Another season is upon us, and so is another Foxboro Blog Top 12. As usual, I will be ranking the Top 12 teams in the league each week. Since there's 12 playoff spots up for grabs, I figured that was a good number to go with when I was coming up with the concept. After all, nobody cares who's the 27th best team in the league, right? So without further ado, here's my very innaccurate list that is bound to be unrecognizable come Week 17.
#1 - San Francisco 49ers
Going with a #1 was tough for me this year. Usually, I just homer it in and pick the Pats... At any rate, the defending NFC Champs are as good a pick as any, even if the injury bug has left me wondering if they'll be taking a step back this year.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: vs. Packers
#2 - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta was given strong consideration for the top seed. However, after some major playoff choke jobs, they're going to need to show me something before I just outright hand them the #1 spot.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: @ Saints
#3 - New England Patriots
Remember when Tom Brady took a receiving corps headlined by Reche Caldwell to the AFC Championship game and within a few minutes of the Super Bowl? Remember the last time scandal rocked the Patriots early in the season back in 2007? Remember how everyone said they were dead in the water going into the year in 2003? I'll believe Amendola is capable of replacing Welker until he proves otherwise. I'll believe that Kenbrell Thompkins and Zach Sudfeld can replace Aaron Hernandez's production. I'll believe that the defense will be stronger with another year under their belts. So why only the #3 spot?
Gronk ain't playing Week1.
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#4 - Denver Broncos
Denver is everybody's pre-season favorite to make it to the Super Bowl. Apparently having no center and losing Elvis Dumervil are no cause for concern. Don't get me wrong, we seemed destined for a Brady/Manning AFC Championship matchup, but I'm still not a huge believer in the Broncos.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 0-0 Next Game: vs. Ravens