Without further ado, let's wrap up all this prediction madness with our NFC Power Poll. These were the aggregate rankings of our NFL season predictions from all our writers. The team's overall ranking is in parenthesis:
Two Around the NFL writers have the Cardinals in the playoffs. I also put Chicago in, while Chris Wesseling has Detroit getting a wild card spot. Everyone but me has the 49ers making it to the playoffs. The 49ers have been a top-shelf team since Jim Harbaugh arrived, but there are some storm clouds brewing in addition to a depleted defensive roster.
In the mix
It wouldn't be that big of a surprise if any of these teams made the playoffs. The Bucs and Vikings look very frisky because of new defensive-minded coaches who we trust. With a few breaks, they could win 10 games. The Giants and Redskins' offenses should improve as the season wears on. Like the rest of the NFC East, there is an opportunity to make a push with wins in the division.