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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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  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC South?

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  • Which team will win the NFC West?

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  • Which team will win the AFC East?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the AFC South?

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's best record (assuming there are no ties)?

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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's worst record (assuming there are no ties)?

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  • How confident are you feeling about your favorite NFL team heading into the 2014 season?

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  • Who will win NFL MVP?

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  • Which rookie will have the biggest impact in 2014?

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  • Which team will win the NFC?

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  • Which team will win the AFC?

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  • Which team will win the Super Bowl?

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In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks' thunderous win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, many are asking: Just how good was the Legion of Boom & Co., compared to history's best defenses? Answer yourself by clicking on the images below!

Best NFL Defenses Ever

1962 Packers

1962 Packers

230.0 YPG, 10.6 PPG, 3.57 TO/gm, won NFL title.

1969 Chiefs

1969 Chiefs

225.9 YPG, 12.6 PPG, 3.36 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1971 Vikings

1971 Vikings

243.3 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.21 TO/gm, won NFC Central.

1972 Dolphins

1972 Dolphins

235.5 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, 14-0 regular season, won Super Bowl.

1975 Rams

1975 Rams

237.3 YPG, 9.6 PPG, 2.86 TO/gm, won NFC West.

1976 Steelers

1976 Steelers

237.6 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, won AFC Central.

1977 Falcons

1977 Falcons

231.6 YPG, 9.2 PPG, 3.43 TO/gm, 2nd in NFC West.

1985 Bears

1985 Bears

258.4 YPG, 12.4 PPG, 3.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1990 Giants

1990 Giants

262.9 YPG, 13.2 PPG, 2.13 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2000 Ravens

2000 Ravens

246.7 YPG, 10.3 PPG, 3.06 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2002 Buccaneers

2002 Buccaneers

252.8 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 2.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2013 Seahawks

2013 Seahawks

273.6 YPG, 14.4 PPG, 2.44 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

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Percy HarvinJoe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsWhere do the Seahawks rank among the past 10 Super Bowl champions?

They didn't own the regular season; 13-3 is a fine record, sure, but not one for the history books. However, the way the Seattle Seahawks ended their campaign was something to behold. Basically dominating from the first play from scrimmage, Pete Carroll's team smashed the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, allowing them to join the list of NFL champions in style. Does this make them the best title winner from the past 10 seasons? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Rank: Past 10 Super Bowl Champs

2013 Seahawks

2013 Seahawks

13-3, beat Broncos 43-8

2012 Ravens

2012 Ravens

10-6, beat 49ers 34-31

2011 Giants

2011 Giants

9-7, beat Patriots 21-17

2010 Packers

2010 Packers

10-6, beat Steelers 31-25

2009 Saints

2009 Saints

13-3, beat Colts 31-17

2008 Steelers

2008 Steelers

12-4, beat Cardinals 27-23

2007 Giants

2007 Giants

10-6, beat Patriots 17-14

2006 Colts

2006 Colts

12-4, beat Bears 29-17

2005 Steelers

2005 Steelers

11-5, beat Seahawks 21-10

2004 Patriots

2004 Patriots

14-2, beat Eagles 24-21

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Ravens change playoff picture?

Six Justin Tucker field goals -- including a 61-yarder with 38 seconds left -- were all the Baltimore Ravens needed on "Monday Night Football" to throw three playoff races for a loop. By beating the Detroit Lions 18-16, Baltimore moved to 8-6 and within one game of the Cincinnati Bengals atop the AFC North. By losing, Detroit fell to 7-7 and a surprising third in an NFC North Division it recently controlled. And then there's the AFC wild-card race, which still features three strong candidates -- four if you count Cincinnati -- fighting for one last spot. How will it all shake out?

  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which of these teams will earn the last AFC wild-card spot?

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  • Which of these teams would be most dangerous in the playoffs?

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  • What are the chances the Patriots and Bengals don't both win their respective divisions?

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  • Will the Lions ever win a playoff game with Matthew Stafford as starting quarterback?

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  • Is Jim Schwartz on the hot seat?

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  • Will a kicker ever hit a 70-yard field goal in a game?

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NFL Week 15 -- Ravens at Lions

The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions enter Monday with identical records, but not-so-identical situations. Detroit is tied atop -- and leads by tiebreaker -- the NFC North. Baltimore is second in the AFC North, tied for the conference's final playoff spot. Moreover, Detroit seems to be playing the most difficult of its final three games this weekend, while Baltimore's tall task is one of three on the way in. Which team stays above .500?

  • Which team will win tonight's game in Detroit? (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN)

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  • Which is the toughest of the Ravens' remaining three games?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • If the current AFC top five (DEN, NE, CIN, IND, KC) holds, which team will earn the sixth playoff spot?

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  • Will the Lions ever reach an NFC Championship Game with their current core?

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  • Will the Ravens play in another Super Bowl with Joe Flacco as quarterback?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • How much will Matt Elam's "pretty old" Calvin Johnson comments come back to haunt the Ravens this week?

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