Welp, since I've got some time to kill, I'll throw out some preliminary regular season/playoff picks for the upcoming year.
(All of these are tentative and are not final)
East: (1) Patriots, (2) Bills, (3) Dolphins, (4) Jets
North: (1) Ravens, (2) Steelers, (3) Bengals, (4) Browns
South: (1) Colts, (2) Texans, (3) Titans, (4) Jaguars
West: (1) Broncos, (2) Chargers, (3) Chiefs, (4) Chargers
Seeding: (1) Colts, (2) Patriots, (3) Ravens, (4) Broncos, (5) Steelers, (6) Bills
East: (1) Cowboys, (2) Giants, (3) Eagles, (4) Redskins
North: (1) Packers, (2) Lions, (3) Vikings, (4) Bears
South: (1) Saints, (2) Panthers, (3) Falcons, (4) Bucs
West: (1) Seahawks, (2) Cardinals, (3) Rams, (4) 49ers
Seeding: (1) Packers, (2) Seahawks, (3) Cowboys, (4) Saints, (5) Cardinals, (6) Giants
WC: Steelers over Broncos, Ravens over Bills, Saints over Cardinals, Giants over Cowboys
Div: Colts over Steelers, Patriots over Ravens, Packers over Giants, Seahawks over Cardinals
Conf: Patriots over Colts, Packers over Seahawks
SB 50: Packers over Patriots
Some notes for way too early predictions:
I wanted to get cute and pick someone other than the Broncos as AFC West champs, but the Chargers and Chiefs both have absolutely killer schedules.
Giants have enough to make the playoffs, but their defense is nowhere near as scary as it was during their two SB runs. They'll have to win shootouts, and while I can see that happening against the DeMarco Murry-less Cowboys, I'm not so optimistic about their chances of either outscoring the Packers or putting up significant points in Seattle.
Went with the Bills over the Chargers and Bengals because their schedule looks easier. I'm not so optimistic about the Dolphins.
I'd still pencil the Pats in for the 2 seed regardless of whether/how long Brady's suspended. New England generally starts slow. Without Brady they have enough in place to beat Bell-less (and defenseless) Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, and perhaps squeak by at Buffalo. With Brady, beating Pittsburgh becomes a bit more of a lock, and 3-1 looks more likely than 2-2.
Colts get the 1 seed by virtue of an absurdly easy schedule, as well as having their two biggest challenges (Patriots and Broncos) at home. Honestly, they could lose both of those games and still end up with the #1 seed. A boosted offense will help, but that defense is still paper thin. I don't think they make it out of the AFC simply because of that.
Seahawks have a killer schedule as well. Green Bay's a bit more friendly, and the Seattle game is in Lambeau, so I give them the nod for the #1 seed, home field in the conf championship, and a trip to the SB as a result.
Went with Packers over Patriots because the Pats lack the defense to stop Rodgers in crunch time. Or maybe they just can't undo the curse of David Tyree. I dunno.