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Pittsburgh Steelers: Final 2014 NFC Projected Standings

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Training Camp has now been here for a week for most of the teams in the league.  Which means now is the perfect time to unveil my final 2014 NFC projected standings.  Here are my projections for the AFC Standings.

NFC North

1st. Chicago Bears: 11-5****

2nd. Green Bay Packers: 11-5*****

3rd. Minnesota Vikings: 9-7

4th. Detroit Lions: 5-11

The North figures to be one of the most contested divisions in the entire league this fall.  The Bears and Packers are probably going to be in a race for the division title, the Vikings are my sleeper pick to be in playoff contention with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm, and I think the Lions are in for a disappointing season this year with the improved in-division competition.  The North figures to be very competitive this year and send two teams to the playoffs.

 

NFC South

1st. New Orleans Saints: 12-4**

2nd. Atlanta Falcons: 8-8

3rd. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-10

4th: Carolina Panthers: 4-12

The Saints are all but locked in to another NFC South championship this year, with the weak division competition surrounding them.  The Falcons should be in for a bounce back year but the defense will still hold them back, the Buccaneers figure to be pretty good but the offense is still in the growing phase, and the Panthers will be hurt by their awful offensive weapons and horrible secondary.  The South will most likely only send one team to the playoffs this year.

 

NFC East

1st. Philadelphia Eagles: 11-5***

2nd. New York Giants: 9-7

3rd. Dallas Cowboys: 6-10

4th: Washington Redskins: 5-11

The NFC East should be better than it was last year, but it still won’t be great.  The Eagles will compete for a bye in the first round of the playoffs this year, the Giants should rebound to be in wild card contention, lastly the Cowboys and Redskins both figure to be dragged down by their horrid defenses.  The Giants and the Eagles are the only teams I expect to be in playoff contention this year, but I think the Giants fall a little bit

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NFC West

1st. Seattle Seahawks: 14-2*

2nd. San Francisco 49ers: 10-6******

3rd. St Louis Rams: 10-6

4th. Arizona Cardinals: 4-12

The West was the best division in the NFL last year and it will once again be that this year.  The Seahawks are going to be the best team in the NFL once again in 2014, the 49ers figure to have a bit of a down year but should still be in contention, I think the Rams are in for a huge surprise year and will make a playoff push, and the Cardinals will most likely experience a down year because of a regressed defense.  The NFC West should send two or maybe even three teams to the playoffs this year.

 

The NFC should be much better than the AFC this season.  At the top and the depth.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up with the super bowl champion again this year.

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