Teddy Bridgewater, Peyton Manning, Justin Forsett, LeSean McCoy, Davante Adams, Kevin White, Dwayne Allen and Julius Thomas are sleeper and bust candidates this season.
The young nucleus has a new leader who is a proven winner with talent that could transcend. It probably won't result in a lot of wins early, but the elevator is going up. Slowly.
Seattle remains the favorite to win not just the NFC West but the entire conference for the third year in a row. They sport a legit MVP candidate and clutch performer at QB, a punishing running game, and very good special teams play. The defensive starters are arguably the best all-around group in the league.
These Rams figure to be a test for just how far a dominant defensive line can carry a team. Jeff Fisher has assembled a fantastic line, but questions abound around it. Nick Foles should bring better stability at quarterback, and the running game could be strong if the offensive line shakes out to be even average.
The on-field play should be more consistent. The defense has a chance to be special, particularly against the pass. Yet there are still a lot of holes. None is bigger or more critical than quarterback. And the Geno Smith/Ryan Fitzpatrick combo is a real downer despite the new weapons outside.