8 NFL Teams with Super Bowl Chances in 2013 as of 4/12/2013

Posted: April 12, 2013 in Super Bowl History
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It is never too early to do predictions for the Super Bowl.  I always like to make my first prediction about one week before the NFL Draft happens.  With the majority of the free agency done NFL teams are now focusing on the Draft and I am focusing on who is going to be contenders for the 2013 season.  Below are the teams that I feel have the best chances to get to the Super Bowl.  I will be doing 4 teams from the AFC and 4 teams from the NFC.

+AFC Super Bowl Contenders+
1. Denver Broncos – No real surprise here; I think any expert can see that the Broncos are going to be a very hard team to beat.  The only mistake the Broncos did in the off-season was lose Dumervill to a fax machine.  They were able to keep their offensive line in place to protect Manning and make Moreno or McGahee have a great rushing season.  Not to mention that they picked up Wes Welker from the Patriots; and that just adds to an already dangerous passing squad.  And on defense they picked up Terrance Knighton from the Jaguars and Rodgers-Cromartie from the Eagles to add to an already stingy defense.  The only thing that could hold the Broncos back is themselves.  Since this team is stacked with talent they could get greedy over their own personal statistics.  As long as they keep playing like a team, they should have no problem getting to the Super Bowl.

2. New England Patriots – Once again; this is no surprise to anyone.  They lost Welker, but picked up Amendola right away.  As long as the receivers can stay healthy then Brady will have a hay day passing the ball.  The Patriots also kept their offensive line together and signed Vollmer to a new contract.  Ridley will be returning as the starting running back and there is no question in my mind that he will be a huge factor in the offense again.  On defense they did re-sign Talib for their secondary, Kyle Arrington was also re-signed, and they picked up Adrian Wilson from the Cardinals as a strong safety.  Even with the defensive moves I still feel that the defense is where the Patriots will lose games.  Hopefully in the draft they can get some defensive depth to help their defense.

3. Houston Texans – Every year these guys get better and they are a very exciting team to watch.  The defense lost a few people, but the biggest pickup they could have asked for and they ended up getting was Ed Reed.  Reed is going to be a leader on the Texans defense just like he was on the Ravens defense.  Also, the Texans defense is stacked with talent like JJ Watt, Cushing, and Joseph.  So adding Reed into that is going to make the Texans that much harder to beat.  On offense there were no real changes; they did release Walter because I think they are going to try and draft a WR to play opposite of Andre Johnson.  As far as the offense, they are still going to be stacked as ever with Foster, Johnson, Daniels, and Schaub.  As long as Schaub can get the ball to his receivers and Foster runs like he always does; then the Texans will be a force to be reckoned with.

4. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck took this team from the worst to a playoff team in one season.  There is no doubt in my mind that this team will keep getting better with him.  The Colts made some move in the off-season on offense that will be helpful.  They added Heyward-Bey after losing Avery to the Chiefs, they added some beef on the O-line by signing Cherilus, and Luck has been training like a mad man to sharpen his skills.  On defense they had a great pick up with Jean-Francois from the 49ers and Landry from the Jets.  Hopefully in the Draft the Colts will be able to pick up some defensive guys to help in the secondary.  That’s where the Colts got beat last season and if they can get some of these DBs in the Draft then they will be a contender as well.

+NFC Super Bowl Contenders+
1. Atlanta Falcons – Not only do the Falcons have offensive weapons in Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez; but now they added Steven Jackson to run the ball.  That is a wicked scary offense right there and its going to drive defenses crazy trying to stop them.  The Falcons also were able to keep the O-line pretty much the same, but they should take some OL in the Draft to be sure.  On defense they will need to fill the hole that Grimes and Abraham left.  The good news in that the Falcons just signed Osi Umenyiora from the Giants and that is going to help the Falcons pass rush a lot.  The Falcons do have a good defense, but if they were smart they would try to Draft some guys or pick up a few more free agents to keep the defense solid.

2. San Francisco 49ers – The defending NFL Champs are going to have another great Super Bowl run in 2013.  They lost Alex Smith to the Chiefs, but Kap has been working out everyday since the Super Bowl to stay on top of his game.  The Niners did acquire Boldin from the Ravens and that is going to add so much to the pass game that already has Vernon Davis and Crabtree.  The Niners are very deep at running back with Gore, Hunter, and James and the O-line is one of the best in the NFL.  On defense the Niners did lose some people, but they are already replacing them like signing Dahl from the Rams, Dorsey from the Chiefs, and Asomugha from the Eagles.  The 49ers had one of the best defenses in 2012 and they will continue to be a very hard team to beat.

3. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks had one of the best free agency years in the history of the NFL.  They acquired Percy Harvin, Cliff Avril, and Michael Bennett.  They trimmed the fat by letting go of Flynn and some other players.  On offense the amazing Wilson will pick up right where he left off, Lynch is healthy, and now Wilson has a group of receivers to throw to.  On defense they beefed it up and they are going to be one of the hardest defenses to run or pass on.  Even with the free agency pick ups they still have Wagner and Sherman on defense.  The NFC West used to be the joke of the NFL; now they are the powerhouse of the NFL.

4. Minnesota Vikings – This is my upset pick in the NFC.  Many people would not choose the Vikings to have a Super Bowl year.  Well in 2013, they will have a good chance.  They have the best RB in the game with Adrian Peterson, they just picked up Greg Jennings, Rudolph is returning, and the offensive line is looking good.  The one big question on offense is the QB situation.  Ponder needs to improve his game or Cassel could take his spot.  As long as the Vikings have a decent QB they rest of the offense will do the rest.  On defense they have one of the best tacklers in the NFL with Greenway, not to mention Jared Allen is a huge presence on defense as well.  Believe it or not but the Vikings will be a contender in 2013.

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