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Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:18 am
New England has to be considered a Super Bowl contender (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s getting to be about that time.

The time when we really can crack down on the best teams in the NFL and really figure out which squads are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Preseason favorites (like, ahem, the Jets) have begun to show cracks in the foundation, while other teams – in this case, it’s just one team, really – have begun pulling away.

Three weeks left in the regular season, so we should have a pretty good indication of which team is going to do what once it makes the playoffs (if it, in fact, makes the playoffs at all). Without further ado, here’s your guide to which squad will be spending February in Dallas.

10. Jaguars: Why they will: Why the hell not? I mean, they won’t really. But RB Maurice Jones-Drew is fun to watch, and QB David Garrard has played great football lately. Jacksonville is just a fun underdog to watch. Why they won’t: I’m not even sure they’re good enough to get to the playoffs.

9. Chargers: Why they will: QB Philip Rivers is still having a fantastic season and is still an MVP candidate. Plus, San Diego is the No. 1 defense in the NFL (you can look it up!). Why they won’t: They simply haven’t played well for most of this season. Losses that look like this: 27-20 to the Seahawks; 35-27 and 28-13 to the Raiders; 20-17 to the Rams.

8. Bears: Why they will: They’ve surpassed many people’s expectations for the season while dragging coach Lovie Smith off the hot seat, so why can’t the surprises continue? I mean, if Jay Cutler can play fairly well on a consistent basis, anything can happen. Why they won’t: The offense isn’t good enough, and the defense isn’t good enough to overcome one of (statistically) the worst offenses in the league.

7. Ravens: Why they will: They’ve got plenty of talent at the WR position, and much of the time, QB Joe Flacco can even get his receivers the ball. Plus, there’s always Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis. Why they won’t: Did you see the way the defense collapsed Monday vs. the Texans? That’s unlike the Baltimore defense we’re accustomed to seeing every season. That secondary struggles, as well.

The duo of B. Jacobs and A. Bradshaw has been big for New York this year (US Presswire). 6. Giants: Why they will: The Giants offense, though beat up in the WR corps, still picks up the yards. Once they figured out their roles, the running back duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw has been outstanding. Why they won’t: For one, Eli Manning doesn’t have very many healthy receivers. For two, the team won’t stop turning the ball over to its opponents.

5. Eagles: Why they will: Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson can lead this team anywhere. The proof lies in the league-leading 402 yards of offense Philadelphia produces per game. Why they won’t: Some injuries on defense – CB Asante Samuel, LB Stewart Bradley and DE Brandon Graham – certainly don’t help. Plus, it seems like Vick would have to play perfect all the way through, doesn’t it?

4. Steelers: Why they will: The Steelers played well without QB Ben Roethlisberger, and now with him in there – even though he’s less than 100 percent – they’re nearly unbeatable. Plus, you know, Troy Polamalu. They don’t win ‘em pretty, but they win ‘em anyway. Why they won’t: The offensive line isn’t very good. Like, not very good at all.

3. Saints: Why they will: New Orleans has played progressively better as the season has neared its end. Even if the Saints can’t catch the Falcons in the NFC South, the wild card should be there for the taking, and hopefully for them, they would catch one of the NFC West teams on the road. Why they won’t: They’re not as good as they were last year.

2. Falcons: Why they will: They have the quarterback, they have the running back, they have the receivers, they have the TE and they have the coaching (and a pretty decent defense). There’s a lot to like about this Atlanta squad. Why they won’t: Not a ton of guys on the team have been on teams that have made deep playoff runs. Unlike, say, the New Orleans Saints.

1. Patriots: Why they will: It’s obvious. Rewatch their last two games – destructions of the Jets and the Bears. Why they won’t: Can Tom Brady really keep up this unbelievable pace? Isn’t the young – and, at times, ineffective – secondary eventually going to get the team in trouble? Especially if the Patriots face somebody like Philip Rivers or Drew Brees?

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Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:38 am

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

The pats coach has experience in superbowls,winning and losing.Throw in brady and his experience,it would be an advantage over the falcons..

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:21 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

Play-off picture becomes clearer after this weekend...Eagles-Giants (winner get division, loser battles for their play-off lives with Tampa Bay and Green Bay)Jacksonville- Indianapolis (division winner/home for the play-offs outcome here)except the NFC/AFC west, these probably will go down to the last snap of the regular season.

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:18 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

actually I believe Welker has only been to the Super Bowl once when they lost to the Giants

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 8:06 am

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

I would agree with what you say about Super Bowl experience but the majority of the Pats team has never played in a Super Bowl...Who else besides Tom Brady and Wes Welker have multiple Super Bowls appearances?

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 7:51 am

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

I fail to see the twist here. Outside of the Jaguars I think most everyone would agree on the other nine. There are the Packers, Jets, Chiefs, Colts, and Bucs still in it. You could make an arguement for any of these teams, so no matter who you picked as the tenth team you'd be leaving someone out. I would put the Ravens above the Giants, but other than that I agree. I hope your right about Brady not sustaining his current roll he is on.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 7:18 am

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

The Patriots versus the Falcons will be an exciting Super Bowl.  Both teams are very well rounded with QB's that make big plays and don't make alot of mistakes. 

My Pick:  The Patriots....

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 1:00 am

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

Patriots and falcons to fight out the superbowl,their the form teams and both have imposing home ground records....then id tip pats to win it because of their experience in super bowls

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:20 am

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

good read josh, i agree

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