1) Seattle Seahawks- Having managed to get to the Super Bowl in all the last two years, we’ll the Seattle Seahawks are yet again the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl next year. Their core number of players will stay static in tact, as Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch are likely to sign long haul contract extensions this offseason. Let’s look at the defensive side of the ball like Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor are typical signed long term. Yes, the Seahawks need to boost in a few areas. First, they have to add an explosive wide receiver, as Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse aren’t enough to pose a threat in the passing game. Second, they have to re-sign star linebacker Bobby Wagner to an extension. If they are willing to do both, they could be the prohibited favorites to win the Super Bowl next year.
2) New England Patriots- The defending champs have to be a part of this conversation. Tom Brady is obviously the very best quarterback in in the league, looks like it is going to continue like he is going to decelerate any moment soon. LeGarrette Blount has been sensational throughout his brief tenure in New England, and is likely to be back next season. Their receiving core doesn’t have to be improved, as Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, and Danny Amendola have solidified themselves as a decent number of weapons for Tom Brady. And finally, if they have the ability to re-sign Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty, their defense will remain stout. Search for the Patriots to continue their AFC dominance next season.
3) Green Bay Packers- After blowing a 16-0 lead from the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC title game, now clear that Aaron Rodgers and the team are on a mission to have one step further next year. Rodgers may very well be probably the most talented quarterback in the NFL, and this is going to put Packers into Super Bowl contention next year. However, they have to improve on the defensive side of the football, especially at the cornerback position. They also have to re-sign star wideout Randell Cobb, who’s an unrestricted free agent. But with Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, and Jordy Nelson leading the way, the Packers is likely to be among the favorites to win Super Bowl 50.
4) Baltimore Ravens- That is my sleeper team to win it all next year. This team has no weaknesses. They have among the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL in Joe Flacco, who not get just as much credit as he deserves. It’s hard to find any quarterback that plays along with Flacco when playoff time arrives. The Ravens have found their running back for the future in Justin Forsett, but they have to start negotiating an extension with him starting right now. They have two exceptional wideouts in Torrey Smith and Steve Smith, and have two underrated tight ends in Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels. And don’t overlook the defense. C.J Mosley was a stud at linebacker and needs to have won Defensive Rookie of the Year, Elvis Dumervil and Haloti Ngata causes nightmares for opposing offensive lineman, and don’t just forget about Parnell McPhee, who’s one of the finest throughout defensive players in the league. Don’t be surprised if the Ravens end up hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the second amount of time in 4 years.
5) Dallas Cowboys- How’bout them Dallas Cowboys!! After a sensational 2014 season in which the Cowboys shocked the entire world and won the NFC East, the expectations are even higher for the upcoming season. Jerry Jones MUST re-sign both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray in order for the Cowboys to content for a Super Bowl title next year. They also need to bring back linebacker Rolando McClain, who was nominated for Comeback Player of the Year in 2014. The good news for Cowboys fans is that their defensive captain, star middle linebacker Sean Lee, is expected to go back for training camp after missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL. With Tony Romo under center, and with the very best offensive line in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys are a real threat to win the Super Bowl next season.