As NFL teams open camps, questions abound about NFC clubs

The AFC has the Lombardi Trophy.

The NFC has everything else.

That is, the NFC boasts last season's most valuable player, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson; offensive rookie of the year, Washington's Robert Griffin III; defensive rookie of the year, Carolina's Luke Kuechly; and the majority of the league's best teams.

There are always surprise teams in the NFL. Who could have predicted that Indianapolis would go from 2-14 to reaching the playoffs with a rookie coach and quarterback at the helm? Or that Baltimore would win the Super Bowl despite ending the regular season with four losses in five games? But with training camps kicking off all over the league in the next week, it's the NFC that has more championship-caliber teams and a 39-25 record against the AFC last season, with those victories by an average of 15.1 points.

Whereas the AFC has Denver and Houston — along with question marks hovering over perennial contenders New England, Baltimore and Pittsburgh — the NFC has San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Green Bay, the New York Giants. Any of those teams could rise and make a Super Bowl run.

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