Power 5: The Top NFL Teams in each Conference

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Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) stiffarms New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

 

AFC

1 Houston Texans – With a veteran secondary anchored by Ed Reed and Jonathan Joseph, a young pass rush lead by JJ Watt makes this defense explosive. As long as the offense can hold together, this team has Super Bowl stamped on its forehead.

2 Cincinnati Bengals – A dense defense populated by a core group that has been born in orange looks to take the AFC by storm. The question these first few weeks will be if Andy Dalton will be able to tame the hydra-like offense that the Queen City hasn’t seen the likes of since 2005.New England Patriots – The Pats are a lot like an SEC team at this point in the year; the ranking is their’s until someone says otherwise. While there is a lot of youth on both sides of the ball in Foxborough, this is still the house that Tom built… and he hasn’t left the building.

3 New England Patriots – The Pats are a lot like an SEC team at this point in the year; the ranking is their’s until someone says otherwise. While there is a lot of youth on both sides of the ball in Foxborough, this is still the house that Tom built… and he hasn’t left the building.

4 Denver Broncos – The loss of Von Miller can’t be overstated enough. Having Peyton under center does give the Broncos the ability to turn any game into a shootout, but defensive adjustments and an aging secondary make the team with the easiest schedule in the NFL a mortal entity.

5 Kansas City Chiefs – The ludicrous amount of Pro-Bowlers on this roster may not have gotten the quarterback they wanted, but they got the one they needed. Alex Smith’s managerial approach will facilitate the rest of this roster to take care of business the way that many thought they would have last year. Expect more than a few surprises from this Chiefs team.

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  • Ben Peterson

    It seems just straight-up offensive to put a team that went 4-12 last year above teams that won 10 games *cough*seahawks*cough*

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    Just don’t see the Texans as the top team in the AFC……
    Denver
    Patriots
    Bengals
    Texans
    Colts
    NFC-
    San Fran
    Atlanta
    Green Bay
    Seattle
    Detroit