1. Green Bay Packers (16.5)
Offense: QB Aaron Rodgers has achieved elite status. WRs Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are first rate, young TE Jermichael Finley is poised for a breakout season. RB Ryan Grant (1,253 yards, 11 TDs in '09) is a workhorse. The O-line should improve after rough '09. Grade: 5.0.
Defense: CB Charles Woodson, the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, OLB Clay Matthews Jr., headline NFL's seventh-ranked unit. The secondary is down two starters -- CB Al Harris (knee) and S Atari Bigby (ankle) -- for at least six weeks with injuries. Grade: 4.0.
Special teams: K Mason Crosby has strong leg, but consistency an issue. P Tim Masthay impressed in preseason. WR Jordy Nelson might be the answer at kick returner. Grade: 3.5.
Coaching: Mike McCarthy is bright and challenges his staff to maximize players' talents. Grade: 4.0.
On the spot: CB Tramon Williams. Can he replace Harris?
Prediction: The Pack might be back in the Super Bowl. Record: 11-5.
2. Minnesota Vikings (16.0)
Offense: QB Brett Favre's return helps, but top WR Sidney Rice (hip surgery) is out for at least six weeks and reigning offensive rookie of the year and all-purpose threat Percy Harvin has been plagued by migraines. Look for team to rely more on RB Adrian Peterson (1,383 yards, 18 TDs) and mammoth O-line. Grade: 4.0.
Defense: The Williams Wall (Kevin and Pat) dominates against the run and DE Jared Allen is a pass-rush fiend. MLB E.J. Henderson's return from broken leg is huge. CB Antoine Winfield, 33, is slowing down but can still play. Grade: 4.5.
Special teams: Harvin is doesn't do it. K Ryan Longwell and P Chris Kluwe are dependable. Grade: 4.0.
Coaching: Brad Childress is prepared, but he'll make curious gameday decisions. Grade: 3.5.
On the spot: Favre. Will 40-year-old gunslinger defy odds again?
Prediction: Hard to imagine them duplicating magic '09 season. Record: 10-6.
3. Chicago Bears (14.5)
Offense: QB Jay Cutler's big arm is perfect for coordinator Mike Martz's downfield passing game. Cutler threw 27 TDs, but also an NFL-high 26 INTs in '09 behind a suspect O-line and without a bona fide No. 1 receiver. RBs Matt Forte and Chester Taylor will be used as runners and receivers. Grade: 3.0.
Defense: The Bears made a big splash by signing free agent DE Julius Peppers, who can be a pass-rushing beast when he's willing. Keeping MLB Brian Urlacher and DT Tommie Harris healthy is vital. Grade: 3.0.
Special teams: Devin Hester (12 return TDs) will resume return role with Pro Bowler Johnny Knox. K Robbie Gould and P Brad Maynard are good. Grade: 4.5.
Coaching: Lovie Smith strayed from conservative nature by hiring risk-taker Martz. Grade: 4.0.
On the spot: Urlacher. Since 2004, the Bears allow 5.7 fewer points and 27.8 fewer yards per game when he plays.
Prediction: Another losing season won't help Smith's job security. Record: 7-9.
4. Detroit Lions (11.0)
Offense: QB Matthew Stafford showed great promise as a rookie. He has a big-time target in WR Calvin Johnson, whose size (6-foot-5, 235) and 4.3 speed make him impossible to cover one on one. Rookie RB Jahvid Best is a big-play threat out of the backfield. The O-line is adequate. Grade: 3.0.
Defense: DT Ndamukong Suh, arguably the best player in the draft, has the potential to be a dominant force. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch was signed to help poor pass rush. Trading OLB Ernie Sims was a curious move that weakened the position. FS Louis Delmas is lone bright spot in shaky secondary. Grade: 2.0.
Special teams: K Jason Hanson, 40, is ageless wonder. Nate Burleson may be answer to ordinary return game. Grade: 3.0.
Coaching: Jim Schwartz is providing direction to a franchise that lost its way. Grade: 3.0.
On the spot: Suh. If he's great, the Lions' rebuilding takes big step forward.
Prediction: At least the offense will be entertaining. Record: 3-13.