The NFC has turned into the power
conference in the NFL. While the AFC has just a few teams at the top, the NFC
is much more balanced. For proof, just look at the Giants' success last
season. Without further ado, here are my preseason power rankings in
Bay Packers +250 NFC, +500 Super Bowl
surprises here. The Packers are the kings of the NFC for now and, according to
the NFL futures odds, they are the favorites to win it. With Aaron Rodgers under
center, you don’t need much else, but they have it. If their defense can
improve from last season, watch out.
Francisco 49ers +350 NFC, +700 Super Bowl
Niners are my pick for the two slot, and NFL odds makers agree. This team
wasn’t expected to do anything last season, but they went on to destroy the NFC
all the way until the NFC Title game, where they just ran out of gas. While there
were some key special teams mistakes in that game, the Niners defense was and
still is killer. They have improved their offense ten fold for this season, and
if Alex Smith can continue to play solid, the Niners could knock off the
Packers in a title game.
Orleans Saints +800 NFC, +1500 Super Bowl
skipping over the Eagles here and putting in the Saints. If it wasn’t for all the
bounty-gate stuff, they would be #2. However, they are 4th in the
odds, and 3rd on my power rankings. Look, I know they will miss Sean
Peyton, but he was just the oil in that engine. You can change oil. The engine just signed a new contract, and Drew Brees
and the Saints’ offense are both still very dangerous. I still consider the
Saints Super Bowl contenders. They have a chip on their shoulder and, in
football, that’s bad news for opposing teams.
Bears +1000 NFC, +2000 Super Bowl
maybe this is the fanboy in me coming out in this pick, but I don’t think it’s that
farfetched to put the Bears above the Eagles. They have just as good a
quarterback, they have two very good running backs, their receivers are a lot
better this season, and their defense makes Philly’s defense look preschool.
The Bears could surprise a lot of people this season, so don’t write them off.
If Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall can recoup some of that Denver chemistry,
Eagles +400 NFC, +800 Super Bowl
Eagles would have made the playoffs last season and made some waves, they would
be higher on this list. This is the preseason power ranking. Michael Vick and
company still lack the solid defense and offensive consistency to put them any
higher. They could bust out and fly (no pun intended) up the list once the
season starts, but for now, they are top 5.