Super Bowl Contenders and Pretenders Through Week 7

Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterOctober 22, 2012

Seven weeks is a decent amount of time to separate the trash from the treasure, so to speak, when it comes to NFL teams and to size up who has a realistic chance of getting to the Super Bowl and who should be getting ready for the draft. 

Of course, a lot can and will change between now and playoff time. We've seen it play out year after year in the NFL, from the Packers looking out of it in November of 2010 to the Giants losing four games in a row in 2011. Both those teams went on to win the Super Bowl, and it's entirely possible that a team that is currently struggling could turn things around and win a championship. 

Who will it be this year? The Cowboys? The Patriots? (How weird does that feel, to even include them in this conversation...) The Steelers? All these teams have been inconsistent so far in 2012, and none of them reaching the Super Bowl would be shocking. (OK, maybe the Cowboys would be a bit of a surprise...)

In the video, my colleague Josh Zerkle and I run down a list of teams we think might be on the fence public perception-wise. I'm actually surprised how much we disagreed on most of these (though the team we agreed on is no surprise, at least to me). Let us know where you stand on each in the comments below and let us know if there's a surprise contender out there outside the usual suspects that we may have missed.