Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald (91) and outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) during the first quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
1 San Francisco 49ers – Weakness at wide receiver is concerning, but their running game, duel tight ends, pistol-driven quarterback, mad-man-at-the-helm head coach, and indomitable spirit is just too much to rule out. Oh yea, and their defense isn’t bad either.
2 Detroit Lions – A dark horse, its hard to understand why more folks aren’t talking about this team. Despite having debatably the strongest defensive front in the NFC and a recharged secondary, the whole offense has turned into a collection of juggernauts with nuclear-level explosiveness.
3 Atlanta Falcons – Atlanta has everything going for them offensively this year. Defensively, that’s another manner. Osi Umenyiora is the only legitimate pass rusher on this team as the Falcons invested more into a net-like secondary. A strong running offensives are going to cause trouble for a Matt Ryan needing to have a breakout year.
4 Saint Louis Rams – Surprise, surprise, the Rams are another underdog this year. Looks for rookies Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree to have monster impacts on a team that bloodied the noses of several high-powered teams last season.
5 Dallas Cowboys – The ‘Boys always look good on paper, but this year might be different. Last year the story was less about Tony Romo and more about his horrible interior offensive line. Dallas went about fixing what ails them this offseason, but like every year, we’ll just have to see what new hole springs up in the boat.
TOP 5 OVERALL
1. Houston Texans
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Detroit Lions
4. Cincinnati Bengals
5. Atlanta Falcons