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Best Bet (plus three)

September 04, 2013 by Steel Haven

Rnk LY* Team Record* Comments
1. 1. Denver Broncos 13-3 Looking for revenge in the opener after horrific playoff loss to the Ravens.
2. 6. Green Bay Packers 11-5 Like the Broncos open up against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs.
3. 5. Seattle Seahawks 11-5 Would have been even scarier with a healthy Harvin.
4. 4. Atlanta Falcons 13-3 Regular season is meaningless for them, need to win some playoff games.
5. 3. San Francisco 49ers 11-4-1 Can't afford for Kaepernick to have a sophomore slump.
6. 2. New England Patriots 12-4 Will Brady begin to look human as he ages and the talent level around him continues to deteriorate?
7. 8. Houston Texans 12-4 Was last season’s late collapse a harbinger of things to come or just a blip on the radar?
8. 11. Cincinnati Bengals 10-6 Dalton needs to step up.
9. 9. Baltimore Ravens 10-6 Super Bowl champions lost a lot through retirement, free agency and trades.
10. 18. New Orleans Saints 7-9 Payton suspension proved how much coaching matters.
11. 14. New York Giants 9-7 Seem to make a run every other season, so this should be their year.
12. 10. Washington Redskins 10-6 RGIII will start the opener.
13. 13. Chicago Bears 10-6 Stagnated under Lovie. Out of the box hire Trestman will try to get them over the hump.
14. 7. Indianapolis Colts 11-5 Repeating last year's magical run will not be easy.
15. 12. Minnesota Vikings 10-6 Hand the ball to Purple Jesus and get out of the way.
16. 15. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8 Roethlisberger needs to stay on the field for there to be any hope.
17. 19. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 Stayed the course with Romo and Garrett. Why would anyone expect a different result?
18. 22. St. Louis Rams 7-8-1 Fisher has them pointed in the right direction.
19. 20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9 Can Freeman take the next step? The rest of the pieces appear to be in place.
20. 16. Carolina Panthers 7-9 Newton needs more help, if only he had Tampa's weapons.
21. 31. Kansas City Chiefs 2-14 Could surprise. Have talent and Reid knows how to win regular season games.
22. 28. Detriot Lions 4-12 Schwartz gets one more opportunity to try to instill some discipline.
23. 26. Arizona Cardinals 5-11 Not sure why they are so enamored with former Steelers offensive coordinators.
24. 23. Tennessee Titans 6-10 Banking on bounce back season by CJ behind rebuilt interior offensive line.
25. 21. Miami Dolphins 7-9 Can Wallace help open up the offense?
26. 29. Philadelphia Eagles 4-12 Hard to envision Vick surviving an entire season in Kelly's offense.
27. 27. Cleveland Browns 5-11 Starting over again.
28. 17. San Diego Chargers 7-9 Recent past suggests Rivers unlikely to overcome lack of weapons and offensive line talent.
29. 24. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Return to practice of Manuel should keep undrafted rookie free agent Tuel out of the starting lineup for the opener.
30. 32. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-14 Gabbert gets another chance.
31. 25. New York Jets 6-10 Forced to sign Brady Quinn after final cuts, enough said.
32. 30. Oakland Raiders 4-12 A dumpster fire.

*Last year's final ranking/record

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