NFL: An Early Eye on the 2011 NFL Season

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Green Bay may have only won the Super Bowl on Sunday and labor disputes could derail next season but Al Dannity is already making his call for Super Bowl XLVI.

Tough road for repeat Green Bay managed to win Super Bowl XLV despite losing 15 players to IR over the course of the regular season, including stars such as Jermichael Finley. They will need all of their big names back if they want to record back-to-back championships. Looking within the NFC, the Bears, Eagles and Giants all look capable of stepping into Super Bowl contention with a little help in the draft. The Falcons and Saints will likely require a little more work upgrading in the off-season but both are capable of mounting challenges. Over in the AFC, the Steelers and Patriots remain at the top of the pile but the Jets have the most potential to improve with a few upgrades. Baltimore could also make a push with some smart moves in the off-season.

New contenders will emerge In addition to the teams that made the playoffs this season, there are a few franchises capable of taking huge strides in 2011. Detroit and San Francisco should both be much improved next season, the 49ers in particular should benefit from the soft schedule afforded them by virtue of playing in the NFC West. If the Chargers can improve on special teams, then they should be more than capable of reasserting dominance in the AFC West. Perennial dark horse Houston will never get a better chance to win the AFC South, with the Titans and Colts both in decline. NFL betting fans know there are always a few teams that make the post-season that didn’t make it the previous year and 2011 promises to be no different.

The (very early)Verdict This comes with all kinds of health warnings. There’s the draft, free agency, and everything else to go through before we can gauge how teams are set for 2011. Based on how teams finished 2010 however one or two franchises look poised to get very hot next season. The Giants and Eagles look in the best health to mount a challenge to Green Bay in the NFC but don’t count out the Bears if they get help on the offensive line. I like the Packers to make it back to the Super Bowl, despite the gauntlet ahead. In the AFC the familiar faces should come to the fore again. I like the Pats and Jets to wage a season long war ending with New York’s finest finally get over the hump and making the Super Bowl. Right now, and there’s a long way to go yet, the Jets look best placed to be the best team to win it all next year. The best value to strike on a Super Bowl contender is early and you won’t get a much earlier chance than this. Bet on the New York Jets at +1800 with Sports Interaction.

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