NFL Teams On The Rise: Power Ranking Which Teams Will Make The Playoffs in 2011

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NFL Teams On The Rise: Power Ranking Which Teams Will Make The Playoffs in 2011
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Occupying the spotlight is nothing new for the Dallas Cowboys, but if you can somehow look past Jerry Jones' coaching questions, and take a look at the NFL's other more important storylines, I promise you it will be worth your while.

On the topic of hogging the spotlight, it isn't rare to see fans and the media surround themselves on the division leaders.  Once again we see a year that features the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants heavily, and as exciting as this always is, many up-and-coming teams are left unnoticed.

I guess what I'm trying to say, is that the NFL is not an easy league anymore.  Never again will we see teams roll over for their opponents, and although Week 9 has provided us with upsets galore, the leagues "weaker" teams are no longer a sudden cakewalk.

So which teams are on the rise to playoff glory for the 2011 season?

Maybe it's a little early to judge just yet.  But while we're at least thinking about it, here's a quick peak on the 10 NFL teams you can expect to make a playoff push next season, even if 2010 falls in a burning heap.

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