Senior NFL Columnist

NFL Power Rankings: Broncos back atop heap of flawed title contenders


Who doesn't have flaws?

If we lined up the top NFL teams, sort of a league-wide beauty pageant, we'd find big-time pimples on all of them. Yes, even Seattle and Denver, the two best teams in each conference, have issues.

That's what will make the playoffs so appealing. All the teams, no matter the seed, are beatable -- even the Seahawks at home.

Arizona proved that by going out and dominating the Seahawks in a way that Seattle usually does to the opposition. Until Sunday, most media and fans saw it as foregone conclusion that the Seahawks were waltzing to the Super Bowl.

Me? I see flaws. The Cardinals exposed them in a big way with a great defensive effort. The Seattle passing game is limited. That will matter.

This isn't to say the Seahawks can't win it all. They can, but they are no longer viewed as a sure thing. Right?

Denver is far from a lock. Neither is New England. San Francisco? New Orleans? Carolina?

Consider that three top teams here in my Power Rankings this week -- Denver, New England and Seattle -- all have lost a game in the past two weeks, with Denver and Seattle losing at home.

It would be foolish to think the top seed in each conference is an automatic to play in the Super Bowl. Get ready for a wild postseason.

Flaws are everywhere.

The team that hides theirs best will win it all. Hint: Usually the great quarterbacks are best at hiding blemishes.


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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