Number 2 - Seattle Seahawks
I really really wanted to put the Seattle Seahawks number one in this article, but I just couldn't. Even though Geno Smith is arguably the best quarterback in the NFC West (if you fell asleep in the offseason of 2022 and just woke up, you have a bunch to catch up on), and Seattle has a lot of good pieces at their skill positions, I think what separates number 1 from number 2 on this list is the offensive line. I hope Seattle's offensive line is fantastic in 2023, but that is only hope at this point.
Still, the positivity here is that Seattle is relatively loaded at receiver and running back. There is depth and talent at both those spots. A starting wide receiver trio that should be DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba could be the most formidable trio in the league by the end of the season, assuming all three stay healthy.
The running back group is a bit unproven and young, but they are also potentially extremely dangerous. Kenneth Walker III is RB1, of course, but Zach Charbonnet is likely RB2 and he's no plodder. He might not have Walker's breakaway speed, but he could be better at grinding out 4 yards a time. Charbonnet wasn't chosen in the second round to simply clean up for Walker; He's going to get a lot of reps too.
Geno Smith needs to be as good for the entire season as he was at the beginning of the 2022 campaign, but he should have a decent shot at that if the offensive line holds up. Second-year tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas need to take another step forward and the Seahawks need to find starters at center and right guard. Best case, the line gels quickly and plays at a high level, and leads the team to a deep postseason run. The worst case is that the line falls apart at the most important moments of the season and the Seahawks scrape by and win around 9 games.