s not easy to figure who will win that division this season. Even with the loss of wide receiver Benjamin, I still favor the Panthers to come out on top because they should be very good on defense. I do look for the Falcons to be much improved and in the race to win the division.
At the bottom of the rankings, are teams with QB issues and in the NFL, that can make it difficult to win.
2015 WEEK ONE