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    Last Updated 8/6/2015

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    The Predictalator has already played the 2015 NFL season 50,000 times before it's actually played. The Green Bay Packers lead the way as the most likely Super Bowl Champions, winning it all a league-high 17.1% of the time. In the most likely Super Bowl, in a reversal of fortunes from last season's conference championship games, the Packers defeat the Indianapolis Colts 56.8% of the time and by an average score of 31-28. Indianapolis, the AFC's second best team (Broncos currently top AFC teams in our NFL Power Rankings) but projected top seed, wins the Super Bowl 13.2% of the time. The NFC's second seeded Seattle Seahawks (14.8%) and the AFC's best overall team, the Denver Broncos trail the Packers and Colts in Super Bowl likelihood. These are the only four teams currently greater than five percent likely to win the championship. There are 14 other teams that win the championship between 1% and 5% of the time, including last year's Super Bowl winning New England Patriots and eight teams that did not even make the playoffs last year: Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans.

    Below, we explain How This Works and break down every team division-by-division. In each team's preview, the "Most Important" players are those whose play is most critical to the team's success. Typically, they will be young, injury-prone and/or inconsistent players who could just as likely play well and help the team as play poorly or miss games to hurt the team. Also, the Offensive and Defensive Rankings are based on how many points a team would score (offense) or allow (defense) if each team played the same, league-average schedule (rankings are based on current, Week 1 rosters, so New England is without Tom Brady for example).

    Since launching in January 2010, this technology is over 60% against-the-spread with NFL Locks of the Week (64-42 ATS) and 55% ATS (591-487 ATS) picking all NFL games. Last season, picking every NFL game, the Predictalator hit .500 ATS or better for 14 consecutive weeks, including another profitable run in the playoffs. In 2013, the Predictalator accurately picked 57.4% (ATS - just 52.4% is need for profit) picking every game, then went 9-1-1 (90% ATS) in the postseason. And finally, the Predictalator is now 41-14 against-the-spread in NFL playoff games. Check out the Shop now to learn more.

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    How This Works
    Just as the Predictalator plays each individual NFL game 50,000 times before it's actually played, it can also play the entire NFL season 50,000 times before it's actually played. Using the actual schedule for 2015 through the playoffs, the Predictalator is able to compute average records and likelihoods of each team making the playoffs, winning its division and bringing home the Super Bowl trophy.

    The Predictalator's technology is built to handle such a demanding task. Making sure that we have the best possible inputs for players' statistics, progression over time and age, roles, health and playing time as well as teams' coaching styles and weather are keys to the accuracy of the output.

    In general, we apply strength-of-schedule-adjusted, relevant statistics from every player's career (weighted more heavily on the most recent 16 games) to a fairly traditional player development curve that considers age and previous playing time. Not only does this development curve help to set average inputs, it combines with health history to dictate the variance ("boom or bust" potential) of a player's inputs.

    Playing time estimation is more of an art than a science for all players who are expected to see significant starting time in 2015. That being said, gaps have been filled in by our best approximations of average bench and role players on teams.

    Once that math and statistical analysis is evaluated, importing a schedule and running the games 50,000 times each is simple. See every projected score from every 2015 game here.

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

    Season Summary

    Based on the analysis, here is the projected NFL 2015 Playoff bracket. It should be noted however, that this exact bracket only occurred 123 of the 50,000 seasons played by the Predictalator:

    AFC

    Wild Card Round
    #6 Pittsburgh 23 @ #3 Denver 30
    #5 Miami 23 @ #4 Baltimore 24

    Divisional Round
    #3 Denver 25 @ #2 New England 26
    #4 Baltimore 23 @ #1 Indianpolis 28

    AFC Championship
    #2 New England 28 @ #1 Indianapolis 31

    NFC

    Wild Card Round

    #6 Dallas 23 @ #3 Carolina 26
    #5 Minnesota 24 @ #4 Philadelphia 27

    Divisional Round
    #4 Philadelphia 26 @ #1 Green Bay 33
    #3 Carolina 17 @ #2 Seattle 23

    NFC Championship
    #2 Seattle 23 @ #1 Green Bay 26

    Super Bowl
    Green Bay 31 over Indianapolis 28

    Other Info:
    Teams that should surprise (good): Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders
    Teams that should surprise (bad): Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints
    Most Important Player (AFC): Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
    Most Important Player (NFC): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
    Most Important Rookie (AFC): Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
    Most Important Rookie (NFC): Vic Beasley, LB, Atlanta Falcons

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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    New England Patriots

    Power Rank: 25
    Offensive Rank: 22
    Defensive Rank: 20
    Division Standing: 1
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 71.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 3.4%
    Biggest Strength: Belichick-Brady Brain Trust
    Greatest Weakness: Suspension Issues (and Cornerback)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Rob Gronkowski, TE
    Most Important Defensive Player: Logan Ryan, CB
    Fantasy Stud: Rob Gronkowski, TE
    Fantasy Dud: Danny Amendola, WR
    Fantasy Sleeper: Travaris Cadet, RB

    Miami Dolphins
    Power Rank: 5
    Offensive Rank: 11
    Defensive Rank: 7
    Division Standing: 2
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 52.7%
    Super Bowl Win%: 4.8%
    Biggest Strength: All-around Defense
    Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Mike Pouncey, C
    Most Important Defensive Player: Louis Delmas, S
    Fantasy Stud: Ryan Tannehill, QB (Dolphins have Top 15 player at every position)
    Fantasy Dud: Greg Jennings, WR
    Fantasy Sleeper: DeVante Parker, WR

    Buffalo Bills
    Power Rank: 15
    Offensive Rank: 30
    Defensive Rank: 3
    Division Standing: 3
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 28.7%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.4%
    Biggest Strength: Defensive Front Seven
    Greatest Weakness: Offense
    Most Important Offensive Player: EJ Manuel/Matt Cassel/Tyrod Taylor, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Preston Brown, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Defense
    Fantasy Dud: Quarterbacks
    Fantasy Sleeper: Tyrod Taylor, QB

    New York Jets
    Power Rank: 29
    Offensive Rank: 27
    Defensive Rank: 16
    Division Standing: 4
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 11.5%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.3%
    Biggest Strength: All-around Defense
    Greatest Weakness: Passing Offense
    Most Important Offensive Player: Geno Smith, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
    Fantasy Stud: Brandon Marshall, WR
    Fantasy Dud: Geno Smith, QB
    Fantasy Sleeper: Devin Smith, WR

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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    Baltimore Ravens

    Power Rank: 13
    Offensive Rank: 16
    Defensive Rank: 11
    Division Standing: 1
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 43.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 2.1%
    Biggest Strength: Lines (Offensive and Defensive)
    Greatest Weakness: Secondary
    Most Important Offensive Player: Eugene Monroe, T
    Most Important Defensive Player: Brandon Williams, NT
    Fantasy Stud: Justin Forsett, RB (though expect regression)
    Fantasy Dud: Dennis Pitta
    Fantasy Sleeper: Crockett Gilmore, TE

    Cincinnati Bengals
    Power Rank: 12
    Offensive Rank: 17
    Defensive Rank: 15
    Division Standing: 2
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 42.4%
    Super Bowl Win%: 2.1%
    Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
    Greatest Weakness: Lack of Pass Rush (though improved)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Andy Dalton, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Geno Atkins, DT
    Fantasy Stud: A.J. Green, WR
    Fantasy Dud: Mohamed Sanu, WR
    Fantasy Sleeper: Marvin Jones, WR

    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Power Rank: 10
    Offensive Rank: 3
    Defensive Rank: 17
    Division Standing: 3
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 42.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 2.2%
    Biggest Strength: Elite Skill Positions
    Greatest Weakness: Secondary
    Most Important Offensive Player: Kelvin Beachum, T
    Most Important Defensive Player: Shamarko Thomas, S
    Fantasy Stud: Le'Veon Bell, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: DeAngelo Williams, RB

    Cleveland Browns
    Power Rank: 23
    Offensive Rank: 31
    Defensive Rank: 4
    Division Standing: 4
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 20.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.5%
    Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
    Greatest Weakness: Lack of Elite Skill Position Players
    Most Important Offensive Player: Josh McCown, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Danny Shelton/Phil Taylor, NT
    Fantasy Stud: Defense
    Fantasy Dud: Everyone Else
    Fantasy Sleeper: Rob Housler, TE

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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    Indianapolis Colts

    Power Rank: 4
    Offensive Rank: 2
    Defensive Rank: 12
    Division Standing: 1
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Playoff Probabilities: 85.3%
    Super Bowl Win%: 13.2%
    Biggest Strength: Passing Game and Special Teams
    Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front Seven (though improved)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Jack Mewhort, T
    Most Important Defensive Player: Robert Mathis, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Andrew Luck, QB
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends (stay away for now)
    Fantasy Sleeper: Defense

    Houston Texans
    Power Rank: 19
    Offensive Rank: 24
    Defensive Rank: 18
    Division Standing: 2
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 32.3%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.1%
    Biggest Strength: JJ Watt
    Greatest Weakness: Quarterback
    Most Important Offensive Player: Brian Hoyer/Ryan Mallett, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Rahim Moore, S
    Fantasy Stud: Arian Foster, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Brian Hoyer/Ryan Mallett, QB
    Fantasy Sleeper: Cecil Shorts, WR

    Tennessee Titans
    Power Rank: 30
    Offensive Rank: 28
    Defensive Rank: 31
    Division Standing: 3
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 15.2%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.2%
    Biggest Strength: Promising Weapons in Passing Game
    Greatest Weakness: Run Offense and Secondary
    Most Important Offensive Player: Marcus Mariota, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Da'Norris Searcy, S
    Fantasy Stud: Delanie Walker, TE
    Fantasy Dud: Justin Hunter, WR
    Fantasy Sleeper: Marcus Mariota, QB

    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Power Rank: 32
    Offensive Rank: 32
    Defensive Rank: 22
    Division Standing: 4
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 2.3%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.0%
    Biggest Strength: Cabanas in the Stands (Plus Easy Schedule)
    Greatest Weakness: Everything Else (Offense, Defense, Special Teams, Coaches and Front Office)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Blake Bortles, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Jonathan Cyprien, S
    Fantasy Stud: TJ Yeldon, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Blake Bortles, QB
    Fantasy Sleeper: Marqise Lee, WR

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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    Denver Broncos

    Power Rank: 3
    Offensive Rank: 10
    Defensive Rank: 6
    Division Standing: 1
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 70.8%
    Super Bowl Win%: 11.0%
    Biggest Strength: Elite All-around Offense and Defense
    Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Peyton Manning, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Sylvester Williams, NT
    Fantasy Stud: Demaryius Thomas, WR
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends (stay away for now...)
    Fantasy Sleeper: ... Virgil Green, TE

    Kansas City Chiefs
    Power Rank: 11
    Offensive Rank: 25
    Defensive Rank: 5
    Division Standing: 2
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 35.7%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.9%
    Biggest Strength: Pass Rush and Special Teams
    Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Eric Fisher, T
    Most Important Defensive Player: Eric Berry, S (if he contributes, what a story)
    Fantasy Stud: Jamaal Charles, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Cairo Santos, K
    Fantasy Sleeper: De'Anthony Thomas, WR/RB

    San Diego Chargers
    Power Rank: 16
    Offensive Rank: 9
    Defensive Rank: 23
    Division Standing: 3
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 27.5%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.2%
    Biggest Strength: Pass Offense
    Greatest Weakness: Defensive Front Seven
    Most Important Offensive Player: Orlando Franklin, G
    Most Important Defensive Player: Corey Liuget, DE
    Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Ladarius Green, TE

    Oakland Raiders
    Power Rank: 24
    Offensive Rank: 23
    Defensive Rank: 14
    Division Standing: 4
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 16.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.5%
    Biggest Strength: Young Playmakers (Mack, Murray, Cooper)
    Greatest Weakness: Quarterback
    Most Important Offensive Player: Derek Carr/Christian Ponder, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: DJ Hayden, CB
    Fantasy Stud: Latavius Murray, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Derek Carr, QB
    Fantasy Sleeper: Clive Walford, TE

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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    Philadelphia Eagles

    Power Rank: 7
    Offensive Rank: 5
    Defensive Rank: 25
    Division Standing: 1
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 57.5%
    Super Bowl Win%: 5.1%
    Biggest Strength: Offensive Line (though regressing)
    Greatest Weakness: Secondary (though improved)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Sam Bradford, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Byron Maxwell, CB
    Fantasy Stud: DeMarco Murray, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Brent Celek, TE
    Fantasy Sleeper: Sam Bradford, QB

    Dallas Cowboys
    Power Rank: 6
    Offensive Rank: 6
    Defensive Rank: 13
    Division Standing: 2
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 43.4%
    Super Bowl Win%: 3.8%
    Biggest Strength: All-around Offense
    Greatest Weakness: All-around Defense
    Most Important Offensive Player: Tony Romo, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Sean Lee, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Dez Bryant, WR
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Lance Dunbar, RB

    New York Giants
    Power Rank: 14
    Offensive Rank: 4
    Defensive Rank: 29
    Division Standing: 3
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
    Playoff Probabilities: 31.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 1.5%
    Biggest Strength: Explosive Passing Offense
    Greatest Weakness: Run Defense
    Most Important Offensive Player: Weston Richburg, C
    Most Important Defensive Player: Jon Beason, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Odell Beckham Jr., WR
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Shane Vereen, RB

    Washington Redskins
    Power Rank: 21
    Offensive Rank: 12
    Defensive Rank: 21
    Division Standing: 4
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 22.0%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.7%
    Biggest Strength: Run Defense
    Greatest Weakness: Secondary (though improved)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Robert Griffin III, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Dashon Goldson, S
    Fantasy Stud: DeSean Jackson/Pierre Garcon, WRs
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Jordan Reed, TE

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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    Green Bay Packers

    Power Rank: 1
    Offensive Rank: 1
    Defensive Rank: 19
    Division Standing: 1
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 86.8%
    Super Bowl Win%: 17.1%
    Biggest Strength: All-around Offense
    Greatest Weakness: Run Defense
    Most Important Offensive Player: Aaron Rodgers, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Clay Matthews, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Eddie Lacy, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
    Fantasy Sleeper: Jeff Janis, WR

    Minnesota Vikings
    Power Rank: 8
    Offensive Rank: 13
    Defensive Rank: 10
    Division Standing: 2
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Playoff Probabilities: 51.2%
    Super Bowl Win%: 3.1%
    Biggest Strength: Few Glaring Weaknesses
    Greatest Weakness: Few Elite Strengths
    Most Important Offensive Player: Adrian Peterson, RB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Eric Kendricks, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Adrian Peterson, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
    Fantasy Sleeper: MyCole Pruitt, TE

    Detroit Lions
    Power Rank: 17
    Offensive Rank: 21
    Defensive Rank: 9
    Division Standing: 3
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 22.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.7%
    Biggest Strength: Sound Defense and Calvin Johnson
    Greatest Weakness: Run Offense
    Most Important Offensive Player: Joique Bell/Ameer Abdullah, RB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Haloti Ngata, DT
    Fantasy Stud: Calvin Johnson, WR
    Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
    Fantasy Sleeper: Ameer Abdullah, RB

    Chicago Bears
    Power Rank: 28
    Offensive Rank: 20
    Defensive Rank: 26
    Division Standing: 4
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 11.3%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.1%
    Biggest Strength: Skill Position Players
    Greatest Weakness: Lines (Offensive and Defensive - though both improved)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Jay Cutler, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Pernell McPhee, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Alshon Jeffery, WR
    Fantasy Dud: Robbie Gould, K
    Fantasy Sleeper: Eddie Royal, WR

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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    Carolina Panthers

    Power Rank: 9
    Offensive Rank: 19
    Defensive Rank: 2
    Division Standing: 1
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 64.0%
    Super Bowl Win%: 4.3%
    Biggest Strength: Sound Defense and Cam Newton (and easy division)
    Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Michael Oher, T
    Most Important Defensive Player: Shaq Thompson, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Greg Olsen, TE
    Fantasy Dud: Jerricho Cotchery, WR
    Fantasy Sleeper: Cameron Artis-Payne, RB

    Atlanta Falcons
    Power Rank: 22
    Offensive Rank: 8
    Defensive Rank: 30
    Division Standing: 2
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 32.0%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.8%
    Biggest Strength: Explosive Passing Offense and Easy Schedule
    Greatest Weakness: Lines (Offensive and Defensive - though both improved)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Jake Matthews, T
    Most Important Defensive Player: Vic Beasley, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Julio Jones, WR
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Jacob Tamme, TE

    New Orleans Saints
    Power Rank: 27
    Offensive Rank: 7
    Defensive Rank: 32
    Division Standing: 3
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 24.9%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.5%
    Biggest Strength: Brees-Payton Brain Trust
    Greatest Weakness: Defense (last against run and pass)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Max Unger, C
    Most Important Defensive Player: Jairus Byrd, S
    Fantasy Stud: Drew Brees, QB
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Nick Toon, WR

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Power Rank: 31
    Offensive Rank: 29
    Defensive Rank: 24
    Division Standing: 4
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
    Playoff Probabilities: 11.3%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.1%
    Biggest Strength: A Few Elite Playmakers (Evans, McCoy, David) and Easy Schedule
    Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
    Most Important Offensive Player: Jameis Winston, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Alterraun Verner, CB
    Fantasy Stud: Mike Evans, WR
    Fantasy Dud: Jameis Winston, QB
    Fantasy Sleeper: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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    Seattle Seahawks

    Power Rank: 2
    Offensive Rank: 18
    Defensive Rank: 1
    Division Standing: 1
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 83.3%
    Super Bowl Win%: 14.8%
    Biggest Strength: Everything Except…
    Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Russell Okung, T
    Most Important Defensive Player: Cary Williams, CB
    Fantasy Stud: Defense (Top 5 Player at all Positions but…)
    Fantasy Dud: Wide Receivers
    Fantasy Sleeper: Tyler Lockett, WR

    St. Louis Rams
    Power Rank: 18
    Offensive Rank: 15
    Defensive Rank: 27
    Division Standing: 2
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 26.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.8%
    Biggest Strength: League's Best Defensive Line
    Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
    Most Important Offensive Player: Greg Robinson, T
    Most Important Defensive Player: Alec Ogletree, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Todd Gurley, RB (probably - or Tre Mason)
    Fantasy Dud: Everyone Else (stay away for now)
    Fantasy Sleeper: Stedman Bailey, WR

    Arizona Cardinals
    Power Rank: 20
    Offensive Rank: 14
    Defensive Rank: 28
    Division Standing: 3
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
    Playoff Probabilities: 18.4%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.4%
    Biggest Strength: Young, Play-making Secondary
    Greatest Weakness: Age/Depth/Talent Concerns at All Other Positions
    Most Important Offensive Player: Carson Palmer, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: Patrick Peterson, CB
    Fantasy Stud: Michael Floyd/John Brown, WRs
    Fantasy Dud: Jermaine Gresham, TE
    Fantasy Sleeper: David Brown, RB

    San Francisco 49ers
    Power Rank: 26
    Offensive Rank: 26
    Defensive Rank: 8
    Division Standing: 4
    2014 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
    Projected 2015 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
    Playoff Probabilities: 13.1%
    Super Bowl Win%: 0.3%
    Biggest Strength: Long-Term Focus - Loaded with Picks and Upside
    Greatest Weakness: Short-Term - Lacking Talent, Experience (probably tanking this year)
    Most Important Offensive Player: Colin Kaepernick, QB
    Most Important Defensive Player: NaVorro Bowman, LB
    Fantasy Stud: Carlos Hyde, RB
    Fantasy Dud: Defense
    Fantasy Sleeper: Kendall Hunter, RB

    See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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