1. New England Patriots – The reigning Champions may be decimated by injury, but they find ways to win like no other team.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers – 15-1 in the regular season. The only question is how will rookie phenom Ben Roethlisberger handle the postseason pressure? My guess is he’ll do just fine.
3. Philadelphia Eagles – No T.O. and their vulnerability to the run drops them to number three.
4. Green Bay Packers – Their pass defense may be suspect, but with Minnesota and Atlanta as their most probable opponents, they’re most likely to be playing in Philly in late January.
5. Indianapolis Colts – My AFC preseason pick for the Super Bowl would be ranked much higher if they didn’t have to win on the road … twice.
6. San Diego Chargers – Nobody’s talking much about this team as a contender, but they’ve got the goods to win. Question - can they win three in a row?
7. Atlanta Falcons – A great season for the Dirty Birds so far, but I just don’t see a team that is so dependent on one player advancing against the NFL’s elite.
8. Seattle Seahawks – The ‘Hawks’ inability to protect a lead offsets an offense that has finally awakened from its long slumber.
9. New York Jets – Should they be able to find the end zone and somehow get past San Diego, they’ll face Pittsburgh and, most likely New England on the road. Not a pretty picture.
10. St. Louis Rams – The team most likely to pull off an upset in the first round will never be able to win three in a row on the road; a feat they’ve been unable to pull off yet this year.
11. Denver Broncos – The Broncos are 10-point underdogs against the Colts this weekend. It will be an accomplishment for them to cover.
12. Minnesota Vikings
– Randy Moss will be walking off of the field early this Sunday, too.
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