NFL Predictions 2011: Reasons Contenders Will, Will Not Win Super Bowl XLVI

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NFL Predictions 2011: Reasons Contenders Will, Will Not Win Super Bowl XLVI
There are between nine and 11 teams with a viable chance to win Super Bowl XLVI

Every year in the NFL, there are contenders, pretenders and hope suspenders.

Hope suspenders are playing for the future. On rare occasions, they can rise up to the next level, as the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks (a playoff win constitutes success) did. But they are still pretenders, much like approximately half the league that has a realistic shot at making the playoffs, but will be unable play for a conference championship.

Then there are the contenders. These teams can only fall from this perch, and often do. In 2010, the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys had the look of contenders, but fell all the way to the bottom.

Still, the teams at the top of the league this year all have reasons why they are at the top of the league and weaknesses that could be obstacles to their success.

Here they are, in the order of who played the latest in the 2010-2011 season...

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