Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis missed all of training camp during...

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis missed all of training camp during a 36-day holdout. (Sept. 7, 2010) Credit: AP

1. Ravens: Joe Flacco coming into his own, and so is Ray Rice. Ray Lewis has been dominant for years. Big season from Terrell Suggs. Ravens looking Super.

2. Colts: When you have Peyton Manning, you always have a chance. He's still at his peak, although it'll be interesting to see how he and rest of Colts deal with Super Bowl loss. Hangover season?

3. Jets: They've loaded up for a run at the Super Bowl after last year's AFC Championship Game loss. Big questions are whether Darrelle Revis can be as good as he was last year after missing all of training camp and whether Mark Sanchez can hold it together.

4. Chargers: Upset loss at home to Jets was a killer last year, but there's still plenty of talent with Philip Rivers, Shaun Phillips, Shawne Merriman, Malcolm Floyd and newcomer RB Ryan Matthews.

5. Bengals: Carson Palmer gets another receiving target in Terrell Owens, although Jordan Shipley seems to have emerged as a go-to guy. Defense getting better, must now take next step.

6. Patriots: They're in transition on defense, and they've got injury problems along the offensive line. But Tom Brady is still Tom Brady, and Randy Moss is motivated in a contract year. Don't discount them from the playoff equation.

7. Dolphins: Could be a surprise team IF Chad Henne elevates his game, Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams remain healthy and the defense finds a pass rusher in Cameron Wake.

8. Texans: Seems like we've been saying, "This is gonna be the Texans' year" for five years now. If they can find a running game, and if Matt Schaub can stay healthy, maybe they can make a wild card run. Still a ways away from overtaking Indy in the division.

9. Steelers: They'll have to deal with the four-game suspension of Ben Roethlisberger, as well as a leaky offensive line. Defense, running game remain stout, so if they can withstand early-season problems, not out of the question they become a factor in the second half.

10. Broncos: Tim Tebow is all the rage in Denver, but it's still Kyle Orton's team. If RB Knowshon Moreno can stay healthy, it's a plus. Defense hurt by injury to Elvis Dumervil, their best pass rusher.

11. Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson is one of the game's most dynamic offensive players, but Vince Young needs to continue maturing. Defense is young, but promising.

12. Chiefs: Thought they'd be better last year, but maybe they make a jump under second-year head coach Todd Haley. New coordinators Charlie Weis on offense and Romeo Crennel on defense will make a huge difference.

13. Raiders: The defense is certainly respectable enough, but it remains to be seen if newly acquired Jason Campbell can settle things down at quarterback.

14. Jaguars: David Garrard is an efficient quarterback, Maurice Jones-Drew is a dominant running back, but a lack of receiving talent and questions on defense make the Jags a longshot.

15. Browns: Eric Mangini saved his job by winning his last four last year, but this is still a team with marginal talent. Browns take a chance that Jake Delhomme can be the guy at quarterback after he was chased out of Carolina.

16. Bills: This will be a very, very tough team to watch. Outside of rookie RB C.J. Spiller, not a lot to like. Long year, Bills fans.

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