2015 NFL Preview: NFC Division Predictions

I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Division and playoff predictions are tricky in the NFL.

Every week a team can look like a “team to beat” or the worst team you’ve ever seen. With the NFL only playing 16 games, one could put themselves in a situation to be roundly criticized for picking the wrong team without the benefit of hindsight. 

Good thing I don’t worry about those things.

In the NFC, what it all comes down to is one thing: health.

A number of teams can say that if they remain healthy, they can have a very real shot at making the Super Bowl. Controlling that aspect of the NFL, however, isn’t possible; so I’ve based my predictions on another factor: talent.

It’s all up for debate, but I like debate. So without further ado let me give you something to debate about. Here are my 2015 NFC predictions.

NFC East

1. Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Bradford and the Eagles look ready to make big things happen in 2015 (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Sam Bradford and the Eagles look ready to make big things happen in 2015. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

When Chip Kelly took over for Andy Reid two years ago the thought was he would bring with him the revolutionary offensive scheme to get this team over the hump. What has been confusing is that people didn’t expect him to overhaul the roster to do so. There have been plenty of sour grapes, but this team seems primed and ready to put together a deep playoff run.

2. Dallas Cowboys

3. New York Giants

4. Washington Redskins

NFC North

1. Green Bay Packers

2. Minnesota Vikings*

Teddy Bridgewater finished 2014 throwing for 1,440 yards, 10 touchdowns, and a rating of 98.1. If he carries that momentum into 2015 the Vikings are a good bet to see postseason football for the first time since 2012.(Photo/Getty Images)

Teddy Bridgewater finished 2014 throwing for 1,440 yards, 10 touchdowns, and a rating of 98.1. If he carries that momentum into 2015 the Vikings are a good bet to see postseason football for the first time since 2012.(Photo/Getty Images)

I won’t lie, I had my doubts about Teddy Bridgewater being a starting Quarterback in the NFL (most of them because of his slight build). But he’s got the coaches, weapons, defense, and now the running game to make the Vikings a Wild Card team in 2015.

3. Detroit Lions

4. Chicago Bears

NFC South

1. Atlanta Falcons 

Julio Jones posted 1,593 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. Many believe 2015 can be even greater. (Photo/Getty Images)

Julio Jones posted 1,593 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. Many believe 2015 can be even greater. (Photo/Getty Images)

Pin these names on a board, turn around three times, and walk forward. That’s probably a more accurate way to pick the winner in the South. I’m going with Atlanta because I feel they’re the most balanced of the bunch. Dan Quinn has brought in an energy and attention to detail not seen when Mike Smith was head coach. Matt Ryan should flourish in Kyle Shanahan’s system, and while I don’t expect anyone from the South to be Super Bowl contenders, the division as a whole should be better than last season.

2. New Orleans Saints

3. Carolina Panthers

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

NFC West

1. Seattle Seahawks

2. Arizona Cardinals*

Carson Palmer's health is the key for Arizona to go from playoff afterthought to Super Bowl contender.(Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)

Carson Palmer’s health is the key for Arizona to go from playoff afterthought to Super Bowl contender.(Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)

Arizona might have been a Quarterback away from really doing something special last season. When Carson Palmer went down with an ACL injury, so too went the Cardinals’ Super Bowl chances. Palmer is healthy and playing the best football of his career. That bodes well for Bruce Arians and his team. They will face stiff competition from the Rams and Seahawks, but don’t be shocked if they are in the NFC championship game.

3. St. Louis Rams

4. San Francisco 49ers

*Represents Wild Card teams

NFC Championship Game Call: Green Bay Packers defeat Arizona Cardinals

Disagree? Let me know about it on Twitter. Follow me @DACubbage and we can talk about your beef. 

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