1. Dallas Cowboys (16.0)
Offense: QB Tony Romo should post big numbers with a receiving corps featuring Miles Austin, Roy Williams, TE Jason Witten and first-round pick Dez Bryant. RBs Felix Jones, Marion Barber and Tashard Choice give the running game diversity. The offensive line is showing signs of aging. Grade: 4.5.
Defense: OLB DeMarcus Ware is an elite pass rusher who is aided by emerging OLB Anthony Spencer. NT Jay Ratliff is a matchup problem because of his quickness. ILBs Bradie James and Keith Brooking are run pluggers. Safety is biggest question mark as Alan Ball is a first-time starter. Grade: 4.0.
Special teams: P Mat McBriar is solid, but K David Buehler is unproven. Jones and Bryant could be electric returners. Grade: 3.5.
Coaching: Wade Phillips is a defensive mastermind, but his offense needs balance. Grade: 4.0.
On the spot: LT Doug Free. Must deliver as Romo's backside protector.
Prediction: Cowboys have sights on Super Bowl at the house that Jerry built. Record: 11-5.
2. New York Giants (15.5)
Offense: QB Eli Manning had his first 4,000-yard season, but his best work was shepherding a young group of receivers headed by Steve Smith (team-record 107 catches) and '09 first-round pick Hakeem Nicks. RBs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw need to add balance. The O-line eyes a bounce-back year. Grade: 4.0.
Defense: With DEs Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka healthy and the addition of freakishly athletic rookie Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants have deep pass-rushing rotation that helped them win Super Bowl XLIII. MLB Antonio Pierce's release created leadership void. Injuries hinder a potentially solid secondary. Grade: 4.0.
Special teams: K Lawrence Tynes is the only holdover on a unit that lost P Jeff Feagles (retirement) and return specialist Domenik Hixon (knee injury). Grade: 3.0.
Coaching: Tom Coughlin's no-nonsense approach still gets results. Grade: 4.5.
On the spot: Perry Fewell. New D-coordinator charged with adding more bite to last year's toothless unit.
Prediction: Beware of the G-men. Record: 10-6.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (15.5)
Offense: New starting QB Kevin Kolb is the key member of a youth movement that includes blazing-fast WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and second-year RB LeSean McCoy. Eight of Jackson's 12 TDs in '09 covered 50 yards or more. More is expected from an O-line that underachieved last season. Grade: 3.5.
Defense: The Eagles drafted Brandon Graham and traded for Daryl Tapp to aid star pass-rushing DE Trent Cole. But MLB Stewart Bradley's return from knee injury might be the biggest addition. Asante Samuel leads a secondary still trying to replace iconic Brian Dawkins. Grade: 3.0.
Special teams: Jackson was the NFL's best punt returner in '09 (15.2-yard average, two TDs). K David Akers is as reliable as they come. Grade: 4.5.
Coaching: Andy Reid's track record speaks for itself. Grade: 4.5.
On the spot: Kolb. Must deliver or Donovan McNabb trade will be second-guessed.
Prediction: Reid's teams are always in the hunt. Record: 9-7.
4. Washington Redskins (14.5)
Offense: Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb brings needed stability to position. But after TE Chris Cooley and WR Santana Moss, receiving options are limited. RBs Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson have seen better days, but might have something left. Grade: 3.5.
Defense: With tackling machine London Fletcher and sack artist Brian Orakpo, Skins are set at linebacker. The secondary features three former top-10 draft picks (DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers and LeRon Landry). But malcontent DT Albert Haynesworth could be unwanted distraction. Grade: 4.0.
Special teams: P Josh Bidwell is coming off hip surgery and K Graham Gano is unproven. Devin Thomas should be fine returning kickoffs. Grade: 2.5.
Coaching: Mike Shanahan is a proven winner and knows how to build a team. Grade: 4.5.
On the spot: LT Trent Williams. If the fourth pick in the draft lives up to expectations, a glaring problem will be solved.
Prediction: The 'Skins' days as cellar dwellers are nearing an end. Record: 8-8.