1. New England Patriots– They maybe without some important pieces on defense, but when you have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on your team, you have a chance to win each and every game. The opener showed how focused this team is after a long and drama-filled off-season. Brady was close to perfect and will anybody ever decide to defend Rob Gronkowski? Nine times out of ten, he will be getting the football. He’s Tom Brady’s go to guy for a reason. The defense will make stops when they have too. They won’t have that balance like they did a season ago but they will work with what they have at the moment.
2. Green Bay Packers– When Jordy Nelson went down with the torn ACL, the big question was how would this offense mesh without him because when you gameplan for the Packers, he’s the next guy you make a point of emphasis on outside of Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers will work with whoever you get him as far as a receiver goes. They resigned James Jones which I thought was a huge signing and he will be the number one receiver this year. The defense still needs to tighten a few things up especially in that secondary. The front seven will be the strength of this team this year especially with B.J. Raji in the middle.
3. Dallas Cowboys– We always talk about Green Bay and Seattle as the two best teams in the NFC and rightfully so. The Dallas Cowboys aren’t too far off from that discussion but those talks may damper now after the injury of Dez Bryant. Tony Romo will need to carry this offense just like he did in that final drive on Sunday against the Giants. He’s clutch and showed it there. The running game obviously won’t be the same without DeMarco Murray so others will have to step up. I’m worried about their defense because they won’t be able to generate a pass rush without Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy. When those two come back, they will be just fine up front.
4. Arizona Cardinals– Remember the fast start they got off too with Carson Palmer last year? Well now that he’s back, you see how much this offense has gelled with him in the lineup and if he hadn’t gone down with the injury, the Cardinals would have won the NFC West and there isn’t a doubt in my mind about that. He spread the ball around to his receivers so well last week and even showed mobility. If he can stay healthy, this could be a team to watch out for in the NFC.
5. Buffalo Bills– I was extremely impressed with them last Sunday. To shut down a high-octane offense like the
Colts and show balance on the offense side of the ball was something to watch. The Bills may finally have their guy in Tyrod Taylor who showed us that he’s more than capable of throwing the ball from the pocket and not depending on the run to make plays.