Unlike perhaps the AFC, the NFC is stacked with several young, talented teams. Other than the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, the New England Patriots will not be tested by many of the opposing conferences’ better teams during the regular season. That being said, if the Patriots plan on winning another Super Bowl, they will obviously have to go through one of these teams for that to happen. The question is — which NFC team is the biggest threat?
The Seattle Seahawks, the defending Super Bowl Champions, pose a clear threat. In addition to quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle also has the always outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman, who inked a four-year, $57.4 million contract extension in the offseason. Sherman had a career year last season and no doubt will be defending his self-proclaimed title of “best cornerback in the league.” The Patriots made strides on defense, so if these two squads were to face off in the big game, it is possible New England and Seattle could be on an equal playing field, in terms of their defenses.
The San Francisco 49ers are also a threat to New England, and after losing to Seattle in last year’s NFC Championship game, they have a lot to prove to themselves. If the 49ers and Patriots were to reach the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick‘s quick style of play could be a shock to New England, which plays against mostly old-fashioned quarterback style during the regular season. That being said, the 49ers probably won’t have as strong a defense as the Patriots, so Tom Brady and his offense could remain competitive on offense alone.
Of the two teams, the Seahawks are more of a threat as it stands now. They are defending champions, have what will undoubtedly be one of the best defenses in the league and are a young team with confidence. Defeating Seattle will be no easy task — even if your quarterback is Brady.