NFL Predictions: 2010-11 Season's Top Five Teams

Chris MatcovichCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2010

NFL Predictions: 2010-11 Season's Top Five Teams

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    The 2010-11 NFL season kicked off last night with the New Orleans Saints beating the Minnesota Vikings 14-9.  The rest of the teams will play their openers either Sunday or Monday.

    There is always debate early in the season as to who is the best team, or which teams are Super Bowl contenders.

    Here is the list of the top five NFL teams to start the season.

5. New York Jets

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    With Revis back on an already strong defense, the Jets should have no trouble stopping other teams' offenses.

    The questions for the Jets are clearly on the offensive side of the ball.  The Jets need Mark Sanchez to take the next step in his development and they also need Shonn Greene to pick up the workload at running back due to the departure of Thomas Jones.

    People always say that defense wins championships. The Jets hope this is true.

4. Dallas Cowboys

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    During the draft, the Cowboys added a complement to Miles Austin by getting talented wide receiver Dez Bryant.  The Cowboys' major problem on offense during the Tony Romo Era has been consistency and producing in pressure situations.

    On D, Dallas still has one of the best front seven in football.  The only weakness is in the secondary, which includes an aging Terrance Newman.

    The Boys have to show they can win big games this regular season if they have any shot of reaching their goal of playing home for the Super Bowl.

3. Minnesota Vikings

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    The Vikings D was awesome last night, moreso up front than in the secondary.  Nonetheless, they only allowed 14 points to the dynamic Saints' offense.

    The problem the Vikings have at this point is that Brett Favre looks old and rusty.  Favre didn't look sharp at all last night and although many will attribute this to lack of practice/his ankle injury, it also might be time to consider that Favre just doesn't have that much left.

    The Vikings will get better as the season progresses and Favre gets more reps, but can he put up the kind of numbers he did last season?  Only time will tell.

2. New Orleans Saints

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    The game last night was a defensive struggle, or some may say it was sloppy first game. Either way, the Saints started their season with a win.

    Although New Orleans only scored 14 points, Drew Brees looked sharp behind center, distributing the ball to all his wide receivers.

    Not as much can be said about the defense, since the Vikings looked out of tune on offense.

    The Saints should be the top dog again in the NFC this season.

1. Indianapolis Colts

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    The Colts will be looking for blood when the season starts, especially quarterback Peyton Manning.  Losing in the Super Bowl last season definitely left a bad taste in his mouth and Manning will be even more focused this year in efforts to get his second ring.

    Two players come back from injury this season, wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez and safety Bob Sanders.  Both could have major impacts on this team if they can get back to their previous forms.

    The Colts will no doubt win at least 11 games this season and should be the favorite not only to win the AFC South, but to win the Super Bowl.