1. New England — You can say that the offensive line looks shaky and that the defense still must prove itself. Fine — no arguments there. But when it comes down to it, there are weapons on both sides of the ball (have you seen rookie DE Chandler Jones yet?), strong special teams and a Hall of Fame head coach and quarterback. Throw in a softer schedule for good measure, and it adds up to a 12-4 or 13-3 kind of season.
Eric Edholm’s 2012 NFL predictions (Pro Football Weekly)