NFL Power Rankings: Colts on top heading into 2010-2011 NFL season

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#1 Indianapolis Colts

Despite losing to the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl last season, Peyton Manning and company are the top dogs in the NFL power rankings heading into next season and justifiably so as they will have relatively the same team intact and ready to contend for another title.

 

#2 San Diego Chargers

Heading into the playoffs last season, the San Diego Chargers were arguably the hottest team in the league as they won 11 straight games to finish the regular season.
Unfortunately, the Chargers failed to continue their success in the postseason as they were knocked out of contention by the New York Jets, but this season could be San Diego’s year.

 

#3 Minnesota Vikings

This number three ranking for the Minnesota Vikings all depends on the return of Brett Favre as without the future Hall of Fame quarterback, the NFC Conference heavyweights will almost certainly drop much lower on this list and quite possibly out of the top ten.
If Favre comes back, and he most likely will, the Vikings will be legitimate Super Bowl title contenders once again and favorites to come out of the NFC Conference.

 

#4 Dallas Cowboys

The one team in the NFL that has everything going for them next season is America’s Team.

Not only is the Super Bowl being played at Cowboys Stadium in February, but Dallas has made some considerable upgrades, especially on offense with the addition of rookie
wide receiver Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys still have some offensive line issues that could turn out to be a big problem, but as of right now, Tony Romo and company will come into the season with high hopes of doing something that no other team has ever done in playing in a Super Bowl on their home field.

 

#5 New Orleans Saints

The defending Super Bowl champions were the team to beat last season came out with their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, but this time around they are ranked fifth on NFL power rankings list heading into the season and will have to prove to the league once again that they are a serious force to be reckoned with in the NFC Conference once again.

Look for another big season from Drew Brees and maybe a breakout season for Reggie Bush!

 

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#6 Green Bay Packers

 

The Packers go as Aaron Rodgers does, so if the new Green Bay gunslinger has another great year, the Cheese Heads will follow!

 

#7 Philadelphia Eagles

The Kevin Kolb era in Philly begins!
Last season the young quarterback played like a Pro Bowler in his time behind center, but now he will have to do it for an entire season and the pressure might be too much to
handle, especially in Philly, but I believe he is up to the task.

 

#8 Arizona Cardinals

Much like the Eagles, the Cardinals no longer have a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback (Kurt Warner) and their future success if very much up in the air with an unproven quarterback behind center.

The future of the franchise is now in the hands of former USC Heisman trophy winning quarterback Matt Leinart. Even though the Leinart could fall flat on his face next season, backup quarterback Derek Anderson will be waiting on the sidelines for his chance.

I think the Cards are ranked a bit too high on his list without Kurt Warner coming back, but they could surprise some teams next season.

 

#9 Cincinnati Bengals

Last year the Bengals had somewhat of a breakout year as they finally got their Pro Bowl quarterback back behind center who led them to AFC North division, established one of the best running games in the league with running back Cedric Benson and became a dominant team on the defense.
Next season Cincinnati will have the same team relatively intact, possibly with Terrell Owens playing alongside Chad Ochocinco, and a great chance of heading into the playoffs once again.

 

#10 New England Patriots

The New England Patriots could quite possibly be on the verge of no longer being a force to be reckoned with in the AFC Conference, but they might have one more promising season with a shot at contending for another Super Bowl title.

Tom Brady is working on a contract extension which could have him making more than any other player in the league, but next season will be a big indicator on whether or not he is over the hill or able to lead this team in another championship run for a ring.

 

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Baltimore Ravens (11), New York Jets (12), Pittsburgh Steelers (13), Houston Texans (14), Atlanta Falcons (15), Tennessee Titans (16), Denver Broncos (17), Carolina Panthers (18), San Francisco 49ers (19), New York Giants (20), Miami Dolphins (21), Chicago Bears (22), Jacksonville Jaguars (23), Buffalo Bills (24), Cleveland Browns (25), Oakland Raiders (26), Seattle Seahawks (27), Kansas City Chiefs (28), Washington Redskins (29), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30), Detroit Lions (31), St. Louis Rams (32)

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