Who Are the NFL's Top 5 Teams Right Now?
The NFL just finished Week 12 of its season. It has been a crazy season thus far with still five weeks left to go, and so far five teams have set themselves apart from everyone else as Super Bowl favorites.
Teams who were thought to be at the top of their divisions surprisingly aren't, whether it be the Dallas Cowboys or even the San Francisco 49ers, and there are teams who everyone expected to do well that are.
From Randy Moss playing for three different teams to Andre Johnson's Mike Tyson-like punches on Cortland Finnegan, it sure has been a season to remember for years to come.
5. Baltimore Ravens
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The Baltimore Ravens might be the most balanced team in the NFL. Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Ray Lewis prove that on the field, and the stats show it.
Flacco is turning into the elite quarterback everyone expected him to be, and Rice is a monster in the run game. Lewis, as always, has the defense on point.
The Ravens are my pick to win their division even with the Steelers to compete with.
4. San Diego Chargers
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People will be screaming as to why San Diego is even in my top five. The Chargers lead the NFL in total defense and total offense.
Even with a 6-5 record the Chargers are primed for another playoff run, but if and only if the special teams can hold up like they have the last three weeks.
Philip Rivers leads the league in passing yards and touchdowns, and Mike Tolbert is a train in the run game. Not to mention Ron Rivera has his defense as good as ever.
The Chargers have the coaches and talent to compete and beat anybody in the NFL.
3. New York Jets
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The Jets are 9-2. However, that record could show 6-5 if luck wasn't on their side. The only thing keeping them in my top five is their record.
Mark Sanchez has proven he can win the close ones even with less than stellar play this year. The defense is once again one of the meanest in the NFL. And Santonio Holmes sure helps, doesn't he?
2. Atlanta Falcons
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Let's face it: No one had the Atlanta Falcons leading the Saints in the NFC South.
With Matt Ryan in charge and Michael Turner running through tackles, they could easily be the best team in the NFL.
They have shown they can win the close games, which is something they struggled with last year. Their 9-2 record shows that.
1. New England Patriots
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I can hear Steelers fans screaming for a top five spot. Even though the Steelers are 8-3, I feel the damage against the Patriots and Saints showed they aren't top five as of now.
So the No. 1 spot goes to the New England Patriots.
Tom Brady is on his way to the second best year in his career. With the emergence of Danny Woodhead and the rebirth of Deion Branch, it adds to the weapons and big play guys the Patriots carry. Wes Welker is, well, Wes Welker.
The Patriots are not just a passing team and now have established a running game with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Woodhead. Brandon Tate is also coming up quickly with his special teams and wide receiver play.
While the defense has been below par, you have to remember they are very young and have lots of potential. They are also now known to come up big when needed, and that's something that shows how much they have grown since the losses to the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.
Bill Belichick has his team playing its best at the right time, and that could mean another ring on his finger.