John Schneider and company stocked up on football talent scoring big in both the draft and free agency. The Swiss army knife, Percy Harvin, will miss a lot of time this season due to injury, but Harvin is a bonus for this team. Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Zach Miller actually combined for more yards, during last season's playoff game than Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.
Seattle's defense hits harder than Mike Tyson in his prime, and has more players flying around than American Airlines has planes in the sky. Earl Thomas is the best safety in the NFL. Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman combine to make the biggest, baddest corner duo in the league.
Seattle has a head coach who wants to win as much as any coach and has become one of the best head coaches in football's top league. He has a general manager who shares this mindset. Schneider didn't just go in for the kill this offseason… he plucked the carcass clean, and this team has its eyes squarely on Super Bowl 48 and MetLife Stadium.
Best Offensive Player: Marshawn “Skittles” Lynch
Best Defensive Player: Earl Thomas
Projected 2013 Record: 13-3
San Francisco 49ers
The biggest reason San Francisco lost Super Bowl 47 was because of their secondary. Dashon Goldson, the best member of the team’s secondary, left in free agency. Unlike Goldson, rookie Eric Reid does not excel all over the field. Reid is a player who plays it safe in coverage and gets stops in the box.
Niners lose Michael Crabtree to an Achilles injury, and an aging Anquan Boldin can only work part of the field. Vernon Davis may be a tight end, but he's the team's best deep threat; you don't want a tight end to be your best deep threat.
The Niners have likely lost too much talent due to free agency and injuries to make it back to the Super Bowl. Unless the young stud, AKA Colin Kaepernick has an MVP type season, this team will fall short of a return to the big game.
Best Offensive Player: Vernon Davis
Best Defensive Player: Patrick Willis
Projected 2013 Record: 12-4
St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford finally has a cupboard full of weapons, only missing a legitimate starter at the running back position and a true number-one receiver.
Former number one pick, and four time pro-bowler, Jake Long comes over from the Dolphins to improve Bradford's protection. Former Super Bowl champion Scott Wells was brought in last year, and former Falcon Harvey Dahl signed with St. Louis in 2011.
The Rams haven't had a legit deep safety since O.J. Atogwe. Daryl Richardson is not an every down back, and talented rookies Zac Stacey and Bennie Cunningham have yet to earn the trust of the coaching staff.
Sam Bradford need will take a huge step forward in order for the Rams to clinch a playoff berth this season.
Best Offensive Player: Harvey Dahl
Best Defensive Player: James Laurinaitis
Projected 2013 Record: 8-8
The 2013 Cardinals would be a playoff caliber squad if they had stellar quarterback play. Carson Palmer is past his prime and has become more turnover prone over the last few years.
Running back Rashard Mendenhall has a big body and speed to turn it up the sidelines. Andre Ellington has serious burst and quickness. Stefan Taylor is a relentless runner who was the most complete back in the draft. The receiving tandem of future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald and breakout candidate Michael Floyd is absolutely lethal.
Arizona lost defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who did a great job of formulating a pass rush for a team with weak edge rushers. They improved at outside linebacker with John Abraham and rookie Alex Okafor. Abraham is getting up there in years and Okafor lacks polish as a pass rusher. The Cardinals defense will have to rely on the playmaking skills of players like Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu
The Cardinals will be a fun team to watch, but weakness at left tackle and the injury to rookie stud Jonathan Cooper, coupled with Palmer's short comings, will have them fall short of the playoffs.
Best Offensive Player: Larry Fitzgerald
Best Defensive Player: Calais Campbell
Projected 2013 Record: 6-10