6. San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco once again has one of the league's top defenses. On offense, the Niners hope Brock Purdy can build on his success as a rookie. He has plenty of help from Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Brandon Aiyuk.
5. New York Jets
Aaron Rodgers hopes to replicate Tom Brady's success on a new team after swapping the Packers for the Jets this season. New York's defense ranked No. 4 in the league last year, and Rodgers has a solid supporting cast led by NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Garrett Wilson. Rodgers' offensive line is the No. 1 concern.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals proved their Super Bowl run was no fluke by reaching the AFC title game again last year and so nearly eliminating the Kansas City Chiefs. As long as Joe Burrow is healthy, they will make the playoffs. Burrow has proven he often saves his best football for January.
3. Buffalo Bills
Is this the season the Bills finally make it to the Super Bowl? They have a roster talented enough to get there, but winning a conference featuring the Bengals, Chiefs, and now the Jets is a daunting challenge.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
After falling short in the Super Bowl, the Eagles return with an even stronger roster. They drafted Georgia stars Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith in the first round. Philadelphia has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and will be tough to stop in the NFC. Super Bowl rematch, anyone?
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes has led the Chiefs to three of the past four Super Bowls, winning two. There is no quarterback on his level. There are concerns for Kansas City, though. How serious is Travis Kelce's injury? Can the Chiefs resolve the contract dispute with Chris Jones? They could begin the season without their leader in sacks and receiving yards from last year.