Paul Domowitch's top 10 teams

Posted: September 07, 2012

1. Packers: They've still got some defensive concerns, but their Aaron Rodgers-led offense is the closest thing I've ever seen to unstoppable.

2. 49ers: Alex Smith isn't a great quarterback, but when you've got the league's best defense and a competent ground game, he doesn't need to be.

3. Patriots: They managed to make it to the Super Bowl last year with the league's 31st-ranked defense. With the pieces they added in the draft, their defense should be much better. And even if it's not, they've still got Tom Brady.

4. Giants: Eli Manning finished second in the league in fourth-quarter passing and third in third-down passing last year.

5. Ravens: Joe Flacco, who is 44-20 as a starter, is a man on two missions. He wants a new contract and he wants a Super Bowl ring.

6. Eagles: The preseason did nothing to erase concerns over Michael Vick's ability to stay healthy for 16 games.

7. Texans: Cap problems forced them to part with some very good players, but they still have enough to make a playoff run.

8. Lions: The Lions have 21 of 22 players back from a team that won 10 games last season, including wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who caught 16 TD passes and averaged 17.5 yards per catch.

9. Broncos: If they could win eight games with Tim Tebow at quarterback, they should be able to win 10 or 11 with Peyton Manning at the controls.

10. Bengals: If Andy Dalton doesn't suffer a sophomore slump, Bengals should be able to contend for the AFC North title.

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