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1) Can Tom Brady continue to defy Father Time? The Buccaneers appear equipped for a repeat run after the future Hall of Fame quarterback won his seventh Super Bowl in 10 appearances last season. Tampa Bay brings back its entire offense as well as its linchpins on defense, including former Bronco Shaquil Barrett.

2) Will Christian McCaffrey return to All-Pro form? The Valor Christian High School alum had a historic 2019 when he became just the third player in NFL history with 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in a season. But multiple injuries limited him to three games in 2020. The Panthers need McCaffrey healthy and dynamic again in 2021.

3) How will the Rams fare with Matthew Stafford? Los Angeles traded Jared Goff, a third-rounder and a pair of first-round draft picks to Detroit for Stafford, whom coach Sean McVay believes is the missing piece to making another Super Bowl run. Rams fans are hoping the gamble pays off after a disappointing 2020.

4) Can Green Bay set aside its drama? Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made it clear during the offseason that he did not want to play for the Packers in 2021. But the Packers, in turn, didn’t budge on moving him, so Rodgers will be counted on to get Green Bay to the Super Bowl after consecutive NFC championship losses.

5) Will Dak Prescott and the Cowboys return to relevance? Dallas has missed the playoffs two years in a row, and Prescott played just five games last year due to an ankle injury. Prescott was limited early in training camp due to a shoulder injury, but if he’s healthy, the Cowboys are capable of making noise in the weak NFC East.

6) What’s Kyler Murray’s potential in Year 3? The Arizona QB and former No. 1 overall pick was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019, then followed that up with a Pro Bowl season. But the Cardinals sputtered after a 5-2 start and feel the pressure to post their first winning season since 2015.

7) How will the Saints fare post-Drew Brees? Brees retired following a 20-year NFL career, the final 15 of which came in New Orleans. QB Jameis Winston, who was 28-42 across five seasons as a starter in Tampa Bay, takes over the reins under center.  A fifth straight South title might be a stretch.

8) Can the Seahawks make a deep playoff push? Pete Carroll guided Seattle to consecutive Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and ’14, but Seattle hasn’t advanced to the conference championship in its five playoff appearances since. Quarterback Russell Wilson is still elite but the D remains mediocre.

9) Can Matt Ryan make the Falcons relevant again? Besides the Jaguars and Jets, Atlanta was the league’s other huge dumpster fire in 2020. Coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff were fired along the way. Does Ryan, 36, have anything left?

10) Should Jalen Hurts give Philly fans hope? Hurts made his first NFL start in Week 13 last year and led the Eagles to a win over the Saints, but lost his final three starts. His 52% completion rate leaves much to be desired, but in the unpredictable East, growth from Hurts just might make Philadelphia a contender.

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