Reader Cindy V posted a comment on THIS Peter King MMQB article over at Sports Illustrated while I was reading the article itself. Well, here begins the year of higher expectations. Peter King ranked the Packers the #1 team in the NFL going into the 2010 season. I think King over time has really grown to like Aaron Rodgers, but I also think he sees the overall growth of this team. He does cite a couple potential weaknesses (CB and pass rush) but still believes this is the #1 team heading into this season.
I feel good about this year for the Pack for sure too. But I wonder if part of why he picked GB for #1 is that there aren’t any overly compelling arguments to be made for the other teams. The Saints were great last year but I think a good part of that was momentum (kind of like the NYG of a few years ago) – which makes me doubt that their success will carry over to this year. The Saints will probably be good again because that offense is so tough to stop, but I think the Packers have a more solid overall team at the moment. I don’t think the Vikes can rebound from their loss. I expect NE and the Jets to be decent but not Super Bowl caliber. Indy will be good again and so will Dallas. I’m not sure about King putting San Diego at #2 though. They have been good, but their history of chunking it in the playoffs has to have taken some kind of psychological toll on them – and if it has it might lead to a total crap-out season. I even wonder if this year might be that kind of a season for them. I also don’t know about Carolina at #6 – seems every year most writers pick Carolina to be good. Can’t figure that one out.
My early, early on sleeper this year: Seattle.