At the midpoint of the 2015 NFL season, our analysts refresh their predictions on the major individual awards, the entire playoff field and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl outcomes.
Bucky Brooks: Panthers. The Panthers continue to ride their defense and dynamic running game to another NFC South title. Cam Newton doesn't have much to work with on the perimeter, but he finds a way to make enough plays in the passing game to sneak past some of the high-powered offenses on Carolina's schedule.
Bucky Brooks: Cardinals. This is one of the few teams capable of packing a punch on both sides of the ball. The energetic defense attacks from every angle, while the offense lights up the scoreboard like a pinball machine. The combination makes the Cardinals the scariest team to face in the postseason.
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Bucky Brooks: Vikings. Minnesota is built to play in the playoffs, with its blue-collar offense and menacing defense. Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and Stefon Diggs form a championship-caliber set of triplets, while the defense has enough young, athletic playmakers to disruptive the flow of any offense.