The 2011 NFL season began with the Green Bay Packers as heavy favorites to not only repeat as Super Bowl champions, but dominate in doing so. However, as the New York Giants showed us, that is why they play the games.
With an unexpected, eerily familiar run to the Super Bowl in 2011, the Giants took down not only the high-flying Green Bay Packers, but the powerful New England Patriots as well to reclaim the Vince Lombardi trophy.
But who will take home the title this year?
We can't know. It seems doubtful that the New York Giants would have been the pick of many heading into last year. There are, however, a handful of teams that will, barring injuries, almost certainly make a run at Super Bowl 47.
In a league that is now packed to the brim with talented teams, there is a case for just about any team in the NFL to make a run, as is evident by the New York Giants' most recent mad dash through the playoffs. These are the teams most poised to make that run as we look forward to the 2012 season.