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    Last updated on 8/6/2014
    Last Updated: 9/8/2014 11:15 AM ET

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    The Predictalator has already played the 2014 NFL season 50,000 times before it's actually played. The Denver Broncos lead the way as the most likely Super Bowl Champions, winning it all a league-high 25.1% of the time. In the most likely Super Bowl, in a reversal of fortunes from last season, the vastly improved Broncos defeat the Seattle Seahawks 52.9% of the time and by an average score of 24-23. Seattle, the NFC's second-seed, but best overall team, wins the Super Bowl 22.6% of the time. The NFC's top seeded New Orleans Saints (15.8%), who only play three games against teams we project to make the playoffs, follow the Seahawks and Broncos in Super Bowl likelihood. Among other teams, only the AFC's second-seeded New England Patriots (8.8%) have better than a four percent (or 1-in-25) shot to win it all. There are 11 teams that win the championship between 1% and 4% of the time, including some teams that did not even make the playoffs last year like the Houston Texans, New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals.

    Below, we explain How This Works and break down every team division-by-division. In each team's preview, the "Most Important" players are those whose play is most critical to the team's success. Typically, they will be young, injury-prone and/or inconsistent players who could just as likely play well and help the team as play poorly or miss games to hurt the team. Also, the Offensive and Defensive Rankings are based on how many points a team would score (offense) or allow (defense) if each team played the same, league-average schedule.

    Since launching in January 2010, this technology is over 60% against-the-spread with NFL Locks of the Week (52-32 ATS), 55% ATS (551-442 ATS) picking all NFL games, and over 60% ATS and Over/Under (50-33 ATS and O/U) with highlighted NFL picks all-time with greater than 60% confidence. Last season, picking every NFL game, the Predictalator hit 57.4% ATS, then went 9-1-1 (90% ATS) in the postseason. And finally, the Predictalator is now 35-9 against-the-spread in NFL playoff games. Check out the Shop now to learn more.

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    How This Works
    Just as the Predictalator plays each individual NFL game 50,000 times before it's actually played, it can also play the entire NFL season 50,000 times before it's actually played. The actual 2014 regular season and playoff schedules have been played 50,000 times, allowing us to compute average records and likelihoods of each team making the playoffs, winning its division and bringing home the Super Bowl trophy.

    The Predictalator's technology is built to handle such a demanding task. Making sure that we have the best possible inputs for players' statistics, progression over time and age, roles, health and playing time as well as teams' coaching styles and weather are keys to the accuracy of the output.

    In general, we apply strength-of-schedule-adjusted, relevant statistics from every player's career (weighted more heavily on the most recent 16 games) to a fairly traditional player development curve that considers age and previous playing time. Not only does this development curve help to set average inputs, it combines with health history to dictate the variance ("boom or bust" potential) of a player's inputs.

    Playing time estimation is more of an art than a science for all players who are expected to see significant starting time in 2014. That being said, gaps have been filled in by our best approximations of average bench and role players on teams.

    Once that math and statistical analysis is evaluated, importing a schedule and running the games 50,000 times each is simple.

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    Season Summary

    Based on the analysis, here is the projected NFL 2014 Playoff bracket. It should be noted however, that this exact bracket only occurred 402 of the 50,000 seasons played by the Predictalator:

    AFC

    Wild Card Round
    #6 Houston 21 @ #3 Indianapolis 27
    #5 San Diego 24 @ #4 Cincinnati 26

    Divisional Round
    #3 Indianapolis 24 @ #2 New England 30
    #4 Cincinnati 21 @ #1 Denver 31

    AFC Championship
    #2 New England 24 @ #1 Denver 32

    NFC

    Wild Card Round

    #6 Philadelphia 26 @ #3 New York Giants 27
    #5 San Francisco 30 @ #4 Green Bay 31

    Divisional Round
    #4 Green Bay 26 @ #1 New Orleans 33
    #3 New York Giants 17 @ #2 Seattle 24

    NFC Championship
    #2 Seattle 21 @ #1 New Orleans 20

    Super Bowl
    Denver 24 over Seattle 23

    Other Info:
    Teams that should surprise (good): Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Houston Texans
    Teams that should surprise (bad): Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs
    Most Important Player (AFC): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
    Most Important Player (NFC): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
    Most Important Rookie (AFC): Ryan Shazier, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Most Important Rookie (NFC): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    AFC East Preview



    New England Patriots
    Power Rank: 5
    Projected Wins: 10.2
    Projected Losses: 5.8
    Offensive Rank: 5
    Defensive Rank: 14
    Division Standing: 1
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 84.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 8.8%
    Biggest Strength: Belichick-Brady Brain trust
    Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front 7 - Age/Health Concerns
    Most Important Offensive Player: Rob Gronkowski
    Most Important Defensive Player: Vince Wilfork
    Fantasy Stud: Rob Gronkowski
    Fantasy Dud: Brandon LaFell
    Fantasy Sleeper: James White

    Miami Dolphins
    Power Rank: 25
    Projected Wins: 7.4
    Projected Losses: 8.6
    Offensive Rank: 24
    Defensive Rank: 26
    Division Standing: 2
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 26.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.4%
    Biggest Strength: Balanced and Average to Above Average Elsewhere
    Greatest Weakness: Linebacker and Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Branden Albert
    Most Important Defensive Player: Koa Misi
    Fantasy Stud: Lamar Miller
    Fantasy Dud: Brandon Gibson
    Fantasy Sleeper: Lamar Miller

    New York Jets
    Power Rank: 30
    Projected Wins: 6.1
    Projected Losses: 9.9
    Offensive Rank: 32
    Defensive Rank: 18
    Division Standing: 3
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 12.2%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.1%
    Biggest Strength: All-around Defense
    Greatest Weakness: Skill Position Players
    Most Important Offensive Player: Geno Smith/Michael Vick
    Most Important Defensive Player: Dee Milliner
    Fantasy Stud: Eric Decker
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
    Fantasy Sleeper: Stephen Hill

    Buffalo Bills
    Power Rank: 29
    Projected Wins: 6
    Projected Losses: 10
    Offensive Rank: 28
    Defensive Rank: 23
    Division Standing: 4
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 9.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.1%
    Biggest Strength: Linemen (offensive and defensive)
    Greatest Weakness: Passing Game
    Most Important Offensive Player: EJ Manuel
    Most Important Defensive Player: Brandon Spikes
    Fantasy Stud: C.J. Spiller
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
    Fantasy Sleeper: Robert Woods

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    AFC North Preview



    Cincinnati Bengals
    Power Rank: 11
    Projected Wins: 8.7
    Projected Losses: 7.3
    Offensive Rank: 19
    Defensive Rank: 7
    Division Standing: 1
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 55.2%
    Super Bowl Win%: 2.3%
    Biggest Strength: Overall Balance
    Greatest Weakness: Defensive Losses (Coach, Free Agents and Injuries)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Andy Dalton
    Most Important Defensive Player: Geno Atkins
    Fantasy Stud: Giovani Bernard
    Fantasy Dud: Jermaine Gresham
    Fantasy Sleeper: Jeremy Hill

    Baltimore Ravens
    Power Rank: 19
    Projected Wins: 8.1
    Projected Losses: 7.9
    Offensive Rank: 20
    Defensive Rank: 10
    Division Standing: 2
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 43.7%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.0%
    Biggest Strength: Defensive Front 7
    Greatest Weakness: Running Game
    Most Important Offensive Player: Joe Flacco
    Most Important Defensive Player: CJ Mosley
    Fantasy Stud: Dennis Pitta
    Fantasy Dud: Steve Smith
    Fantasy Sleeper: Ray Rice

    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Power Rank: 23
    Projected Wins: 7.5
    Projected Losses: 8.5
    Offensive Rank: 16
    Defensive Rank: 29
    Division Standing: 3
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 35.3%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.4%
    Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
    Greatest Weakness: Age and Health Concerns (Still)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Maurkice Pouncey
    Most Important Defensive Player: Jarvis Jones
    Fantasy Stud: Antonio Brown
    Fantasy Dud: LeGarrette Blount
    Fantasy Sleeper: Markus Wheaton

    Cleveland Browns
    Power Rank: 28
    Projected Wins: 7.4
    Projected Losses: 8.6
    Offensive Rank: 27
    Defensive Rank: 24
    Division Standing: 4
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 31.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.2%
    Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
    Greatest Weakness: Lack of Elite Skill Position Players
    Most Important Offensive Player: Brian Hoyer/Johnny Manziel
    Most Important Defensive Player: Karlos Dansby
    Fantasy Stud: Jordan Cameron
    Fantasy Dud: Miles Austin
    Fantasy Sleeper: Johnny Manziel

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    AFC South Preview



    Indianapolis Colts
    Power Rank: 10
    Projected Wins: 9.2
    Projected Losses: 6.8
    Offensive Rank: 10
    Defensive Rank: 15
    Division Standing: 1
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 68.6%
    Super Bowl Win%: 3.3%
    Biggest Strength: Andrew Luck and the Passing Game
    Greatest Weakness: Running Game (Offense and Defense)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Trent Richardson
    Most Important Defensive Player: Erik Walden
    Fantasy Stud: Andrew Luck
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Dwayne Allen

    Houston Texans
    Power Rank: 20
    Projected Wins: 8.3
    Projected Losses: 7.7
    Offensive Rank: 22
    Defensive Rank: 9
    Division Standing: 2
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 48.8%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.1%
    Biggest Strength: Explosive Playmakers (Offense and Defense)
    Greatest Weakness: Quarterback
    Most Important Offensive Player: Ryan Fitzpatrick/Case Keenum
    Most Important Defensive Player: Brian Cushing
    Fantasy Stud: Arian Foster
    Fantasy Dud: Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Fantasy Sleeper: Jonathan Grimes

    Tennessee Titans
    Power Rank: 27
    Projected Wins: 6.5
    Projected Losses: 9.5
    Offensive Rank: 23
    Defensive Rank: 20
    Division Standing: 3
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 18.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.2%
    Biggest Strength: Promising Weapons in Passing Game
    Greatest Weakness: Running Game and Quarterback Concerns
    Most Important Offensive Player: Jake Locker
    Most Important Defensive Player: Blidi Wreh-Wilson
    Fantasy Stud: Kendall Wright
    Fantasy Dud: Nate Washington
    Fantasy Sleeper: Maikon Bonani

    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Power Rank: 32
    Projected Wins: 5.3
    Projected Losses: 10.7
    Offensive Rank: 31
    Defensive Rank: 30
    Division Standing: 4
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
    Playoff Probabilities: 5.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.0%
    Biggest Strength: Cabanas in the Stands
    Greatest Weakness: Everything on the Field
    Most Important Offensive Player: Cecil Shorts
    Most Important Defensive Player: Jonathan Cyprien
    Fantasy Stud: Toby Gerhart
    Fantasy Dud: Quarterbacks
    Fantasy Sleeper: Marqise Lee

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    AFC West Preview



    Denver Broncos
    Power Rank: 1
    Projected Wins: 11.5
    Projected Losses: 4.5
    Offensive Rank: 1
    Defensive Rank: 11
    Division Standing: 1
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 94.2%
    Super Bowl Win%: 25.1%
    Biggest Strength: Peyton Manning (and his weapons)
    Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front 7 (Especially given Health Concerns)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Montee Ball
    Most Important Defensive Player: Von Miller
    Fantasy Stud: Peyton Manning
    Fantasy Dud: NONE
    Fantasy Sleeper: C.J. Anderson

    San Diego Chargers
    Power Rank: 13
    Projected Wins: 8.4
    Projected Losses: 7.6
    Offensive Rank: 11
    Defensive Rank: 16
    Division Standing: 2
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Playoff Probabilities: 46.6%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.7%
    Biggest Strength: Passing Game
    Greatest Weakness: Defensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Ryan Mathews
    Most Important Defensive Player: Brandon Flowers
    Fantasy Stud: Keenan Allen
    Fantasy Dud: Donald Brown
    Fantasy Sleeper: Ladarius Green

    Kansas City Chiefs
    Power Rank: 24
    Projected Wins: 6.8
    Projected Losses: 9.2
    Offensive Rank: 21
    Defensive Rank: 21
    Division Standing: 3
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 16.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.2%
    Biggest Strength: Defensive Front 7
    Greatest Weakness: Passing Game
    Most Important Offensive Player: Eric Fisher
    Most Important Defensive Player: Marcus Cooper
    Fantasy Stud: Jamaal Charles
    Fantasy Dud: Dwayne Bowe
    Fantasy Sleeper: Travis Kelce

    Oakland Raiders
    Power Rank: 31
    Projected Wins: 5.3
    Projected Losses: 10.7
    Offensive Rank: 29
    Defensive Rank: 22
    Division Standing: 4
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
    Playoff Probabilities: 4.0%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.0%
    Biggest Strength: Defensive Front 7
    Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
    Most Important Offensive Player: Matt Schaub/Derek Carr
    Most Important Defensive Player: Khalil Mack
    Fantasy Stud: James Jones
    Fantasy Dud: Denarius Moore
    Fantasy Sleeper: David Ausberry

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    NFC East Preview



    New York Giants
    Power Rank: 9
    Projected Wins: 8.8
    Projected Losses: 7.2
    Offensive Rank: 17
    Defensive Rank: 4
    Division Standing: 1
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 45.7%
    Super Bowl Win%: 2.2%
    Biggest Strength: Not Terrible at Anything
    Greatest Weakness: Not Great at Anything
    Most Important Offensive Player: Rashad Jennings
    Most Important Defensive Player: Jason-Pierre Paul
    Fantasy Stud: Victor Cruz
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
    Fantasy Sleeper: Defense

    Philadelphia Eagles
    Power Rank: 8
    Projected Wins: 8.8
    Projected Losses: 7.2
    Offensive Rank: 3
    Defensive Rank: 31
    Division Standing: 2
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 46.5%
    Super Bowl Win%: 2.1%
    Biggest Strength: League's Best Offensve Line
    Greatest Weakness: Defensive Backfield
    Most Important Offensive Player: Jeremy Maclin
    Most Important Defensive Player: Malcolm Jenkins
    Fantasy Stud: LeSean McCoy
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Jordan Matthews

    Washington Redskins
    Power Rank: 12
    Projected Wins: 8.2
    Projected Losses: 7.8
    Offensive Rank: 7
    Defensive Rank: 17
    Division Standing: 3
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
    Playoff Probabilities: 35.7%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.2%
    Biggest Strength: Explosive Offense (Assuming Everyone Stays Healthy)
    Greatest Weakness: Overly Aggressive Secondary (too many big plays allowed)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Robert Griffin III
    Most Important Defensive Player: Ryan Clark
    Fantasy Stud: Jordan Reed
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Kirk Cousins

    Dallas Cowboys
    Power Rank: 26
    Projected Wins: 6.1
    Projected Losses: 9.9
    Offensive Rank: 6
    Defensive Rank: 32
    Division Standing: 4
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Playoff Probabilities: 5.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.0%
    Biggest Strength: All-around Offense
    Greatest Weakness: Everything Else (Defense, Special Teams, Coaches, Front Office and Schedule)
    Most Important Offensive Player: DeMarco Murray
    Most Important Defensive Player: Henry Melton
    Fantasy Stud: Dez Bryant
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Lance Dunbar

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    NFC North Preview



    Green Bay Packers
    Power Rank: 6
    Projected Wins: 9.3
    Projected Losses: 6.7
    Offensive Rank: 2
    Defensive Rank: 27
    Division Standing: 1
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Playoff Probabilities: 61.8%
    Super Bowl Win%: 3.1%
    Biggest Strength: McCarthy - Rodgers Brain trust
    Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front 7
    Most Important Offensive Player: Aaron Rodgers
    Most Important Defensive Player: Julius Peppers
    Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
    Fantasy Sleeper: Davante Adams

    Detroit Lions
    Power Rank: 17
    Projected Wins: 8.1
    Projected Losses: 7.9
    Offensive Rank: 9
    Defensive Rank: 19
    Division Standing: 2
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 33.3%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.5%
    Biggest Strength: Explosive Offense
    Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
    Most Important Offensive Player: Golden Tate
    Most Important Defensive Player: Ziggy Ansah
    Fantasy Stud: Calvin Johnson
    Fantasy Dud: Brandon Pettigrew
    Fantasy Sleeper: Theo Riddick

    Minnesota Vikings
    Power Rank: 14
    Projected Wins: 7.4
    Projected Losses: 8.6
    Offensive Rank: 14
    Defensive Rank: 12
    Division Standing: 3
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Playoff Probabilities: 25.6%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.5%
    Biggest Strength: Adrian Peterson (and the Offensive Line)
    Greatest Weakness: Quarterback and Secondary Questions
    Most Important Offensive Player: Matt Cassel/Teddy Bridgewater
    Most Important Defensive Player: Sharrif Floyd
    Fantasy Stud: Adrian Peterson
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Kyle Rudolph

    Chicago Bears
    Power Rank: 21
    Projected Wins: 7.2
    Projected Losses: 8.8
    Offensive Rank: 13
    Defensive Rank: 28
    Division Standing: 4
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 18.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.2%
    Biggest Strength: Skill Position Players
    Greatest Weakness: Defense (at every level)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Jermon Bushrod
    Most Important Defensive Player: Charles Tillman
    Fantasy Stud: Matt Forte
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Ka'Deem Carey

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    NFC South Preview



    New Orleans Saints
    Power Rank: 3
    Projected Wins: 11.4
    Projected Losses: 4.6
    Offensive Rank: 4
    Defensive Rank: 3
    Division Standing: 1
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 3
    Playoff Probabilities: 89.6%
    Super Bowl Win%: 15.8%
    Biggest Strength: Brees-Payton Brain Trust (Plus Super Easy Schedule)
    Greatest Weakness: Linebacker and Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Terron Armstead
    Most Important Defensive Player: Jairus Byrd
    Fantasy Stud: Jimmy Graham
    Fantasy Dud: Running Back (stay away for now)
    Fantasy Sleeper: Brandin Cooks

    Carolina Panthers
    Power Rank: 15
    Projected Wins: 7.7
    Projected Losses: 8.3
    Offensive Rank: 30
    Defensive Rank: 2
    Division Standing: 2
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 25.4%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.8%
    Biggest Strength: Defensive Front 7
    Greatest Weakness: Lack of Weapons or Linemen for Passing Game
    Most Important Offensive Player: Nate Chandler
    Most Important Defensive Player: Antoine Cason
    Fantasy Stud: Cam Newton
    Fantasy Dud: Graham Gano
    Fantasy Sleeper: Kelvin Benjamin

    Atlanta Falcons
    Power Rank: 18
    Projected Wins: 7.5
    Projected Losses: 8.5
    Offensive Rank: 8
    Defensive Rank: 25
    Division Standing: 3
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 19.6%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.4%
    Biggest Strength: Explosive Passing Offense (especially at home)
    Greatest Weakness: Lack of Pass Rush (really, everything besides pass offense is questionable)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Julio Jones
    Most Important Defensive Player: Desmond Trufant
    Fantasy Stud: Julio Jones
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Levine Toiolo

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Power Rank: 22
    Projected Wins: 7.1
    Projected Losses: 8.9
    Offensive Rank: 26
    Defensive Rank: 13
    Division Standing: 4
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Playoff Probabilities: 16.5%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.2%
    Biggest Strength: Coaching and Quarterback Turnover (for the better)
    Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Josh McCown
    Most Important Defensive Player: Alterraun Verner
    Fantasy Stud: Vincent Jackson
    Fantasy Dud: Brandon Myers
    Fantasy Sleeper: Josh McCown

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    NFC West Preview



    Seattle Seahawks
    Power Rank: 2
    Projected Wins: 11.1
    Projected Losses: 4.9
    Offensive Rank: 15
    Defensive Rank: 1
    Division Standing: 1
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 85.2%
    Super Bowl Win%: 22.6%
    Biggest Strength: Everything Except…
    Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Russell Okung
    Most Important Defensive Player: Byron Maxwell
    Fantasy Stud: Defense
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
    Fantasy Sleeper: Christine Michael

    San Francisco 49ers
    Power Rank: 4
    Projected Wins: 9.1
    Projected Losses: 6.9
    Offensive Rank: 12
    Defensive Rank: 8
    Division Standing: 2
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 47.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 4.0%
    Biggest Strength: Elite Front Office Decision Making
    Greatest Weakness: Age, Health and Off Field Concerns (Primarily on Defense)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Michael Crabtree
    Most Important Defensive Player: NaVorro Bowman
    Fantasy Stud: Vernon Davis
    Fantasy Dud: Stevie Johnson
    Fantasy Sleeper: Carlos Hyde

    Arizona Cardinals
    Power Rank: 7
    Projected Wins: 8.3
    Projected Losses: 7.7
    Offensive Rank: 18
    Defensive Rank: 6
    Division Standing: 3
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
    Playoff Probabilities: 27.7%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.1%
    Biggest Strength: Young, Playmaking Secondary
    Greatest Weakness: Age Concerns at All Other Positions (Plus Elite division)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Jared Veldheer
    Most Important Defensive Player: Tyrann Mathieu
    Fantasy Stud: Andre Ellington
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
    Fantasy Sleeper: John Brown

    St. Louis Rams
    Power Rank: 16
    Projected Wins: 7.2
    Projected Losses: 8.8
    Offensive Rank: 25
    Defensive Rank: 5
    Division Standing: 4
    2013 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Projected 2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Playoff Probabilities: 15.6%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.4%
    Biggest Strength: League's Best Defensive Line
    Greatest Weakness: Quarterback
    Most Important Offensive Player: Sam Bradford
    Most Important Defensive Player: Janoris Jenkins
    Fantasy Stud: Defense
    Fantasy Dud: Wide Receivers (stay away for now)
    Fantasy Sleeper: Benny Cunningham

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