We've reached a midpoint in the 2013 NFL campaign. How will the rest of the season play out? Our analysts provide their predictions, covering the major individual awards, playoff teams for each conference and picks for Championship Sunday/Super Bowl XLVIII.
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Jeff Darlington: Cowboys. After so many overcooked expectations in Dallas over the years, I wanted to see the Cowboys prove it before I picked them for a postseason berth. And while they've had their share of disappointment and drama to start the season, they're also playing the type of football, in a struggling division, that'll earn a spot in the playoffs.
Albert Breer: Saints. I have Andy Reid as my midseason Coach of the Year, but Sean Payton should be in the mix, too -- not just for his explosive offense, but finding a way, through hiring Rob Ryan, to fix a horrific defense. One potential killer: The possibility of Jimmy Graham's foot injury lingering.
Jeff Darlington: Saints.Sean Payton is proving his worth every week in New Orleans as he puts this team in an impressive spot one year after their immense struggles. Yes, Rob Ryan is doing a nice job with the defense, but let's be clear: Payton got them here. And Payton will get them to the playoffs, too.
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Albert Breer: Seahawks. The Seahawks still have the best roster in football, and winning home-field advantage would give the NFC bracket a different complexion. But there still are variables here, the primary ones being how much the returns of Percy Harvin and Russell Okung upgrade a couple banged-up position groups.
Bucky Brooks: Seahawks. Percy Harvin will arrive in the nick of time to add some juice to an offense that desperately needs some sizzle in the passing game. With Harvin creating havoc on the perimeter, Marshawn Lynch finds more room to run between the tackles and becomes the force that keys the 'Hawks' run to the title.
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Judy Battista: Detroit Lions. Hard to pick against them after Matthew Stafford's statement-making, game-winning drive against the Cowboys.
Albert Breer: Lions. Even during last year's disaster, there were moments when the Lions would get that scary look where the raw talent showed itself. We're seeing it more consistently now. And if Detroit gets in, because of the defensive line and Calvin Johnson, they're a tricky matchup for anyone.