That is, the NFC boasts last season's most valuable player, Minnesota's
There are always surprise teams in the
But with training camps kicking off all over the league in the next week, it's the NFC that has more championship-caliber teams and a 39-25 record against the AFC last season, with those victories by an average of 15.1 points.
Whereas the AFC has Denver and Houston — along with question marks hovering over perennial contenders New England, Baltimore and
A look at the big questions for the NFC teams, ranked by predicted power:
Seattle: Can the
No one wanted to face this team at the end of last season, and that includes San Francisco, which lost to Seattle, 42-13, in December. But the Seahawks need to get a handle on the failed drug tests. In May, defensive end
San Francisco: Who will
Green Bay: What's that ringing sound?
It's an alarm — the
Atlanta: Are the
Every team tries to win the Super Bowl every year, but the Falcons look especially intent on making one big push. They signed running back
New York: Why do the Giants have their fingers crossed?
All teams have to contend with injuries, but the Giants are dealing with pivotal hobbled players on offense and defense. Receiver
Dallas: Can Bill Callahan transition from the "dumbest team" to America's team?
Offensive coordinator Callahan will call plays for the
Tampa Bay: Is Revis Island still on the map?
St. Louis: Do the
Minnesota: Can the
Peterson is Peterson. We know this team will be able to run. But
New Orleans: What's the next record to fall?
Two years ago, the
Washington: Griffin can score, but how well does he rebound?
The fortunes of the
Chicago: Is the offense ready to pull its weight?
Detroit: Do the
Philadelphia: First things first, who's the quarterback?
Coach Chip Kelly wants to know where a quarterback's eyes are in live action. But to this point, no one can tell where Kelly is looking.
Arizona: Can Carson be Kurt?
Carolina: Are the Panthers lightweights?
Newton is 12 pounds lighter, and the playbook is slimmer too. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula has replaced Rob Chudzinski, now coach of the