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SI's 2003 NFL Preview


 
Photo by Walter Iooss Jr.
Are you ready for some pro football? Gird yourself for all the gridiron action by checking out Sports Illustrated's comprehensive team-by-team Scouting Reports.

Who will carry the ball for the Bucs as they attempt to defend their title? Will the Titans get their freak on? Is the Packers' defense championship-caliber? How about Kansas City's offense? And, most important, who's headed to Houston on Feb. 1, 2004, for Super Bowl XXXVIII?

Click on any individual team link to find a complete breakdown, including Enemy Lines, a scout's inside look at each club, and a glance at who's Under the Gun. And take a look below to see SI's NFL playoff picks and Dr. Z's rankings of all 32 teams.


NFC EastProjected
 1    Eagles 11-5
 2    Giants* 10-6
 3    Cowboys 5-11
 4    Redskins 5-11
NFC North 
 1    Packers 10-6
 2    Vikings 6-10
 3    Bears 6-10
 4    Lions 5-11
NFC South 
 1    Buccaneers 12-4
 2    Falcons 9-7
 3    Saints 8-8
 4    Panthers 7-9
NFC West 
 1    Rams 11-5
 2    49ers* 9-7
 3    Seahawks 8-8
 4    Cardinals 4-12
AFC EastProjected
 1    Bills 10-6
 2    Patriots* 10-6
 3    Dolphins 9-7
 4    Jets 7-9
AFC North 
 1    Steelers 10-6
 2    Browns 7-9
 3    Ravens 7-9
 4    Bengals 5-11
AFC South 
 1    Titans 10-6
 2    Colts 9-7
 3    Jaguars 6-10
 4    Texans 4-12
AFC West 
 1    Chiefs 10-6
 2    Raiders* 9-7
 3    Broncos 9-7
 4    Chargers 8-8
Wild-Card Playoffs
N
F
C
Rams over 49ers A
F
C
Chiefs over Raiders
Giants over Packers Patriots over Bills
Divisional Playoffs
N
F
C
Buccaneers over Giants A
F
C
Chiefs over Titans
Eagles over Rams Steelers over Patriots
Championship Games
NFC: Bucs over Eagles AFC: Chiefs over Steelers
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Buccaneers 27, Chiefs 20

How Dr. Z Ranks 'em
1  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17  San Diego Chargers
2  Philadelphia Eagles 18  New York Jets
3  Tennessee Titans 19  New Orleans Saints
4  St. Louis Rams 20  Cleveland Browns
5  Green Bay Packers 21  Baltimore Ravens
6  Pittsburgh Steelers 22  Seattle Seahawks
7  Kansas City Chiefs 23  Carolina Panthers
8  Buffalo Bills 24  Minnesota Vikings
9  Oakland Raiders 25  Jacksonville Jaguars
10  New England Patriots 26  Chicago Bears
11  New York Giants 27  Dallas Cowboys
12  Miami Dolphins 28  Washington Redskins
13  San Francisco 49ers 29  Detroit Lions
14  Indianapolis Colts 30  Cincinnati Bengals
15  Atlanta Falcons 31  Houston Texans
16  Denver Broncos 32  Arizona Cardinals

*Wild-card team

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