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September 1, 2013

Eli, Giants to celebrate home Super Bowl win

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Why they won’t: No team featured there has won it yet.

Players to watch: A.J. Green headlines the next class of dynamic, superstar receivers in the game.

9. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

Why they will win: Joe Flacco’s 2012 season was no fluke. Even with a rebuilt cast around him, Flacco plays at top levels.

Why they won’t: No Ray Lewis, no Ed Reed means the defense has to take a step back.

Players to watch: The world expects Torrey Smith to turn it up a notch, but my eyes are on Jacoby Jones to wreak havoc outside.

10. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)

Why they will win: Pete Carroll but together a nasty physical in no time and guys like Richard Sherman are there for the long haul.

Why they won’t: As magnificent as he was, does anyone expect Russell Wilson to achieve a 100-passer rating again this year?

Players to watch: For the Seahawks to bump it up a level, Golden Tate has to join the game’s premier receivers.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

Why they will win: They’re the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger remains a franchise quarterback.

Why they won’t: A rugged division, rugged overall schedule and too many new, unproven faces on defense.

Players to watch: Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders would start at receiver in almost any NFL team.

12. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

Why they will win: Adrian Peterson deserves something special after all the tumult and adversity he’s endured.

Why they won’t: Christian Ponder has no excuses now with a revamped receiving core that’s bound to yield a quarterback controversy.

Players to watch: Cordarrelle Patterson enjoyed a monster preseason. A guy who many thought the Patriots should have gotten, he could be ready for a huge rookie season.

13. Carolina Panthers (9-7)

Why they will win: Cam Newton is focused on being more than just a fantasy owner’s dream. He wants to win, and he wants to win now.

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