With the NFL preseason set to kickoff Thursday night, now is the time to take a quick look at the teams most likely to make that SuperBowl push. These five teams have all the elements of a Champion but the funny, and great, thing about the NFL is that on any given year, surprise teams can rise up to take the prize. Will one of these teams be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy come February?
5. New Orleans Saints (NFC)
The Saints enter the season boasting a Championship caliber offense that could easily lead it to the promised land. Drew Brees is an elite quarterback who has a SuperBowl win already under his belt and is looking to add to the collection. The only question mark is a defense that can look anemic at times.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)
The defending AFC Champions have all the pieces in place that put them in the big game last season. The only problem is that they are another year older and when you take a serious look at their punishing defense, older is definitely not a good thing. On the plus side, the offense should even be better than last year and should be poised to make another run at SuperBowl win number 7.
3. New England Patriots (AFC)
When you have a Bill Belichick and a Tom Brady then you are always a favorite to win it all. But this year, the Patriots have taken bold steps to upgrade on both sides of the balls. The moves they made this offseason will either spring them to the top or sink their ship but betting on the track record Belichick brings, expect a Super run.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (NFC)
Speaking of teams that have changed via free agency, the Eagles have scarfed up darn near every quality free agent this offseason in a one year attempt to create the NFL version of the 'Dream Team'. A solid playoff team last year, the new additions easily bump Philly up into SuperBowl favorites. But with that comes the pressure to perform, which is a whole different ballgame.
1. Green Bay Packers (NFC)
The defending SuperBowl Champions haven't made any significant splashes this offseason in free agency, which is exactly the right thing to do. Keeping the core of a Champion intact is key to repeating. Besides, the Pack return upwards to 8 players that were lost to injured reserve last season so it's like an infusion of talent without all the messiness of recruiting.
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