The Dallas Cowboys have been working hard this offseason to give us a team with great strength to win games. Other teams have done the same, meaning a lot has changed over the past few weeks.
This amount of change can cause the playoffs to look mighty different than last year. Here are my picks for the teams that will advance to NFC playoffs next season.
1. Dallas Cowboys
Not only will the Cowboys be going to the playoffs, but they will likely have the number one overall seed.
So much work has been put into the Cowboys lately that it seems the brightest future has been bestowed upon Dallas.
There are still some things that will need to be solved such as the quarterback problem, and the ability to win big games. Other than a few small things, the Cowboys have one of the most solid football teams out there.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The devil himself takes over the number two seed in the playoffs, as it appears that the 49ers will be strong once again, next season.
Even with their quarterback issues, the 49ers are complete and are only hungry for winning games.
3. Chicago Bears
This is where the world starts to become unstable. The Bears will make the playoffs this season, and may even win their own division.
With Green Bay on the decline and the Lions being, well, the Lions, the Bears have a great chance to win the division.
Not to even mention all the talk that has been surrounding that team with draft picks and talent. Quarterback Justin Fields will finally have weapons and be able to prove himself as the great quarterback he is.
4. New Orleans Saints
The Saints are totally winning the NFC South this year. With their new quarterback, Derek Carr, the ceiling just got a whole lot higher for the Saints.
Tampa Bay now sucks, the Panthers are going to need a year to get things on track, and the Falcons will continue to blow leads. It's inevitable.
This gives the Saints a clear path to taking the crown.
Will they have a good record? No, they will probably go 9-8 or 10-7, but it will definitely be enough to get them to the playoffs next season.
5. New York Giants
Now it's time for the Wild Cards. The Giants will once again claim their spots as the 5th seed and make a better run than last season.
The Giants are scary with their new coach, and the chances of success are so much higher than in the previous six seasons the Giants had.
Another Wild Card bid is likely, and winning is only becoming more common with them.
6. Green Bay Packers
Even with the old man out of Green Bay, the Packers will be slipping in at the last second to secure a wildcard bid.
With Jordan Love on the horizon, there is a good chance the Packers may have a “decent” record this year.
The Packers have some things to work on, but if they can get their receivers under control and have Jordan Love perform like we all thought he would, then Green Bay would be back in business.
7. Los Angeles Rams
This one was tough between the Rams and Seattle Seahawks, but the Rams will be the surprising seventh seed.
The Rams have been weird since winning the Super Bowl. With so many injuries on offense, the team sort of just fell apart. Next season — when they have all their players healthy again — will be the season where they find themselves back in the playoff conversation.
The Rams will slip in on the last game of the year, but will then proceed to lose in the first round.
With all that said, the real playoffs for next season aren't for another 10 months, so these predictions will definitely vary. Until then, it's always fun to try to peek into the future at what our playoffs could look like later this year.