2014 NFL preview: NFC predictions

NFC EAST

1. PHILADELPHIA (predicted finish: 10-6)

Is Nick Foles as good as his numbers? The answer to that question will determine how far the Eagles go.

2. WASHINGTON (8-8)

The Redskins have talent. But there are too many questions surrounding this team to feel confident about anything.

3. N.Y. GIANTS (6-10)

It’s hard to get too down on this team. The Giants have some talent. They need to figure out how to put it together.

4. DALLAS (5-11)

Is it time to count the Cowboys out? They have issues on both sides of the ball that could sink their season.

NFC SOUTH

1. NEW ORLEANS (12-4)

This team has all the talent it needs on the roster. Now the Saints’ job is to go out on the field and prove it.

2. ATLANTA (10-6)

The Falcons are way better than they played last year. Getting healthy and fixing the offensive line should help.

3. CAROLINA (6-10)

The Panthers lost too much at wide receiver. Kelvin Benjamin might be the answer, but he might not.

4. TAMPA BAY (7-9)

Is Josh McCown as good as the Bucs think? If he is, this prediction could look bad come December.

NFC NORTH

1. GREEN BAY (12-4)

Having Aaron Rodgers for a full season, plus a stronger running game, should put the Packers back in the title hunt.

2. CHICAGO (10-6)

If Jay Cutler can stay healthy and minimize mistakes, the Bears have the talent to get into the playoffs.

3. DETROIT (5-11)

There are too many questions surrounding the Lions to think that they can compete for a division title.

4. MINNESOTA (3-13)

Can you bet on a team with Matt Cassel under center? Adrian Peterson can’t do it all by himself.

NFC WEST

1. SEATTLE (12-4)

The Seahawks have the talent to win the Super Bowl again. Percy Harvin should also be healthy.

2. SAN FRANCISCO (11-5)

Will some key losses allow the up-and-coming Arizona Cardinals to jump the 49ers in the standings?

3. ARIZONA (10-6)

The Cardinals have a very talented roster. The only problem is that they are trapped in this division.

4. ST. LOUIS (7-9)

This is yet another talented team, but the lack of firepower on offense could once again be an issue.

NFC PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Wild-card round: Packers over Bears, 49ers over Eagles

Divisional round: Seahawks over 49ers, Saints over Packers

NFC Championship: Seahawks over Saints

Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks over Patriots