2011 NFL Predictions: Can Anyone Take Down the Green Bay Packers?

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2011 NFL Predictions: Can Anyone Take Down the Green Bay Packers?
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Can Anyone Dethrone Matthews, Rodgers And The Packers?

The Green Bay Packers roll into the 2011 NFL season looking to become only the ninth team to defend a Super Bowl championship.

Can they pull it off? And if they suffer from a Super Bowl hangover, who will be there to step in and take the title?

In the AFC, the Patriots come off a dominant regular season that ended in post-season disappointment. The Jets continue to try to back up coach Rex Ryan's braggadocio. The Steelers try to take that next step to another title.

The Ravens challenge Pittsburgh in the AFC North, while in the West San Diego tries to cash in on all their potential and the Chiefs set out to prove last season was no fluke.

Over in the NFC, the Packers try to defend against the likes of the Eagles, Saints, Falcons, Bears, Cowboys, and Giants. The NFC is filled with divisions that have three, or even four teams, that could contend for a division title.

But who are the true contenders for the Vince Lombardi trophy, and what are the key factors that will lead to a championship?

Read on for a team by team breakdown, with picks for each squad's finish and full playoff predictions. We'll start with the AFC and NFC playoff predictions and a Super Bowl pick. We'll then make our way through each team with a prediction on every squad's record and divisional finish for 2011.  

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