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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson leads teammate through a drill at a football minicamp practice Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Renton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson leads teammate through a drill at a football minicamp practice Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Renton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

1. SEAHAWKS: They’re looking to become the first team since the 2003-04 Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls.

2. BRONCOS: Losing Eric Decker isn’t enough to prevent Peyton Manning from getting back to the Super Bowl.

3. 49ERS: Twelve-win teams aren’t supposed to have drafts as good as the 49ers had.

4. PATRIOTS: Tom Brady could take the Patriots to the AFC Championship Game with the Three Stooges as his receivers.

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    6. EAGLES If they stay reasonably healthy, the Eagles should be able to win the NFC East with one hand tied behind their back.

    7. BENGALS: Cincinnati has made three straight playoff appearances. And lost in the wild-card round three straight times.

    8. CARDINALS: Bruce Arians is the most underrated coach in the NFL. And has the best hat collection.

    9. PACKERS: Aaron Rodgers missed seven games and the Packers still finished third in the league in total offense.

    10. COLTS: Mark them down for six easy wins in the AFC South. And at least another three vS. NFC East.

    11. FALCONS: Offseason improvements to both lines should put the Falcons back in the playoff hunt.

    12. PANTHERS: Take a look at their receiving corps and tell me with a straight face that this is a double-digit-win football team.

    13. RAMS: If Sam Bradford stays healthy, the Rams are going to make some noise in the league’s best division.

    14. CHARGERS: Philip Rivers heads up a potent offense that can score on anyone. But the defense needs to be stingier in ’14.

    15. RAVENS: The Ravens’ rushing game averaged a league-worst 3.1 yards per carry last season.

    16. BEARS: Additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young should improve a defense that finished 30th in points allowed last season.

    17. CHIEFS: Defense is solid, but the offensive-line and wide-receiver positions still are concerns for a team that lost six of its final eight games.

    18. LIONS: Matthew Stafford is a schizophrenic QB with a higher career interception percentage than Michael Vick and Matt Cassel.

    19. STEELERS: The pressure is on Mike Tomlin, whose team has missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

    20. GIANTS: For the Giants to have any hope of making a playoff run, Eli Manning must cool it with the interceptions.

    21. COWBOYS: No Sean Lee ... No DeMarcus Ware ... No way Jerry Jones’ boys make the playoffs.

    22. BROWNS: Have a playoff-caliber defense. If they get decent QB play (Brian Hoyer; Johnny Football), Mike Pettine could be a coach-of-the-year candidate.

    23. JETS: This would be a very good time for Marty Mornhinweg to prove his value as a quarterback whisperer.

    24. BUCS: Michael Bennett should jump-start a pass rush that had just 35 sacks last season.

    25. JAGUARS: The Gus (Bradley) Bus is headed in the right direction, but dramatic improvement probably still is another year away.

    26. DOLPHINS: Their offensive line still is a liability, particularly if center Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) is going to be out for a while.

    27. TITANS: Maybe Ken Whisenhunt can turn Jake Locker into a legitimate starting quarterback, but I doubt it.

    28. REDSKINS : Don’t look for ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson to be a magic elixir for Robert Griffin and the Redskins’ offense.

    29. RAIDERS: Even if Matt Schaub manages to relocate his mojo, Raiders still are looking at another fourth-place finish in the AFC West.

    30. TEXANS: With the addition of Jadeveon Clowney, a good defense got better. But points are going to be scarce for an offense that finished 31st in scoring.

    31. VIKINGS : No climate-controlled dome for the Vikings this season. For the fourth time in the last 5 years, no playoffs either.

    32. BILLS: Paging Donald Trump ... Paging Donald Trump ... Paging Donald Trump.

    PAUL DOMOWITCH Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
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