Top Ten NFL Teams That Could Win Super Bowl XLIX
Take a Look at the Top Super Bowl XLIX Contenders
2014 NFL Season
After watching the Patriots, the Broncos, and the Colts (thank goodness) sew up play-off berths yesterday, I thought we’d start the week with a top ten that’s a little different. We’re going to take a look at the five AFC teams and five NFC teams that stand the best chance of taking it all this year. Fair warning that it’s kind of a mess right now, but things will become more clear once Week 15’s match-ups between the Colts and Cowboys, Lions and Bears, Packers and Bucs, and Seahawks and Cardinals are said and done. Here goes nothin’.
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1. The New England Patriots, sitting pretty at 11-3, are almost certain to be the No. 1 seed in the AFC (they win the tiebreaker over both the Broncos and the Colts). I’m thinking it’s going to be more than a little bit difficult for anyone to beat the Pats if they’re at Gillette throughout the postseason, so they’re my current favorite to take it all.
2. The Denver Broncos should take the No. 2 seed in the AFC and will clinch a first-round bye if they win one more game. The finish out the year with the Bengals and the Raiders, so I’m going to take a shot in the dark that they’ll get another W. Just a guess.
3. The Indianapolis Colts are projected to be the AFC’s No. 3 seed, but don’t really stand a chance of clinching a first-round bye (in addition to the Pats, the Broncos win the tiebreaker over Indy). The Colts’ final two games are against the Cowboys (could be challenging) and the Titans (should be an easy win), so we should expect to see them at home during Wild Card weekend. I know my tickets are bought and paid for.
4. The AFC North play-off picture is still something of a muddled mess. The Bengals lead the division right now, but I’m liking the Pittsburgh Steelers to come back in the final two weeks of the regular season. They have two home games (against the Chiefs and the Bengals) to round out the year and you can bet that the Terrible Towels will be out in full force.
5. The Kansas City Chiefs are currently sitting just outside of the postseason picture at 8-6. They currently own the head-to-head tiebreakers against both the Chargers and the Bills. The final two weeks of the season see the Chiefs taking on the Steelers at Heinz and the Chargers at Arrowhead. This could get interesting down the stretch, folks.
6. The 11-3 Arizona Cardinals are the NFC West leader at present. The Cards were once a major favorite to take the Lombardi this year, but hopes have waned a bit with their quarterbacks dropping like flies. They are, nonetheless, headed to the play-offs and secure a first-round bye.
7. The Green Bay Packers (who suffered a painful loss to the Buffalo Bills yesterday) are sitting at 10-4. They didn’t clinch a postseason berth and are now tied with the Detroit Lions atop the NFC North. Fans should hang onto their hats. It’s gonna be a wild ride down the stretch.
8. Question of the year: Are the Seattle Seahawks back? The ‘Hawks, sitting at 10-4, seem to be peaking at the right time; they knocked their rival San Francisco 49ers out of play-off contention yesterday. As it stands right now, they’ll be a Wild Card team, but I could see them coming on strong once the postseason hits.
9. After last night’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys sit alone atop the NFC East. I’m hesitant to say that I see the ‘Boys going past the first-round of the postseason, but Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray are absolutely forces to be reckoned with. This is why we play the game, right?
10. I’m pretty impressed with how the Detroit Lions have looked of late (much better than when they went 0-16, for sure). They eked out a win over the Vikings yesterday, should beat the Bears at Soldier Field next week, and face a tough, tough, tough match-up (that could very well be for the division) on December 28. You won’t want to miss that one.