NFL 2007: what to expect

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Adrian Peterson

A FULL SPRINT TO THE BOTTOM OF THE STANDINGS. Adrian Peterson will need to carry the load for Minnesota this season, because Tarvaris Jackson and Troy Williamson will be hooking up as often as that kid with headgear in your Grade 11 science class.

NFC North
1. Chicago Bears
2. Detroit Lions
3. Green Bay Packers 4. Minnesota Vikings

Chicago should win the NFL’s weakest division, but quarterback Rex Grossman is too inconsistent for the Bears to be considered elite.

John Kitna has three weapons at wideout, including a potential Rookie of the Year candidate in Calvin Johnson. However, an 8-8 season should be considered a success, because the Lions can’t keep opponents out of the end zone.

This should be the final chapter in Brett Favre’s career, as Green Bay needs to look to the future. Isn’t this said every year?

The Vikings have the potential to be one of the best defensive units in the league. Adrian Peterson should get a lot of touches, but Minnesota can’t be competitive with Tarvaris Jackson under center.
-Kevin Melhuish

NFC South
1. New Orleans Saints
2. Carolina Panthers
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Atlanta Falcons

Look for the Saints to come back with another strong year. After signing some much-needed help for their defensive backfield, they’ll give up fewer big plays.

After a strong off-season and draft, the Panthers will have a better year than last. They have quality players on both sides of the ball, which should amount to a winning record.

Jeff Garcia will lead a Tampa Bay team that had significant issues at QB last year. Look for them to improve some, but not enough to make the playoffs.

The Falcons were bitten by some key departures this off-season. The big issue is how Joey Harrington performs in new coach Bobby Petrino’s offence.
"Jack Hansen

NFC East
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. Philadelphia Eagles
3. New York Giants
4. Washington Redskins

The Cowboys have no shortage of weapons on either side of the ball. Will quarterback Tony Romo be able to shake off his special teams gaffe against Seattle last post-season?

A healthy Donovan McNabb and the Eagles will challenge Dallas for the division crown; running back Brian Westbrook is finally getting his due, and they have a scary defence. The division should be a toss-up between Philly and Dallas.
"James Hayes

NFC West
1. Seattle Seahawks
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. St. Louis Rams
4. Arizona Cardinals

With playoff-tested Matt Hasselbeck, Shaun Alexander, Deion Branch and stud linebacker Lofa Tatupu, Seattle is still the class of this division " but the gap is closing quickly.

The 49ers loaded up in the free-agent market; their offence will be potent with athletic Vernon Davis at tight end and Frank Gore at running back.

Arizona always looks good on paper, but the team still doesn’t have the blocking for veteran back Edgerrin James and young quarterback Matt Leinart is too busy partying his face off with the Hollywood’s A-list.
"James Hayes

NFC Championship
New Orleans Saints

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