*notes wild card
Lions (10-7). Music in Motown/again; in Great Lakes dogfight/kitties claw to top.
Vikings (9-8). Close wins, lucky breaks/won’t sustain; can Flores fix/the secondary?
Bears (8-9). Fields is fun to watch/but wins are scant; porous D/curbs any progress.
Packers (7-10). No summer of Love/in Wisconsin tundra; soft/D evokes Swiss cheese.
Eagles (13-4). Iffy holding calls/aside, vengeance is likely/so elite, it Hurts.
Cowboys (10-7)*. Dak says he won't throw/15 interceptions... he'll/throw 16 instead.
Giants (8-9). This year’s boom or bust/squad; Daboll and Jones will thrive/or fail, simply put.
Commanders (5-12). New owners, who dis?/Crafty D, patchwork O means/more Beltway boredom.
Saints (10-7). Oil of Olave/keeps the Carr running; deep D/won’t just pump the brakes.
Falcons (8-9). Boo-birds’ high-flying/…ground game? Lack of wideouts eye/of the rebuild storm.
Buccaneers (7-10). Brady to Baker/saves some doubloons; younger squad/barely stays afloat.
Panthers (6-11). Young Bryce scurries as/O-line falters; low-key D/is Cats’ saving grace.
49ers (13-4). Purdy persuasion/regardless of who's QB/loaded O will feast.
Seahawks (10-7)*. I was wrong about/Geno; offbeat Gulls win with/excess receivers.
Rams (7-10). Absurd dead cap space/aging Stafford and Donald/not bad… but a mess.
Cardinals (3-14). Marquise attraction/wideout carries O while/Kyler recovers.
Bengals (12-5). No average Joes/here; win-now mindset gives Chase/but windows can close.
Ravens (11-6)*. Receiver upgrade/(finally) lets Lamar throw/outside the numbers.
Steelers (9-8). Rarely bad, that’s not/news; how wicked will Pickett/be in season two?
Browns (7-10). D upgrades help, but/Watson rubs us the wrong way/even with a Chubb.
Bills (14-3). If Hyde, Poyer, and/Von can stay healthy, they’ll break/records (and tables).
Dolphins (12-5)*. Tua is ready/assuming he’s healthy, or/he’ll die on his Hill.
Jets (10-7)*. Does Rodgers play out/of pocket… or a cave? There’s/something in the Sauce.
Patriots (7-10). How the tables turn/Mac must attack, or Kraft will/Jones for a rebuild.
Jaguars (10-7). Lawrence won’t welk; new/targets burnish his Pro Bowl/case. Cue the bubbles!
Titans (8-9). Levis better learn/quick; solid D can’t cover/atrocious O-line.
Colts (6-11). It’s Tony Dimes’ time/run-happy O obscures young/buck under center.
Texans (5-12). Young with upside, yet/briskly cowed by injuries/new O-line might stun.
Chiefs (14-3). Youthful D is boom/or bust; with Mahomes, they’ll romp/the West anyway.
Chargers (11-6)*. Color me shocked if/they win a playoff game for/once; Horse Knob Herbert?
Broncos (8-9). Forget the diva/treatment, Peyton will force Russ/to earn his paycheck.
Raiders (5-12). Too many Pats’ hand/me downs (Jimmy G, Hoyer)/hold back Josh Jacobs.
NFL MVP: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
Offensive POY: Christian McCaffrey, Niners
Defensive POY: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Jets
Offensive ROY: Bijan Robinson, Falcons
Defensive ROY: Jalen Carter, Eagles
First Head Coach Fired: Josh McDaniels, Raiders
Super Bowl LVIII: Niners 30, Bills 26