NFL Season Preview: NFC Wildcard

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Green Bay Packers (11-5)

Last year the Green Bay Packers were overshadowed by Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, but even though they were unable to win the NFC North division or get past the first round of the playoffs, their record would just one win less that their division rivals.

It could be argued that the Green Bay Packers have the better all around team than the Minnesota Vikings, but chances are they will finish second in the division once again with Brett Favre coming back for one more run at a Super Bowl (or so he says).

Much like the New England Patriots in the AFC East, the Packers will most likely fly under the radar this season and ultimately cruise into the playoffs through the NFC Wildcard for a second straight season.

Atlanta Falcons (9-7)

Despite sharing the NFC South division with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons could be a serious force to be reckoned with this season as they will have their three best players healthy (Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Michael Turner) and ready to get back to playoff contention once again.

If they can stay healthy this season, the Falcons might even have a shot at contending for a Super Bowl title, but chances are they will end up finishing second in the NFC South and start their playoff run at the through the NFC Wildcard.

Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)

This season will be the beginning of a new era of football in Philadelphia as the Eagles made a drastic move in the offseason by trading their face of the franchise away in six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to the division rival Washington Redskins.

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Even though when teams make a move like this it takes a few years to rebuild and get back form, the Eagles will be poised to make a playoff run this season regardless as young gunslinger Kevin Kolb will be under center and ready to become a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback in this league.

Along with Kolb taking over as the number one guy under center, Philly has some good young prospects in the form of wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy.

Chicago Bears (7-9)

Last season was an absolute nightmare for the Chicago Bears as they got off to a rough start in the season opener and lost arguably their best player in perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher to a season ending wrist injury.

As if losing Urlacher for the season wasn’t bad enough, the Bears were also breaking in a new franchise quarterback in Jay Cutler and the results weren’t pretty as the former Denver Broncos gunslinger threw a league-high 26 interceptions.

Fortunately, the Bears did end the season on a high note as Cutler finally looked comfortable running the offense and gave the team high hopes for next season.

There is no way this team will be able to compete with the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North division, but they might be able to clinch a playoff spot when it is all said and done.

NFC Wildcard Prediction: Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons

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