NFL Rankings: Each Team's Chances of Winning a Super Bowl In The Near Future

Joe IannelloAnalyst IIIFebruary 15, 2011

NFL Rankings: Each Team's Chances of Winning a Super Bowl In The Near Future

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    So you're telling me there's a chance! All but one fan base across the country was disappointed their team did not take home the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl XLV. They will have to wait another year (with the possibility of a lockout) to see if their team has tinkered and tweaked their lineup just enough to push them too the top.

    Football fans are the greatest fans in the world, and they come back each year despite the hardships and heartbreaks they endure every season. They are what drives the league's multi-billion dollar industry, so here is a look at each of the 32 NFL teams chances to win a Super Bowl in the next five years.

Arizona Cardinals

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    The NFL is a cold game sometimes. The Arizona Cardinals made the playoffs in 2008 and won their first home playoff game in 60 years (they never played a home playoff game while in St. Louis despite winning two division titles) by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 30-24 in the Wild Card Round. They then upset the Carolina Panthers 33-13 in Charlotte in the Divisional Playoffs. With my Eagles winning the next day, the Cardinals, as the only remaining NFC Division Champion, earned the right to host the first Championship Game in their team history.

    On Jan. 18, 2009, the Cardinals defeated the Eagles 32-25 to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history where they eventually lost to Pittsburgh. 

    The 2009 season saw the Cardinal's return to the playoffs where they eventually lost to the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

    The future looks dimmer now for the Cardinals then it did the past few seasons. Kurt Warner has retired and the thought of former back-up Matt Leinart becoming a starter in the NFL has become an after-thought.

    The offense is still LOADED with talent with perennial All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald who many consider to be the best wide receiver in the game today. They lost Anquan Boldin. but Steve Breaston has shown that he is more than capable of being the next premier wide-out on Arizona. "Beanie" Wells is an absolute beast who at 6'2, 230 lbs. had a down year after a solid rookie season. Look for Wells to bounce back this year if the QB situation gets sorted out.

    The defense will continue to produce with guys like Darnell Dockett and Adrian Wilson locked up for years to come. Look for the Cardinals to listen to their best player and go after Kolb or Bulger this off season. If they can add one of these QB's to this team that is ready to win now, expect the Card's to bounce back strong.

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Average

Atlanta Falcons

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    The Falcons finished the 2010 season with the best record in the NFC. They are led by Matt "Matty Ice" Ryan and Micheal Turner. Roddy White has blossomed into one of the best pass-catchers in the entire NFL after he led the league in receptions and garnered All-Pro honors.

    This team is built to win now and built for the future with the younger players already listed and the seasoned veterans on the team like Tony Gonzalez and John Abraham. Brent Grimes was plucked out of D-II Shippensburg and made his first Pro-Bowl this year.

    Quite simply, the team is stocked with talent and they have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Watch for this team to improve their linebacking corps and their interior defensive lineman and they will continue to be a threat to win the NFC.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Above Average.

Baltimore Ravens

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    The Ravens finished the 2010 season with a 12-4 record and a home loss to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The team has improved steadily under Head Coach John Harbaugh and will be a title contender for years to come.

    Or will they? Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Derrick Mason are clearly the heart and soul of this team, but how much longer can/will they play? They can't play forever can they?

    Even while entertaining the idea of life without Ray Lewis or Ed Reed, Harbaugh can sleep soundly remembering the likes of Haloti Ngata, a top three interior lineman, Terrell Suggs and Terrance Cody just to name a few.

    The offense is led by towering Joe Flacco who is surrounded by explosive talent everywhere he looks in Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Willis McGahee and Todd Heap. The Ravens have consistently demonstrated the ability to draft well and if they add a few missing pieces, they could be the next team to be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Above Average.

Buffalo Bills

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    Has any teams fan base gone through more heartaches than Buffalo's? Four Super Bowl losses in a row from 1991 to 1994 might be enough to drive anyone insane, but the Bill's faithful have stayed strong through these lowly times. 

    The Bills need to address their quarterback situation first and foremost if they want to move forward as a franchise. Is Ryan Fitzpatrick really the answer? They have an excellent running back in Fred Jackson who showed this past season that he is capable of carrying a heavy workload, and decent skill position players in Lee Evans and C.J. Spiller.

    The Bills need to do a better job drafting if they want to turn around this once proud franchise, because there are not enough playmakers on the defensive or offensive side of the ball. Don't worry about suffering through another Super Bowl heartbreak for a while Buffalo. You won't be making one anytime soon.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Terrible.

Carolina Panthers

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    Steve Smith is one of the best players in the game today. Every time he touches the ball it seems like he has a chance to take it the distance.

    The Panthers showed this year that it doesn't matter how good of a wide receiver you have when you don't have anyone to get him the ball. Smith has been a no-brainer to collect 1,000 yards in a season, but was held to just 46 catches for 554 yards and two touchdowns last season.

    The Panthers do have some nice skill players like DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, and solid NFL players on defense in Jon Beason and Chris Gamble but the Panthers record last year showed us that they have a long way to go.

    Is Jimmy Clausen the answer?

    Don't expect the Panthers to bounce back big like the Rams and Dolphins have in previous years.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Terrible.

Chicago Bears

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    The Bears showed their fans that they are in it to win it when they signed game-changer Julius Peppers last summer to a huge contract.

    Peppers PAID instant dividends to the Bears in his first season by bringing the vaunted Bears 'D"  back to one of the tops in the league.

    Johnny Knox was a steal in the draft and has the type of speed that lets Jay Cutler show off that arm of his. Joseph Forte is a solid, complete back who has shown the ability to exceed in all areas asked of him.

    Devin Hester is one of the top three kick returners of all time and has not shown any signs of "slowing" down as of yet.

    Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs for years have formed one of the most devastating and intimidating linebacker corps in all of football.

    The question with the Bears lies in their quarterback. Will the REAL Jay Cutler please stand up? (off the bicycle) Bears fans will always wonder which Cutler will play that day. The QB who can throw for 400 yards and four TD's, or the Cutler who can throw four INT's.

    The Bears have the team in place to make another run at the Super Bowl, but I am not a believer in Jay Cutler. What do you think? Maybe he will prove me wrong.

     

    Chances of making the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Average.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Well, at least the Bengals have the T.Ocho Show. Correction, at least they HAD the T.Ocho Show. The Bengals have already stated that they will not be extending T.O's contract and Chad has stated many times that he wishes to be traded.

    Carson Palmer has been the steady face of the franchise for nearly a decade, but even he has asked for a trade.

    The Bengals had a solid 2009 season and were expected to be in the hunt this past season as a Super Bowl contender, but very early in the season they showed that they were just pretenders.

    Cedric Benson has seemed to have resurrected his career with the Bengals, but there is not the supporting cast and line around him to consider the Bengals a threat to the Lombardi Trophy. If Carson Palmer leaves, then the Bengals will have serious problems contending for a playoff spot in the tough AFC in the near future.

     

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Poor.

Cleveland Browns

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    The Browns have been the brunt of jokes for a long time. Now, they have a running back in Peyton Hillis who laughs at cornerbacks that try and tackle him. That's right, the guy with the Incredible Hulk arms single-handedly moved the Browns offense this past season.

    Sure Colt McCoy helped a little, but lets think about this Brown's fans; What if Hillis had a premier wide receiver or tight end at his disposal?

    The Browns do have a book-end tackle in Joe Thomas who will continue to be an All-Pro for the next decade, and Joshua Cribbs, who seems to return a kickoff for a touchdown at least a couple of times a year.

    But there are too many holes surrounding this team in the skill positions to consider them a contender in the near future.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Poor.

Dallas Cowboys

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    Let me get this out right off the bat, I HATE the Cowboys. Their owner, quarterback (who plays golf seemingly better than QB...joking) and their ridiculously nice stadium (which still was a total disaster at the Super Bowl) drive me nuts.

    I can not however dispute their talent. Even though this year was a wash, many national columnists and "experts" had the Cowboys as the favorite to come out of the NFC.

    Their offense is loaded with top-tier talent like Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Roy Williams, Jason Witten, Felix Jones and "Can I have your autograph" Tashard Choice. Tony Romo is apart of the offense too.

    Their defense is why many people will again favor the Cowboys this coming season. Led by All-Pro DeMarcus Ware who may be the most dominant player in the league the past three seasons, the 'Boys defense is extremely stout up front. Jay Ratliff and Marcus Spears combine to make a dominant front 3.

    The offense and defense are filled with potential and perennial All-Pro's, but until Tony Romo shows that he can win a big game (and not fumble a snap on a kick) the Cowboys will not win a Super Bowl. Maybe he will prove me wrong?

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Average.

Denver Broncos

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    The picture above is one of my favorite players of all time.

    Now that I got that out of the way, let's talk about the Broncos. After surprising many when they drafted up for Tim Tebow in the first round, he showed glimpses that he will continue to win just like he did in high school and college.There are some things you can not coach, and Tim Tebow has them.

    Elvis Dumervil is a pleasure to watch play the game. He is an undersized warrior with a relentless motor. D.J. Williams and "The Champ" have been reliable NFL players for a long time. Ryan Clady is one of the best tackles in the NFL.Knowshown Moreno is a fast, quick, and instinctive runner who should be another great running back in Denver history.

    The Broncos have a lot of well-known players, but not enough talent to challenge for a Super Bowl very soon.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Poor.

Detroit Lions

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    The Detroit Lions have been the laughing stock in the league even before Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor started rocking the sweatshirts on Home Improvement.

    But don't be fooled, this isn't the same old Lions.

    It seems like the Lions' front office has FINALLY gotten the hang of the whole draft picking thing and has brought in some outstanding talent.

    With Calvin Johnson leading a talented group of young wide-outs who are being thrown to by strong-armed Matthew Stafford, the Lions will continue to improve. Jahvid Best will prove to be a steal in the late first round.

    Ndamukong Suh is already one of the most dominant defensive players in the entire NFL. He has the rare blend of speed, strength, quickness and instincts that come around once in a lifetime. Paired with the experience and professionalism of a Kyle Vanden Bosch, he should continue to grow into a dominating interior lineman.

    With a few more good drafts and a healthy Matthew Stafford, the Lions could become a contender.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Slightly Below Average.

Green Bay Packers

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    The Packers won the Super Bowl and brought the Lombardi Trophy back to its rightful home.

    Aaron Rodgers has let the "Cheeseheads" sleep easy and forget about Brett Farve. He has proven himself at such an early point in career to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the entire NFL. In five years, he may be without question the best quarterback in the league.

    He is surrounded with some of the best talent in the league. Heck, he won the Super Bowl without stud running back Ryan Grant. If you can make a guy named James Starks out of Buffalo into a household name in a few playoff games then you are certanily the real deal.

    The Pack lost player after player this year to season-ending injuries and that still did not stop them. They lost two of their best defensive players in the biggest game of the season and still managed to beat the mighty Steelers.

    Clay Matthews, steroids or no steroids is a beast and one of the most intimidating forces in the league. B.J. Raji is one of the top three interior defensive lineman in the NFL.

    Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones and a healthy Jermicheal Finley give Rodgers more than enough options to keep him happy.

    Expect at least one more Super Bowl in the next five years.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Excellent.

Houston Texans

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    Arian Foster may be the hardest runner in the league.

    Matt Schaub has shown that he can throw it around with the best of them.

    Andre Johnson may have the hardest punch in the league, just ask Cortland Finnegan. In all seriousness, he is a perennial all-pro at wide receiver that is built like a linebacker.

    Mario Williams has proven to the NFL that he was the right pick taken at No. one overall when not many others thought it was a good idea.

    DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing if healthy can be as dominant a pair of linebackers in the league.

    The problem with the Texans is that they have a few great players, but not enough solid players. With a few solid drafts to fill in some glaring wholes, the Texans could turn into a contender.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Slightly Below Average.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Say what you want about Peyton Manning's .500 career playoff record, the guy is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league and one of the best of all-time.

    With the exception of Tom Brady, no one player has meant more to a team than Peyton Manning. The guy holds the record for most MVP awards with four and was the MVP of Super Bowl XLI. Players and coaches have changed in Indy, but the quarterback has not.

    I do not even feel that I need to mention two of the best defensive ends in the league and all of the skill position players that surround Manning. Because....

    As long as Number 18 is your quarterback, you always have a shot.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Above Average.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Watching Maurice Jones-Drew plow through defenses like a wrecking ball will never get old.

    David Garrard has proven that he is an above average NFL quarterback.

    Mercedes Lewis and Mike Sims-Walker had solid seasons and need to prove that they were not a fluke.

    The Jaguars always seem to be competitive, but they do not have enough talent to challenge some of the AFC's elite week in and week out.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Poor.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Kansas City fans help me out on this one: Are you comfortable with Matt Cassell being your franchise quarterback? I would love to hear the opinion of the fans that pack Arrowhead Stadium and create such an intimidating atmosphere.

    Jamaal Charles was a great find in the draft and the Chiefs did the smart thing in awarding him with a nice contract extension. Dwayne Bowe had the kind of year that many people expected out of him when he was drafted out of LSU. He has proven himself to be a top WR. Dexter McCluster is an all-around athlete who puts so much pressure on the defense. They need to be aware of where he is on the field every single play.

    There are a lot of early round draft picks who still have a lot to prove though before I consider the Chiefs a contender in the mighty AFC.

     

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Below Average.

Miami Dolphins

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    Is Chad Henne a starting NFL quarterback? Maybe, maybe not.

    What we do know is that with Bill Parcells running the show, the Dolphins will continue to get quality players and their team will continue to improve.

    Even with guys like Vontae Davis, Brandon Marshall, Cameron Wake, Jake Long, Karlos Dansby and Channing Crowder, it is hard for me to believe that the Dolphins will win a Super Bowl with the Patriots and Jets in their way.

    No disrespect, but they have to win the division first.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Below Average.

Minnesota Vikings

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    Lets remember that Adrian Peterson is not only one of the best running backs in the league, but he is also one of the best players in the league as well.

    Personally, I think the Vikings will be better off now that the whole Brett Farve drama is done with. It is done with right?

    The Vikings need to make a move for a QB (McNabb?) and if they get a proven QB then they will again be a favorite to come out of the NFC. Sidney Rice, Jared Allen and Percy Harvin are all top-rate talent, but without a QB in a quarterbacks league, Minnesota will go nowhere.

     

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Below Average with potential to rise.

New England Patriots

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    Tom Brady got a hair transplant right? In all seriousness, where does Tom Brady lie on the list of greatest quarterbacks of all time? He has three Super Bowl victories and two MVP awards, including the first unanimous MVP selection in league history.

    The Patriots also have Bill Belichick coaching them as well. Spygate or no spygate, he is the best coach in the NFL. Leading a defense full of nobodies to a conference best 14-2 record was simply astounding.

    Okay, there were some proven names, but what other coach could have gotten as much out of his players this season than Belichick.

    The Patriots behind their QB and coach will always be one of the favorites to win it all.

    Remember, the Pat's are LOADED with draft picks this year, with six in the first three rounds. They will reload in places that need help and will be a dominant team for at least the next five years.

    Quick shout-out to Danny Woodhead as well. You have to love the D-II guys.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Excellent.

New Orleans Saints

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    There are not many quarterbacks in the league that I would rather have than Drew Brees. The guy has been underestimated his entire player career and continues to quiet all doubters.

    He is a Super Bowl MVP who has a terrific coach in Sean Payton and a raucous crowd that lifts the decibels in their dome to unheard of levels.

    Marques Colston. Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Robert Meachem oh my! Brees is surrounded by great skill position players and a solid offensive line that features one of the best guards in football in Jahri Evans (D-II guy!)

    The defense is led by Jonathan Vilma who continues to play at an All-Pro level. Their defense thrives on turnovers and getting the ball back to their high-octane offense.

    If the Saints can have a solid draft, they will be right back in the title hunt.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Above Average.

New York Giants

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    Being a die-hard Eagle fan it pains me to say this, but it seems like the Giants draft extremely well every year.

    The Eagles moved up in this past draft to take Brandon Graham so the Giants could not select the D-end. The Giants responded by taking Jason Pierre-Paul who had a terrific rookie campaign and clearly outplayed Graham (injury or no injury.) This is not to say this debate is over on the two....

    Eli Manning has a Super Bowl ring. I never thought I would see the day. The team is built around a   defense that attacks the quarterback. Osi Umenyiora bounced back this season to prove that he is still one of the best at getting after the QB. Antrel Rolle was a terrific signing from the Cardinals as he continued to display the quickness, instincts, and hard-nosed nature that made him a prized free agent.

    The offense has a solid receiving corps with Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith. Kevin Boss is a quality NFL tight end. The offensive line has always done a great job run-blocking no matter who is carrying the ball, and don't expect anything to change any time soon.

    The Giants have lost six times in a row to the Eagles by the way....Just in case you forgot!

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Slightly Above Average.

New York Jets

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    Having a single catch while on "Revis Island" can be considered a "small feat," pun intended. Having a cornerback that can completely take away the oppositions best receiver each week is the key to why the Jet's defense has been so dominant and Rex Ryan looks like a genius.

    The Jets recent signings of Braylon Edwards, Santanio Holmes and Ladainian Tomlinson have provided the Jets with the professionalism, experience and skill necessary to be an elite team. Even though it seems likely that one of the two WR's will not be back next year, the Jets have enough talent offensively to score points.

    After all, they don't need many with their defense.

    The Jets have drafted very well and they have made many splashes in FA with the likes of Bart Scott, Antonio Cromartie and Kris Jenkins.

    Is Mark Sanchez the guy to lead the Jets to the promised land? He is obviously a very poised and talented young player, but the jury is still out whether he can win the big game.

    The thought here is that the Jets win over the Patriots in the playoffs will pay huge dividends for them moving forward. 

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Above Average.

Oakland Raiders

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    Even with Al Davis running the show, the Raiders have gotten significantly better the past few seasons. Okay, maybe their record has not been great, but the talent that has been infused into the Raiders lineup can not be overlooked.

    The Raiders NEED to keep Nnamdi Asomugha if they want to keep moving forward as a franchise. As stated on the previous slide, a true "shut-down" cornerback is a rarity in the NFL. Asomugha is the type of player that forces quarterbacks to look to the other side of the field every play.

    Nnamdi will obviously be looking for a huge payday this offseason, but will he stay in Oakland?

    Darren McFadden showed this year that he was deserving of being such a high draft pick. He ran for over 1,100 yards (5.2 YPC) and scored seven touchdowns on the ground. He will continue to be one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the NFL for at least another couple of years.

    Do the Raider's bring back Micheal Bush? He is a power runner with deceptive speed that a lot of teams are hoping becomes available this offseason. Oakland would be wise to keep him.

    The offense needs another receiver to go alongside speedy Darrius Heyward-Bey.

    Oh, and the Raiders need a quarterback too, as Jason Campbell is a back-up quarterback at this point that is starting.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Below Average.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    I am an admitted Philly homer, so if you want my opinion(s) on the Eagles than read some of my other articles. Ah what the heck, I will talk about them a little.

    They are loaded on the offensive side of the ball with the most speed and playmakers in the entire league. Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Brent Celek, LeSean McCoy coupled with Micheal Vick, have the type of game-breaking speed that has not been seen in the NFL since "The Greatest Show on Turf."

    The defense has glaring holes that need to be addressed at linebacker and in the secondary, and they could use another pass-rusher, but a few big-name acquisitions will push the Birds to the Holy Grail.

    Micheal Vick will continue to progress in this offense, and will be in the discussion for the Hall-of-Fame when his career is finished.

    The Eagles WILL get a Super Bowl in the next five years, I look in the mirror and tell myself that every day. They MUST win a Super Bowl in the next five years. Think of the children!

    I will keep my opinions on Andy Reid out of this.

     

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- GUARANTEED. That is for you Eagle Nation!

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Okay, the picture above was a little shot at Pittsburgh, but I am guess I am just jealous of the way their franchise is run. 

    The Rooney family are in my opinion one of the top three best owners in football. The Steelers consistently draft impact players, and they integrate the right Free Agent's into their system.

    The Steeler's "system" of run the ball down the opposition's throat, and stop the run has been their motto for as long as I could remember.

    Other teams know that is what Pittsburgh is going to do, but they still can not seem to do much about it (except for the Packers.)

    Ben Roethlisberger is a franchise quarterback that already has two of his fingers covered with Super Bowl rings, and odds are that he will get another before it is time to hang up the cleats.

    Troy Polamulu has proven that he is the heart and soul of the Steelers defense. Without a healthy No. 43 on the field, they are simply not the same defense.

    LaMarr Woodley, Jerome Harrison, James Farrior, Casey Hampton and Lawrence Timmons to name a few are all players that have the potential to take over a game at any time.

    Mike Wallace may have been the steal of the draft, and combined with Hines Ward, Heath Miller and Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers will have great skill position players for years to come.

    I could continue talking about the Steelers, but it is making me nauseous.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Above Average.

San Diego Chargers

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    I put a picture of Arnold up for San Diego, because every time I think of the team I think of him yelling, "GO CHARGAAAS!"

    Phillip Rivers is one of the top quarterbacks in the league. He is a complete player who has the arm strength, accuracy, poise, escape ability and leadership that can lead a team to the Super Bowl.

    Can he do it without Vincent Jackson? It seems more likely every day that the star WR will not be playing for Norv Turner and the gang anytime soon.

    Can Norv Turner win the big game? I feel for the Chargers faithful as I myself am a fan who asks the same question of my coach daily.

    Antonio Gates becoming one of the greatest receiving tight-ends in NFL history is an outstanding story. He will continue to put big numbers for at least a couple more years.

    The Chargers do have impact players on the offensive and defensive lines, but do they have enough playmakers at the offensive skill positions to really challenge the AFC's elite? And don't give me Darren Sproles either when he only plays thirty percent of the snaps.

    Unless the Chargers can keep Jackson or get a nice package deal for him in return, I do not see the Chargers being serious contenders to win it all.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Average.

San Fransico 49ers

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    Can we stop with Alex Smith already?

    The 49ers are loaded with talent up and down their roster, but they will never be a super bowl contender with Smith as their guy. The 49ers once proud fan base deserves better than to watch their team refuse to give up on a number one pick, because they paid him a ton of money.

    With Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Micheal Crabtree, Patick Willis and Co. leading the way for the next 5-10 years, the future looks very bright in San Fran.

    As long as they get a quarterback..

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Average.

Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seahawks surprised almost everyone when they beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the playoffs this year.

    Marshawn Lynch's runs to seal the game was one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen.

    Watching Matt Hasselbeck's grit and determination for the past 12 seasons has been a pleasure as well, but how much longer will he be the teams QB? He can't play forever. Does the team need to look either through the draft or free agency to fill his shoes? Can it be done from within?

    The Seahawks have drafted very well the past few seasons (Aaron Curry, Earl Thomas, Lofa Tatupu) but they still need more help at the skill positions to become a contender. Pete Carroll knows how to identify players with skill.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Average.

St. Louis Rams

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    I don't have too much to say about the Rams except for this, they have the right quarterback and they have the right coach.

    Sam Bradford resurrected a talent-depleted offense in his rookie campaign and led them to the playoffs. (the division stunk but still pretty good) He has all of the tools that a franchise can build their team around.

    Steve Spagnualo was a great hire for St. Louis. He has infused passion and enthusiasm into the city and team that has not been there for a long time.

    Steven Jackson is still one of the best RB's in the NFL. The guy is an absolute beast who gets it done every week with not much of a supporting cast around him.

    If the Ram's can continue to draft well and bring in some more pieces via free agency, they could be a team to watch out for over the next few seasons.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Slightly Below Average.

Tampa Bay Bucanneers

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    Josh Freeman is not JaMarcus Russell. When Tampa drafted Freeman how many fans were thinking that he might turn out like the former No. 1 pick? Okay, Freeman was not selected with the top pick in the draft, but they still seemed eerily similar.

    Freeman has already proven himself in his short career to be a better quarterback than Russell ever was. It finally seems like Tampa has found the guy that they can build their franchise around.

    LeGarrette Blount left a lot of teams wishing they had overlooked his punch he threw against Boise St. and took him before Tampa did. He is a big, bruising running back with great feet that will continue to get better.

    If the Bucs can draft or acquire a few more skill players to go along with solid offensive and defensive lines, they will be a team that is in the playoff hunt in the coming years.

    A Super Bowl contender? I don't see that in my crystal ball happening any time soon.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Slightly Below Average.

Tenesse Titans

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    When I think of the Titans I think of Kenny Britt torching my Eagles for 225 yards in one half, and the Birds refusing to match Asante Samuel up against him.

    When the rest of the NFL thinks of the Titans they think of Chris Johnson. He is without a doubt a top three running back in the NFL, and I have him listed as number one. He will continue to be one of the game's best for years to come as he does not seem to ever take a big hit. His quickness, instincts and mind-blurring speed allow him to avoid contact quite often.

    Even with one of the best RB's in the game, the Titans will not be holding any championship parades anytime soon.

    They finally parted ways with Jeff Fisher, and top three pick Vince Young will not returning either. The team is clearly in a state of transition, and it will take a few years to get the team back on track.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Below Average.

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    Should the Redskins officially change their name to the "Deadskins?"

    Everyone outside of Philadelphia (and in Philadelphia) cheered Daniel Snyder when he acquired Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth.

    Both of these guys will most likely be playing somewhere else next season, as Mr. Snyder will be forced to eat the huge signing bonuses he paid both players.

    The team is in complete disarray and will not be challenging for anything any time soon, except maybe consecutive seasons as cellar-dwellar in the ultra-competetive NFC East. And it couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy than Daniel Snyder.

     

    Chances of winning the Super Bowl in the next Five Years- Terrible.