With great Internet sense, using the term "sweet sixteen" or "sweet 16" is good this time of year. For NFL.com, Adam Schein created the NFL version of the sweet sixteen, giving his early favorite and top contender for each of the eight NFL divisions.
Favorite: Arizona Cardinals
I wrote it last week: The Cardinals' deal for Chandler Jones was a Super Bowl-caliber transaction for the great Steve Keim. And Evan Mathis was a quality addition to the O-line, which lost Jonathan Cooper in the Jones trade. Arizona is my Super Bowl favorite in the NFC. This team is loaded with talent, can play any style and is supremely well-coached.
Top challenger: Seattle Seahawks
The defense is still great. Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll are champions who have won a lot of games together.
This all makes sense. The Cardinals were clearly the better team in 2015. They have appeared to have gotten better in the offseason, while Seattle has lost Marshawn Lynch and pieces from an already suspect offensive line. But the 49ers and the Rams still do not strike fear into anyone quite yet.
It is a logical choice. Can you argue against it?