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Top 10 NFL Teams Most Likely to Win Super Bowl 46: Fan’s Opinion
Super Bowl 46
Now that NFL football is back, fans are already looking ahead to Super Bowl 46. Some NFL teams have already helped themselves through trades and free agency. Other NFL teams are hoping that the future is now after a strong draft. My favorite team, the New Orleans Saints, is looking to get back to the Super Bowl after winning Super Bowl 44. Take a closer look at the top 10 most likely NFL teams to win Super Bowl 46.
10. Atlanta Falcons
Ever since Matt Ryan(notes) entered the NFL, Falcons fans have been dreaming of winning a Super Bowl. Ryan has another weapon this year in the person of Julio Jones(notes). But the Falcons play in the brutal NFC South. If they finish behind the Saints, Atlanta will have a tough road to Super Bowl 46.
In another era, this Jets team may have already won a Super Bowl. The Jets have one of the best defenses in the NFL and will always be contenders for the Super Bowl. But Sanchez is average at best. And in an era where all the rules favor the offense, NFL teams need more than mediocrity at QB to win the Super Bowl.
The Texans are my sleeper team in the NFL this year. Arian Foster(notes) and Andre Johnson(notes) are two of the best offensive players in the NFL. The Texans addressed their defensive deficiencies in the NFL Draft. The time is now for the Texans to take advantage of a down year in the AFC South and finally make the playoffs.
Before the NFL lockout ended, I picked the Eagles to win the NFC East. The additions they've made since then have helped them even more. But Vick is only 2-3 in the NFL Playoffs. And it will take time for all the new parts to gel. That may keep the Eagles out of a top seed in the NFC which will make it difficult for them to reach the Super Bowl.
The Steelers are a great NFL team and have a roster of winners. Roethlisberger knows how to win in the postseason and the Steelers should be serious contenders to win Super Bowl 46. But I'm concerned about the Steelers' antagonistic approach to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He could make their lives miserable in 2011.
As long as Peyton Manning(notes) is the Colts QB, Indy will always be Super Bowl contenders. The Colts have owned the AFC South and should still be one of the best teams in the NFL in 2011. The question for the Colts at this time is Manning's health. If his neck is 100%, the Colts could win Super Bowl 46.
The Ravens are the last NFL team to win the Super Bowl with a dominant defense and a bad offense. Joe Flacco(notes) always seems to be on the brink of becoming a great NFL QB. The Ravens still have a great defense. And Ray Rice(notes) is one of the best young RBs in the NFL. The Ravens could win their second Super Bowl this year.
In a conference filled with great teams, I believe the Patriots will be the best in 2011. Last year, Tom Brady(notes) had perhaps his greatest statistical season in the NFL. As a team, the Patriots led the NFL in scoring. New England added Chad Ochocinco(notes) and Albert Haynesworth(notes) and should represent the AFC in Super Bowl 46.
2. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have 19 of 22 starters returning. And where they have lost players, the replacements are better. The Saints improved their fourth ranked NFL defense. And more depth at RB will allow Drew Brees(notes) to be a top three NFL QB. The result of their first game at Green Bay may determine the NFC's top seed and this year's Super Bowl winner.
I know it's easy to pick the reigning Super Bowl champions to repeat in the NFL. But Aaron Rodgers(notes) may be the best QB in the NFL and he is still improving. The Packers won Super Bowl 45 while dealing with a rash of injuries. Like the Saints, the Packers' defense is underrated. The Packers could well be the NFL team of the decade in the 2010s.
"2010 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics," pro-football-reference.com
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