I'm on record predicting Super Bowl XLVIII will be nicknamed the Manning Bowl because Archie Manning's two sons will battle for NFL supremacy.
Peyton Manning's seven touchdown performance in the NFL opener against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens makes me feel pretty confident about one side of that prediction.
Now Eli Manning and the New York Giants have to do their part by beating the Dallas Cowboys this week, proving that the Giants should be viewed as the best team in the NFC East, which I believe is the toughest division in the NFL.
This year I'll be doing Power Rankings each month, and my assessments of each team will be based on more than just quarterbacks, and win-loss totals. It will be an evaluation of the ENTIRE team.
Here's how I see the league stacking up heading into week one.
1. Denver Broncos - Manning has some serious offensive firepower.
2. San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers have the NFL's best roster, top to bottom.
3. New England Patriots - Patriots reload with new weapons for Tom Brady.
4. New York Giants - Defense still wins championships in the NFL, right?
5. Seattle Seahawks - An already good defense got better this offseason.
6. Green Bay Packers - Packers need to find a ground attack to remain elite.
7. Houston Texans - Adding Ed Reed helps, but health is usually an issue.
8. Atlanta Falcons - The myriad of defensive changes needs to be monitored.
9. New Orleans Saints - Rob Ryan must tighten up a leaky Saints defense.
10. Cincinnati Bengals - Marvin Lewis' team won't sneak up on anyone this year.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers - A healthy Big Ben puts Pittsburgh on his back again.
12. Indianapolis Colts - Colts spent wisely this offseason, adding plenty talent.
13. Chicago Bears - Marc Trestman will help Jay Cutler mature, which is needed.
14. Baltimore Ravens - No team loses all those pieces and doesn't fall off.
15. Minnesota Vikings - Is Christian Ponder a weak link, or an asset?