Lurking in the NFC are a number of possible contenders to represent the conference in the Super Bowl. There are even more teams that can make the playoffs and possibly disrupt the expert picks.
Leading the pack are the New York Giants. This is a team that has enough disruptive assets on defense to keep them in any game. Suddenly, on offense, they pound it down the throats of a Baltimore Ravens defense that can scare anyone. With a three game lead over the rest of the NFC East the Giants are a lock for the playoffs and only a miracle will stop a first round bye.
Next most likely contender is the Carolina Panthers. John Fox has always fielded an up and down team and 2008 is up. The Panthers have a gritty ground game, a quarterback with moxie, and a Pro Bowl caliber Julius Peppers wreaking havoc on opposing offenses again.
The NFC North is too close to call with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears refusing to step up and take control.
Meanwhile the Arizona Cardinals of all teams, seem to have the upper hand in the NFC West, mainly because there are nothing but Three Stooges organizations in St. Louis and San Francisco, and a lame duck hospital in Seattle. The Cardinals make the playoffs by default.