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Your 2014 NFL predictions?
The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!
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Are Seahawks suddenly vulnerable?
Russell Wilson had never lost a home game with the Seattle Seahawks. Then Sunday happened. Despite four interceptions by quarterback Carson Palmer, the Arizona Cardinals did the previously unthinkable: They won at CenturyLink Field 17-10 thanks to a late TD catch by Michael Floyd and a (controversial) interception by Karlos Dansby. This could give potential playoff foes hope when they go to the Pacific Northwest; Seattle had won 14 straight at home. It also could give Arizona a dubious distinction -- out of the playoffs at 11-5, if they win next week versus the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints win as well.
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Which team will win the NFC?
In the afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers exacted revenge -- through a close call -- on the Seattle Seahawks team that thrashed them earlier in the season. At night, the New Orleans Saints put a thunderous stop to the Carolina Panthers' eight-game winning streak, moving a game up in the NFC South race. Who will take these divisions? Is Seattle your pick to win the NFC championship?
Bigger surprise -- ARI or CAR?
On Oct. 6, the Carolina Panthers lost to the Arizona Cardinals 22-6 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals moved to 3-2, while the Panthers dropped to 1-3. Carolina hasn't lost since, moving its win streak to seven Sunday with a late victory in Miami. Arizona? It dropped the next two -- then won four in a row, including Sunday's 40-11 rout of the division-leading Indianapolis Colts. Bet you didn't have both of these teams beating out the likes of Green Bay, Dallas, Washington and Atlanta this late. Will it last?