With the 2017 NFL season just around the corner, our analysts provide their predictions, including the winners of individual awards, playoff teams for each conference and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl forecasts.
Gregg Rosenthal: Eagles. Any one of the NFC East's four teams could win the division and it wouldn't be a shock.
Heath Evans: Minnesota Vikings. Mike Zimmer's defense vs. Green Bay's offense? I'm taking Zimmer all day.
Gregg Rosenthal: Packers. Mike McCarthy's squad has made the Divisional Round in six of the last seven seasons, and this year's version looks better than usual.
Gil Brandt: Packers. Green Bay won six games in a row to close out the 2016 regular season and has better weapons this year.
Steve Wyche: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yep, I'm in on this trendy pick. This hard-hitting defense is going to cause an uptick in its opponents' dental-implant budgets.
Heath Evans: Falcons. The offense appears to be picking up where it left off and the defense is improved.
Charley Casserly: Falcons. The defensive improvement will offset the slight setback they have on offense.
Dave Dameshek: Falcons. I've had an 11th-hour epiphany: "Superman returns to form" and/or "Jameis is a charismatic leader" may both be true, but they aren't sufficient reasons/narratives to go against Quinn's gang. I do buy the idea of a Super Bowl hangover ... but I'm investing in what oughta be the division's clear-cut best D.
Steve Wyche: Seahawks. There is a frightening edge to these guys entering the season -- and that is frightening knowing how much of an edge they've always possessed.
Reggie Wayne: Seahawks. Despite a few questions on offense, more often than not the defense takes Pete Carroll's group to the top.
Adam Rank: Seahawks. The offensive line remains a concern for this team, but the defense will carry the day.
Dave Dameshek: Seahawks. This team's on the cusp of a shake-up from the head coach on down. I say they go out with a bang.
NFC WILD CARD 1
Reggie Wayne: Cowboys. This offense -- even without Zeke -- is dominant. It's an offense that controls the clock and really boosts the defense, which this team needs.
NFC WILD CARD 2
Gil Brandt: Buccaneers. They are playing in the toughest division but have an ascending quarterback with a lot of weapons.
Reggie Wayne: Falcons. Atlanta had the best offense in the NFL in 2016. They aren't going to drop off that much without Kyle Shanahan.
Marc Sessler: Eagles. Look for Jim Schartz to nab Assistant Coach of the Year honors after flipping the switch on one of the wildest defensive rosters league-wide.
Dave Dameshek: New York Giants. The O-line puts a ceiling on how far they can go, but the D is for real and the pass catchers are sublime.