I'm on record predicting Super Bowl XLVIII will be nicknamed the Manning Bowl because Archie Manning's two sons will battle for NFL supremacy.
Peyton Manning's seven touchdown performance in the NFL opener against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens makes me feel pretty confident about one side of that prediction.
Now Eli Manning and the New York Giants have to do their part by beating the Dallas Cowboys this week, proving that the Giants should be viewed as the best team in the NFC East, which I believe is the toughest division in the NFL.
This year I'll be doing Power Rankings each month, and my assessments of each team will be based on more than just quarterbacks, and win-loss totals. It will be an evaluation of the ENTIRE team.
Here's how I see the league stacking up heading into week one.
1. Denver Broncos - Manning has some serious offensive firepower.
2. San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers have the NFL's best roster, top to bottom.
3. New England Patriots - Patriots reload with new weapons for Tom Brady.
4. New York Giants - Defense still wins championships in the NFL, right?
5. Seattle Seahawks - An already good defense got better this offseason.
6. Green Bay Packers - Packers need to find a ground attack to remain elite.
7. Houston Texans - Adding Ed Reed helps, but health is usually an issue.
8. Atlanta Falcons - The myriad of defensive changes needs to be monitored.
9. New Orleans Saints - Rob Ryan must tighten up a leaky Saints defense.
10. Cincinnati Bengals - Marvin Lewis' team won't sneak up on anyone this year.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers - A healthy Big Ben puts Pittsburgh on his back again.
12. Indianapolis Colts - Colts spent wisely this offseason, adding plenty talent.
13. Chicago Bears - Marc Trestman will help Jay Cutler mature, which is needed.
14. Baltimore Ravens - No team loses all those pieces and doesn't fall off.
15. Minnesota Vikings - Is Christian Ponder a weak link, or an asset?
16. Dallas Cowboys - Jason Garrett gets fired if Cowboys aren't in the playoffs.
17. Washington Redskins - This team will improve, but it can't be all about RGIII.
18. Detroit Lions - Lions defense needs to find its bite to match the offense.
19. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton needs to step up and become a leader.
20. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins will go as far as Miami's defense takes them.
21. Arizona Cardinals - A decent quarterback and coordinator go a long way.
22. St. Louis Rams - The jury on Sam Bradford will deliberate this season.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Andy Reid has a chance to prove he's an elite coach.
24. Tampa Bay Bucs - Greg Schiano's team needs to find some consistency.
25. Tennessee Titans - Which Chris Johnson shows up in 2013? Is he still CJ2K?
26. San Diego Chargers - Can Ken Whisenhunt polish up San Diego's offense?
27. Philadelphia Eagles - Chip Kelly's team should be fascinating to watch.
28. Cleveland Browns - This team is young, and needs a little more talent.
29. New York Jets - Over-under on when Rex Ryan gets fired is week 10.
30. Buffalo Bills - How long will Doug Marrone's grace period last?
31. Oakland Raiders - A massive rebuild hinges on mediocre quarterback play.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars - Nobody is winning with Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne.
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