Published: September 10th, 2009 | Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jay Cutler, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagle, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Tony Dungy
Every year, I believe there are eight teams that legitimately fit into the Super Bowl conversation. And every year, one team jumps into the mix, like the Arizona Cardinals did last season. Here are my 2009 Elite 8 teams:
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
I have been on the record as saying that I thought the Chicago Bears would make the Super Bowl representing the NFC with the acquisition of QB Jay Cutler. I do believe the Bears have the talent to get there but the receiver position is a major concern. You need to look no further than the Philadelphia Eagles for the last 10 years.
New England Patriots
San Diego Chargers
I am as shocked as you are that the Colts are not on this list. I don’t have doubts the Colts will make the playoffs but there are too many mitigating circumstances to put them in the Elite 8 (Tony Dungy‘s retirement, consultant coaches, new defensive coordinator, suspect offensive line).
Let’s talk about the contenders. As I said, it never fails that a few teams have magical years. Here is my list of playoff-caliber contenders other than the Bears and Colts who have the personnel to get to the big dance.
NFC On the Fringe:
NFC South Division winner (Saints, Falcons or Panthers)
What Say You?
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