The New Orleans Saints were the feel good story of the NFL last year, winning its first ever Super Bowl over the Indianapolis Colts. A year later, they are ready to try and make it two titles in a row.
But first, they have to make the playoffs again, and in the NFL, nothing is guaranteed on any given Sunday. So, will Matt Ryan and his Atlanta Falcons or anyone else in the NFC South challenge the Saints for the division title? Will Donovan McNabb's new team the Washington Redskins beat out his former Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title? And will the Minnesota Vikings, with or without Brett Favre, going to repeat as NFC North champs? And finally, who will emerge as division winner in the wide open NFC West?
Read on below to see how these four Blogcritics writers and fellow football fanatics feel about the NFC's four powerhouse divisions.
NFC East: Sean Schiraldi
As Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith enters the NFL Hall of Fame, we are reminded of a time when the powerhouse NFC East was home to the best teams in football. Well, it seems that we are back there. After a monster intra-division trade that sent longtime Philadelphia Eagles general Donovan McNabb to the rival Washington Redskins squad, there is a strong possibility that the division will have four teams gunning for three playoff spots.
The Cowboys won the division last year at 11-5. They bring back the team’s core players in 2010, and with Roy Williams in shoulder pads catching passes from Tony Romo, joining the young stars, WR Miles Austin and TE Jason Witten, there’s no reason they can't at least duplicate that.
The Eagles, who also finished 11-5 last season, seem to be in a rebuilding phase of sorts, having lost their leader, QB Donovon McNabb, and their work horse, RB/WR Brian Westbrook. But all rational signs point to the Eagles remaining solid. QB Kevin Kolb showed flashes of brilliance last year, and Brian Westbrook is not the player he once was. The Eagles are still solid at the defensive side of the ball and should compete for one of the two available wild cards.