Ranking the Top Ten Best NFL Cities: Fan's View

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St. Louis and Boston are well-known for their diehard baseball fans, but which cities are the best for football?

Here's a look at the top ten NFL football cities in the United States:

1) Green Bay, WI: If you live in Green Bay, WI, there's a good chance that you eat, sleep and breath Green Bay Packers football.

Packers fans are extremely knowledgeable about the game, and they sit through brutal weather conditions just to watch their favorite team in action on NFL gamedays. The fact that a tiny city with a population that barely tops the 100,000 mark is able to support an NFL team is a marvel to behold.

2) Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh sets the gold standard for NFL football cities. I'll never forget how in the week leading up to the New York Jets vs Pittsburgh Steelers tilt in the 2011 AFC Championship Game, the city was overflowing with black and gold flags, banners and anything else you can think of.

3) Dallas, TX: Everything is bigger in Texas, including the Dallas Cowboys' grandiose stadium that holds over 80,000 people. Cowboys fans love to complain about Tony Romo and the team's recent stretch without a deep playoff run, but these fans stick with the team in good times and bad.

4) New York, NY: New York gets a reputation as a baseball town due to the New York Yankees' incredible success, but fans in the Big Apple show plenty of love to the New York Jets and New York Giants. As a New York Jets fan, I can say with authority that MetLife Stadium is home to some of the most diehard football fans in the country.

5) Baltimore, MD: "Crab cakes and football. That's what Maryland does." It's hard to argue with the logic provided in Wedding Crashers, as Baltimore knows football better than any city. The fans here are rapid and passionate about their beloved Ravens.

6) New Orleans, LA: New Orleans ranked No. 6 overall in attendance last year, and No. 7 percentage-wise in the capacity of their stadium being filled. The New Orleans Saints packed in over 580,000 fans in their eight home games last season, and the Superdome was packed over 100% capacity in each of those contests.

7) Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Browns have been bad for years, and you have to give credit to the Cleveland fans for sticking with the team despite their woes.

8) Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia gets a bad reputation for being harsh on its guests, but its only a harsh locale because the fans here are so passionate. Don't show up wearing a New York Giants jersey and you'll be just fine!

9) Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis is one of just a handful of NFL cities that can say it filled its building over 100% capacity in 2011. While Indy ranked No. 20 overall in attendance, it ranked just behind the Dallas Cowboys for No. 2 in home percentage with 102.9.

10) New England, MA: It helps that the New England Patriots are a championship-caliber team year after year, but the fans here show a lot of love to their team. New England packed over 550,000 fans into Gillette Stadium in 2011, with an average home percentage of 100%.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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