1. Cardinals - Arizona had one of the best regular seasons in the league last season, they just fell apart once pitted against the Superbowl bound Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals bolstered their already stout defensive unit by adding Chandler Jones and should be on track for another shot at getting Carson Palmer his long awaited Superbowl trip this season (that is as long as he can stay healthy)
2. Steelers - Speaking of health, that was the one thing holding Pittsburgh back all season long last year. If this explosive offense can stay on the field, there's no reason they shouldn't be high stepping their way to home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
3. Cowboys - With Dallas' season derailed a year ago by Tony Romo's back injury, this year the Cowboys have invested even more in their league-best offensive line by amping up the run game with rookie standout Ezekiel Elliott (already an easy favorite to win ROTY) and division rival Alfred Morris jumping in the backfield.
4. Patriots - Outside of the 4 games without Brady, expect the Pats to roll through the AFC East, business as usual. And their quiet offseason addition of Martellus Bennet could restore the Patriots' 1-2 tight end punch that got locked away with Aaron Hernandez.
5. Panthers - Carolina had a hell of a season last year. Well, except for that whole Superbowl thing. And then unexpectedly losing Josh Norman in free agency. But MVP Cam Newton gets his #1 receiver in Kelvin Benjamin this year so at least there's that.
6. Seahawks - Losing Marshawn Lynch to early retirement is huge but this may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Seattle. When fully unleashed from their otherwise conservative offensive play calling, Russell Wilson showed real strides as the Seahawks primary option and could really have a breakout year if the offense starts to hinge more on his production than the run game's.
7. Bengals - Cinci ended their season a year ago in one of the uglier playoff losses I can recall. It was a dogfight and to come out on the losing end to an inferior divisional opponent has to sting. Almost as much as losing Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu. But the Bengals will be right back in the thick of things, but you really can't blame anyone not expecting to see them past the first round of the playoffs at this point.
8. Giants - New York finally got it's regime change but let's be honest, Coughlin isn't the reason the defense has evaporated. The emergence of Odelle Beckham has revitalized this otherwise spiraling franchise and propelled them back into the forefront of viable Superbowl contenders.
9. Vikings - Minnesota has built one hell of a young and dominant defensive unit. Now, as is almost always the case in Minnesota, they just need the offense to match. The team really needs to make a deep playoff push while they have their young talent on rookie contracts but all of that will be riding on the growth (or regression) of Teddy Bridgewater.
10. Packers - Green Bay should have all of their injured receivers back and ready to go this season to try and take back the NFC North from the surging Vikings but Rogers can't quite do it on his own anymore.
11. Chiefs - KC's reluctancy to lock up their defensive superstars to long term deals should have Chief fans concerned, especially considering how feeble their offensive stars are. But in the short-term, this team should be right back where they were a year ago - a viable threat, but most likely an early postseason exit due to their limited offense.
12. Jets - Regardless of Ryan Fitzpatrick's hold-out, New York's defense is good enough to equal last year's performance, if not improve upon it. And with Matt Forte in the backfield instead of Chris Ivory, the team could easily get by with Geno Smith if they had to.
13. Raiders - Oakland has very quickly rebuilt themselves into a formidable opponent with a bright future in their franchise quarterback and star receiver. The defense still needs some work but this team is quickly on the rise.
14. Broncos - Obviously losing Peyton Manning is never ideal but heading into your season with Mark Sanchez defending your Superbowl trophy? I don't care how good your defense is, this team is going to struggle this year and if the Chargers can rebound from last year's horrendous season, I could definitely see Denver going from first to last in the AFC West.
15. Redskins - In a few years I think Washington will thanking their lucky stars Kirk Cousins didn't accept the extension the Redskins offered him. Don't get me wrong, he's a serviceable starter but a long-term franchise quarterback? I don't think so.
16. Bills - Tyrod Taylor has shown a ton of promise for Buffalo and could definitely help to put this team over and out of their playoff drought.
17. Houston - The Texans limped into the playoffs last season thanks mostly to Andrew Luck's absence from the Colt's starting lineup but I do think no matter how bad Osweiler is, he can't be worse than Mallet or Hoyer. And when you have DeAndre Hopkins, does it really even matter?
18. Rams - Their first year in L.A. the Rams could certainly make some noise with Todd Gurley and Jared Goff behind center. Sadly, their underrated defense is starting to erode from under them when they finally have an offensive unit worth mentioning. Expect another 8-8 or 7-9 finish from Jeff Fisher, who's seemingly built a career on them.
19. Colts - I'm a fan of Andrew Luck but making him the highest paid player in the league this early in his career? And deciding to keep both your GM and Head Coach after all the front office turmoil that occurred last season? The Colts have a ton of issues and seemingly addressed none of them this season but because they play in such a dreadful division and have one of the best quarterbacks in the game, they'll probably be in the playoff hunt anyways.
20. Jaguars - Jacksonville is quickly building one of the most explosive offensive units in the league. Sadly, their defense is still a ways off. The team could catch Indy in a year or two but they're still not solid enough to make the move just yet. Especially with all of their first round draft picks getting hurt before the season even starts.
21. Chargers - San Diego lost a ton of close games last year and with a healthier defense I imagine the team will look a lot more competitive this season.
22. Falcons - Atlanta seemed to have everything lined up for a big season last year, then just fell off the side of the Earth as if it was flat. The offense is almost entirely centered on Julio Jones and at this point, Matt Ryan needs to prove he can do something more to lead this team when needed.
23. Ravens - Baltimore's got a lot of talent in their receiving corps, the problem is getting Joe Flacco enough time to launch it to any of them. The offensive line has been a huge problem as has Flacco's ability to perform under pressure.
24. Buccaneers - Tampa ended the Lovie Smith era a little too soon in my opinion but whatever. The team still has an incredible offensive unit and if the defense can continue to improve this team shouldn't be too far out of contention for long.
25. Lions - Calvin Johnson made Matthew Stafford. Without Megatron on the field, Detroit fans are in for a rude fucking awakening this season.
26. Dolphins - Miami spends so much damn money every offseason on aging names that don't warrant the contracts they bring. This year's bounty brings them Mario Williams, Kiko Alonso, Arian Foster and Byron Maxwell. It's gonna be an awful year to be a Miami sports fan with this washed up Dolphins squad and Dwayne Wade leaving town for the Bulls.
27. Saints - New Orleans decided to double down on their huge commitment to Brees and Peyton this offseason and if you've been paying attention, signing up for more of the same from this duo is only going to result in more and more losses the further Brees falls from his prime.
28. Eagles - Philly has made some stunningly desperate moves the past few off seasons and this year is no different. The team seems to have no idea how to rescue it's roster other than getting rid of everything tied to Chip Kelly. Except that damn Sam Bradford, he's lingering around the facility like an awful Andy Reid fart.
29. Bears - Losing Forte seemed inevitable for the Bears but the contract disputes with Jeffrey seem to spell disaster for the future of this franchise without many franchise players left.
30. 49ers - It'll be interesting to see if Chip Kelly can salvage what's left of Colin Kaepernick. Or vice versa. Either way, San Francisco is a looooooooooooooooong way from where Jim Harbaugh left them and bringing in Kelly won't fix any of that.
31. Titans - I'm incredibly interesting in seeing where Mariota's career takes him but until the Titans start investing in rebuilding their wretched defense, it won't matter what he does.
32. Browns - At least Lebron got Cleveland a ring....