Here are my 2018 predictions.
The NFC is stacked with quality, deep teams. The AFC is lopsided, with plenty of teams rebuilding. I'll start with the AFC, by division. I may skip a few teams.
The Patriots are still the cream of the crop, I don't care who they lost at any position other than Brady. With he and Belicheck still at a high level, this team will win a lot of games, and go deep in the playoffs. The other three teams in the east are rebuilding, each looking like maybe 4-12 teams with the Jets maybe winning a few more. Curious how well Darnold does.
The Steelers are similar. They have a lot of experience, and know how when it comes to close games and the playoffs. I think they will lose a few games, maybe going 10-6, but will still be there or close at the end. The Ravens may make the playoffs and push them. The Bengals and Browns will struggle, but the Browns will show signs of life.
The Chargers are the best team in the AFC West, probably. The Chiefs may be the most fun to watch though. I At least on offense. Broncos have a good defense, and the Raiders, having traded Mack, head into a rebuild of sorts to make the team Gruden's in 2019 and beyond as Carr enters his prime.
Jacksonville has maybe the best defense in the NFL, but not much offense. I can't wait to see what Watson can do back for Houston, and I hope Watt can stay healthy. The Titans are iffy and under a new coach, and the Colts rebuilding, hoping Luck can stay healthy.
The best team in the AFC is New England, and while Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and maybe a healthy Houston are likely to give them trouble, I'm fairly confident saying I can see them playing in the Super Bowl yet again.
In the east the Eagles have to still be the favorites, but behind them the Cowboys, Giants and Washington all look like they could go 10-6, or 6-10. Barkley may be fun to watch in NY. I see Philly struggling at times, but still have the depth to win the division.
The Rams are the cream of the west, deep, and young. The 49ers will make a splash in some games, but not the way Garappolo played the season out. Wilson can carry Seattle, but their OL and DL look questionable. I do agree with others though that there is promise on the defense, but a fair amount of if's. Arizona is all defense, with a weak OL. Curious when Rosen starts, and how he does.
In the South this division has two superb teams in New Orleans, and Atlanta, with Carolina capable of winning a lot as well. Only Tampa is weak here. But both the Saints and Falcons are experienced, well coached, and deep with talent on both sides of the ball. Atlanta just not quite as consistent as NO though.
The north is equally stacked. The Vikings are very deep, and Cousins a step up from Keenum at QB. Teams that play like they did last year, coming so close, but retaining or increasing talent, tend to keep that momentum. Green Bay has Rogers back, a likely more open playbook, and better overall talent and may blow some people out. The Bears adding Mack just adds to the fun of this division, though I don't see them truly contending yet. Even the Lions don't stink, they're just stuck in this division.
In the NFC I think the quintet of Rams, Vikings, Packers, Saints and Falcons are all potentially equally good. Any of these teams could finish 13-3, even having to play each other, that's how good they are. I'm going to stick with experience, and pick the Saints to rise above the others and go to, and win the Super Bowl over the Patriots. Unless the Vikings get over the hump, or the Rams do, or Rogers mows teams down late, or Jacksonville comes alive on offense, or the Steelers...
MVP: Aaron Rogers
DPOY: Aaron Donald
ROY: Baker Mayfield