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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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      57%
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  • Which team will win the AFC South?

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      86%
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      8%
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      4%

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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      87%
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      5%
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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's best record (assuming there are no ties)?

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      8%
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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's worst record (assuming there are no ties)?

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      29%
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      32%
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      8%
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  • How confident are you feeling about your favorite NFL team heading into the 2014 season?

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      46%
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      39%
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      15%

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  • Who will win NFL MVP?

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      8%
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      11%
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      24%
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      19%
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      38%

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  • Which rookie will have the biggest impact in 2014?

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      18%
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      40%
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      7%
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      13%
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      22%

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  • Which team will win the NFC?

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      14%
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      19%
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      13%
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      39%
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      15%

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  • Which team will win the AFC?

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      51%
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      11%
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      23%
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      15%

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  • Which team will win the Super Bowl?

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      24%
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      11%
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      11%
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      20%
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      34%

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Jared Allen signs with Bears

Jared Allen is staying in the NFC North. Allen, who made a name for himself with six exceptional years with the Minnesota Vikings, has signed a four-year contract with the rival Bears. Seeing Allen (who is 12th on the career sack list with 128.5) in a Bears uniform instead of Viking purple will probably be jarring for Vikings fans, but is he still a good enough defensive end to make a difference in the competitive NFC North?

  • Which team would have been the best fit for Jared Allen?

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      49%
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  • Where does Jared Allen rank among active defensive ends?

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      50%
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      47%
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  • If you were a Vikings fan, how upset would you be with Jared Allen for signing with the Bears?

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      46%
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      24%

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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      16%
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Bears, Hester part ways

Devin Hester has been the Bears' trump card since 2006, returning a record-tying 19 kicks and punts for touchdowns over the course of his career. They won't be bringing him back next season, however: Hester said on Wednesday that the team has decided to ''go a different route'' with him. Hester will be one of the more intriguing free agents on the market, as he offers the potential of a game-changing play every time he handles a return. His value has been downgraded, however, by the rule change shortening kickoffs. It's difficult to return a ball that lands 10 yards out of bounds.

Is Devin Hester still an elite return man?

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    65%
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    35%

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  • Will Devin Hester ever score another return touchdown in the NFL?

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      90%
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      10%

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  • What effect has moving kickoffs to the 35-yard line had on the NFL?

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      45%
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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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Bears re-sign Jay Cutler

The Bears have gone all-in on Jay Cutler, who would have been a free agent, signing him to a seven-year contract. Cutler's 2013 season was interrupted by injury and even featured a brief period where backup Josh McCown performed well enough to present something of a threat to him. Bears coach Marc Trestman stuck with Cutler, however, and though the Bears fell just short of the playoffs, Cutler's performance -- when he's healthy -- could be a sign of good things to come in Chicago.

  • What do you make of the Bears signing Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract?

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      67%

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  • Will the Bears ever win a Super Bowl with Jay Cutler?

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      22%
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      78%

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  • Which team will win the NFC North next season?

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      26%
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      13%
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      59%
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  • How would the Bears have fared against the Packers in their final game, a 33-28 loss, if Josh McCown had started in place of Jay Cutler?

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  • How would you grade Marc Trestman in his first year as coach of the Bears?

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  • Where does Jay Cutler rank among NFL starting quarterbacks?

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      64%
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      20%

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