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    By Pat Kirwan | NFL.com
    Senior Analyst

    Trying to rank NFL teams from 1-32 is close to impossible in September, let alone in May, but it is always a good exercise to think about where the teams are right now. I prefer to look at teams in five groupings, rather than a pure ranking from top to bottom. Of course an injury to a Peyton Manning or a Tom Brady would drop their respective teams at least a tier or two.

    Teams in Tier 1 (1-6) look like locks to make the playoffs. Tier 2 (7-12) consists of teams that should make the playoffs. Teams that could be in contention for a playoff spot are in Tier 3 (13-18). Tier 4 (19-25) is where a long-range surprise will come from. It happened last year when the Saints, coming off a last-place finish in their division in 2008, went all the way to the Super Bowl championship. Finally, Tier 5 (26-32) is made up of teams in the rebuilding stage that are probably at least a year away from serious playoff contention. Nothing would please me more than if a team from Tier 5 proved me wrong. I would love to see one of these teams jump right up and win a division or grab a wild-card spot with 10 wins.

    Tier 1

    Indianapolis Colts -- Peyton Manning is calling the plays and executing the passing game like a surgeon. The Colts were 6-0 in the division last year and had the top conference record in the NFL at 10-2. They went 14-2 last year without Bob Sanders or Anthony Gonzalez.


    New Orleans Saints -- Drew Brees led the Saints offense to 510 points (31 per game) in 2009 and of course a Super Bowl victory. A second year in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' scheme will make that unit even more effective.


    Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are up this high because I believe Brett Favre is coming back and the "Williams wall" will avoid the four-game StarCaps suspensions this season. Minnesota was one of just two teams that went 8-0 at home last year and they seem to have the Packers' number.


    Dallas Cowboys: Some think this is too high for the Cowboys, but their quiet offseason, quality roster depth (outside of safety), and quarterback Tony Romo finally getting a playoff win set the stage for a big season in 2010. The Cowboys' defense only gave up 250 points last year (15.6 per game).


    San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers is the best quarterback in the division, the team went 11-0 to end the 2009 season and running back Ryan Mathews will have a solid rookie season replacing his boyhood idol, LaDainian Tomlinson. The rest of the division is closing in but all three teams are a year away from bringing the Chargers down.


    Green Bay Packers: The Packers had the top rushing defense in the NFL last year. Aaron Rodgers has plenty of receivers to throw to and the offensive line lucked out when Bryan Bulaga fell to them in the first round. The Packers allowed 68 total points in two games vs. the Vikings last year. They have to find a way to change that or it's wild card time again.


    Tier 2

    New York Jets: The Jets are a "hot" team, but do the acquisitions of Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie and Tomlinson offset the losses of Thomas Jones, Alan Faneca, Jay Feely and Leon Washington? Who wins the next chess match between Mark Sanchez and NFL defensive coordinators who studied the second-year QB all winter?


    Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens finally got Joe Flacco some receiver help and he is ready to get the ball to Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth when teams overplay Ray Rice and the run game. I still wonder about Baltimore's cornerbacks and the pass defense.


    Cincinnati Bengals: Many people have simply disregarded the Bengals and their 6-0 division record last season as a one-time event. Cincinnati established a solid running game and this year, with new weapons, the passing game should come alive.


    New York Giants: The Giants defense still has question marks, but the offense has firepower. The young wide receivers were a major concern this time last year, but they developed nicely and turned a weakness into a strength.

    New England Patriots: Lots of people are predicting the demise of the Patriots, but I don't see a doomsday scenario in New England. Brady led the No. 3 passing attack last season in his first year back from a knee injury, throwing 28 touchdown passes to just 13 picks. He will be better this season. The Pats have a tremendous home-field advantage (8-0 in the 2009 regular season) and an improved defense that gave up just 17.8 points per game last year.


    San Francisco 49ers: The Niners are a "hot" team poised to take the next step. They play very good defense (17.6 points per game) and quarterback Alex Smith is ready to play winning football. Look for WR Michael Crabtree to have a fine season and remember the Niners beat Arizona twice last year.




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    OH MY GOD! How in the world were the Colts able to function without a WR entering his third year in the league? That Peyton Manning IS a magician to pull off a feat like that!
     
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