The AFC will almost certainly be the dominant conference in the NFL during the 2023 season, with several teams in the conference considered to be legitimate Super Bowl title contenders, like the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, and Los Angeles Chargers.
Although some of those teams are bound not to live up to expectations, there’s no doubt the bulk of the talent in the league right now is in the AFC, with the NFC being pale in comparison.
In the NFC, only a handful of teams are even getting talked about at this point, let alone getting title-contending consideration.
As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles will likely be the top team in the conference to start the season, with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers potentially being their only real competition in the NFC.
Although the 49ers are in the conversation in the NFC, analyst Joy Taylor doesn’t believe they should be due to the shaky situation at the quarterback position, via “Speak” on FS1.
.@JoyTaylorTalks: It's the Eagles at the top of the NFC and then everybody else.
"I have a lot of respect for what the Niners do. I don't know why we talk about them as a Super Bowl team though because they don't have a quarterback." pic.twitter.com/INFxKvKmvE
— Speak (@SpeakOnFS1) August 8, 2023
With Jalen Hurts and company potentially being an even better team during this upcoming season with some upgrades on both sides of the football, there’s no doubting the team being the favored to start the season, as Taylor suggests.
However, ruling out the 49ers because of Brock Purdy seems to be a bit shortsighted by Taylor, as last year he proved his worth by going undefeated up until getting hurt in the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles.
Yes, Purdy could come back down to Earth during his sophomore campaign, but he can’t be ruled out as a legitimate starter and potential star in the making in San Francisco, and if that’s the case, this argument may lean toward the 49ers’ direction in the coming months.NEXT: Saquon Barkley Links Up With Legendary RB At Camp