NFL Playoffs: Four Best Teams Remaining?Category: News
The hardcore football fans that check BetUs for Super Bowl lines won’t be seeing the New England Patriots as one of the options for Super Bowl XLV. They won’t see Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles or the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons.
We’ve whittled down the contestants from 32 to 12, then to eight and now to four, which begs for the question: are we left with the four best teams in the NFL?
Many people felt that the 14-2 Patriots should be among the final four – and final two – but the New York Jets proved that they were in fact the better team. When you start looking up and down the Jets roster, some people might say that they have the best defense in the NFL. On top of that, who in the AFC has played better than the Jets over the last month.
One team that has an argument is the Steelers, who could be the most balanced team in the NFL. We know what their defense is capable of as they can match the Jets unit stride-for-stride. But their offense is far more balanced as they have an MVP candidate with Ben Roethlisberger along with an excellent core of wide receivers and arguably the best hybrid power-speed running back in Rashard Mendenhall.
In the NFC, the two teams with the No. 1 scoring defense and the No. 1 overall defense remain.
The Bears unit is the best overall and with Mike Martz coordinating their offense, they seem to be doing just enough on that side of the ball to supplement a very good defense.
Meanwhile, the Packers have the No. 1 scoring defense but their offense is red-hot as well. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind right now and they seemingly move the ball at will.
It’s hard to say whether these are the four best teams in the NFL but all of them have the credentials. Without a doubt, though, these are the test that are playing their best football right now, which is why they are the last four standing.
UPDATE January 23, 2011: The Steelers defeated the #6 New York Jets 24–19 in the AFC title game while the Packers the #2 Chicago Bears 21-14 in the NFC championship game to advance to Super Bowl 2011.
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