The NFL AM crew unpacked the question of the New England Patriots' biggest threat to another AFC title in 2015.
1. Seattle Seahawks:Russell Wilson's contract will soon transition from one of the game's biggest competitive advantages to a hindrance. As long as Pete Carroll has Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and a handful of All-Pro-caliber performers on defense, though, the road to the Super Bowl goes through Seattle.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers: Once Martavis Bryant's presence ignited one of the league's most talented offenses, the Steelers won eight of their final 10 regular-season games. They have reason to believe they would have gone into New England in January if not for Le'Veon Bell's knee injury. Mike Tomlin's team is an impact pass rusher and a revamped secondary away from dethroning the Pats.
5. Baltimore Ravens: Marc Trestman is a fine choice as offensive coordinator, but Gary Kubiak's success in overhauling a historically inept ground attack can't be overstated. This offense could slide with Torrey Smith due to hit free agency, Steve Smith another year closer to the end and the running game in transition.
6. Carolina Panthers: Deride the NFC South if you want, but the Panthers were playing like one of the top half-dozen teams in the league by the end of the regular season. After building back-to-back division winners on a shoestring budget, general manager Dave Gettleman will get his first opportunity to join in the free-agent frenzy next month.
8. Philadelphia Eagles: Iggles fans can't be blamed for thinking they would have made the playoffs if not for Nick Foles' absence in the second half of the season. This is a team with few holes. If Chip Kelly re-signs Jeremy Maclin and fixes his problems in the secondary, he can recapture the NFC East title.