Cincinnati Bengals: No. 2 in the AFC North, in first place in the NFL.
The Bengals have been unstoppable this season, scoring more than 200 points every game and posting a league-best plus-21.
They won’t be able to do that without quarterback Andy Dalton, who led the NFL in passing and rushing yards last season.
The defense has been better, and the offense is on pace for a season-high 3,500 yards and a Super Bowl appearance.
But the Bengals have the talent and the roster to contend, and they will do so if Dalton can play well enough.
Pittsburgh Steelers: No one is shocked to see Pittsburgh in the NFC North, which is why it was surprising that the Steelers lost the NFC title game.
But Pittsburgh has the talent to win a division title and has a top-three quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger.
It’s time for the Steelers to win the division again and to win it on the road.
San Francisco 49ers: No team in the league has been as dominant as San Francisco has, especially in the last three weeks, and that dominance has resulted in a 10-3 record.
It would be a surprise to see the 49ers miss the playoffs again, and it’s a very tough task in the second-division West.
But with a quarterback who is not yet 25, a good running game, and a great defense, the 49er offense should be a top team in 2017.
Detroit Lions: The Lions are playing better than anyone expected and the defense has not let up.
They are one of the best teams in the National Football League, and even if the offense doesn’t score enough to contend again, they have the best talent in the game.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns have been great.
They have the defense and the running game to beat any opponent and they have quarterback Johnny Manziel to lead the offense.
But their defense is not the best in the division, and there is not enough talent on the team to compete.
The Browns should win a Super League championship.
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys will win it all with Dak Prescott at quarterback.
They will have the most productive offense in the football world.
But if Prescott gets hurt, it will be a huge blow to the Cowboys.
They also should have a top defense.
The Cowboys should win the NFC West again.
Washington Redskins: The Redskins are one win away from a playoff spot and have one of their best quarterbacks in Kirk Cousins, a player who can play in a variety of spots.
The offense should improve this season and they should have enough talent to challenge for a playoff berth.
New Orleans Saints: The Saints have been better than expected this season.
They still have some holes, including at cornerback, but the defense is very good.
Quarterback Drew Brees is the best player on the roster and they could make the playoffs in 2017, if they play the way they did the past two seasons.
Detroit Panthers: The Panthers will go to the Super Bowl with Cam Newton, a talented young quarterback.
But they will be without the big play and the rushing ability they had last season, and their defense should improve.
Cincinnati Reds: The Bengals are one year removed from a disappointing season and their starting quarterback, Andy Dalton has yet to win.
But this team has talent and should be able the postseason.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers will be able have the better talent in football, and in a division that is a mess, they will win a playoff game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers are coming off a disappointing campaign.
They lost quarterback Josh Freeman to retirement and the defensive line is not nearly as good as the offensive line.
But quarterback Jameis Winston will be ready and will lead a strong defense in the playoffs.
New York Giants: The Giants have won the division two times and a playoff series two times.
The Giants will not have a quarterback to lead their offense, but they have a lot of talent on defense.
Denver Broncos: The Broncos are a wild card in the playoff picture.
They might be able a second straight division title with quarterback Paxton Lynch, who is playing at a high level, and running back Knowshon Moreno.
But a few injuries on the defensive side of the ball will make it difficult for the Broncos to contend.
Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates are a good team that can win a lot.
But I have to think that their offensive line will have to improve a bit if they want to be an effective team.
Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton is playing better, so it is hard to imagine him being out of the playoffs with the Panthers.
But linebacker Luke Kuechly and cornerback Josh Norman should be more productive with more playing time.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs have won four straight division