The easy and most obvious pick is the Niners, who should be strong for years. I also have to like the Ravens again, as Flacco now impresses me a lot, along with that whole offense. We had the right two teams in the S.B.
I think that Denver and N.E. take a step backwards next year. Defenses should be able to tighten it up against Denver, as Manning is one year older and does not go deep any more (you knew they couldn't move the ball near the end of the playoff game) and I think that the same can be said Re the Pats, with a Brady who will start to run weaker on the motivation side ... he has been at this a long time. So, Manning and Brady start to wind down ....... And the Chargers, who have finally purged themselves of Norvitis and brought in a good management team, will compete with the Broncos next year.
The Saints should come back, especially if they can fix their defense.
You have to like any Aaron Rodgers team.
And there are some very interesting coaching changes that will throw a real wildcard element into the mix.
Based on not much quantitative justification: