New Orleans Saints (11-5): Just as Manning in the game for the Broncos, as long as Drew Brees is under center for the Saints, they have a shot at winning games. The loss of Sproles and Moore might hurt them offensively, the biggest key is that offensive line protecting Brees. Rob Ryan and an improved roster on defense will look to keep creating turnovers as they did a year ago.
Carolina Panthers (9-7): Riverboat Ron made some gutsy calls last season that won him games last season while he was in the hot seat. This year I think the Panthers will fall back to earth quite a bit. Them losing Pro Bowl WR Steve Smith will put more pressure on QB Cam Newton, who Rudy and I aren't shy in saying he's a tad bit overrated. On the other hand the Panthers do still have a very stout defense that will keep them competitive.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): The Buccaneers made some big changes to their roster to help keep the momentum going on which they show promise at the end of 2013. With Lovie Smith as the Bucc's new head coach he hopes to see immediate results in the win column. Smith hopes to improve a defense that showed weakness last year, and we know he can build a good defense. He also hopes with addition of Josh McCown, that he can repeat a solid year that he did last year with the Bears.
Atlanta Falcons (7-9): Will the Falcons make a turnaround after only winning 4 games a year ago? I think there will be two factors will determine that. First is how will this offense perform without Tony Gonzalez? Julio Jones will be back which will help a lot but they also have a running back in Steven Jackson who should of retired a few years ago. They also need to hope they can get better pressure on the quarterback on defense, which Umenyiora hopes to improve on his 7 1/2 sacks from a year ago.