Hint: It's not Detroit, Carolina, or the Washington "Football Team". Still, there are plenty of teams that are vying for NFC supremacy this season. Who are these teams that are shooting for the top?
Let's start with the NFC champions themselves, the San Francisco 49ers. They might've dealt DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis, but Buckner was a significant cap hit. Besides, George Kittle wouldn't have gotten a contract extension with Buckner's contract in the way. To replace Buckner, the 49ers drafted Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina. San Francisco also acquired offensive tackle Trent WIlliams from Washington, ensuring that Jimmy Garappolo gets better protection this season.
There are other teams vying for the top of the NFC. Minnesota still has a loaded offense even with Stefon Diggs out of town. Minnesota also has a stellar defense with Anthony Barr leading the way. There's also New Orleans, who has Michael Thomas as a dangerous offensive weapon. Thomas is terrific at creating mismatches and breaking for the open field, giving Brees a formidable target. However, New Orleans must overcome all excuses and better themselves for the upcoming season. Their Super Bowl window is closing with every passing second.
Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers, who's still learning the ins and outs of Matt LaFleur's offense. The Dallas Cowboys just added numerous receivers to give Dak Prescott weapons. However, they still haven't inked Dak to a new deal yet. Is Jerry Jones pulling a Dan Snyder here and slapping Dak Prescott with franchise tags the way Snyder did with Kirk Cousins? The Eagles just added Marquise Goodwin to bolster their receivers and Darius Slay to bolster their secondary.
You also know about Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski going to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have been irrelevant for so long that they had to make a splashy move. What better way to do that than to grab the six-time Super Bowl champion? Brady should find success with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin? Plus, Bruce Arians is the master of routes and Brady should have an easier time with Arians at the helm.
However, the team that will rule the roost in the NFC this season is Seattle. You know about Russell Wilson, but you should know about Seattle's rushing attack. Wilson can run the ball on his own when he needs to, but the Seahawks have plenty of viable running backs. Chris Carson (1,230 rushing yards last season) and have a great second option in Rashaad Penny. But that's not the only reason why Seattle will win the NFC.
Adding Jamal Adams to the secondary will help Seattle immensely. The All-Pro safety had a frustrating time in New York with the Jets and should thrive in Seattle. Granted, there are a few things that need to improve for Seattle, i.e. their pass rush. The Seahawks must do a better job at getting to the quarterback. This unit underachieved greatly and that's what cost them. But if the Seahawks can get that reined in, watch for the Seahawks to possibly win it all this season.
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