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Carl Banks

Former Giants Linebacker, Broadcaster in N.Y.

Could Be the Colts

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In the AFC, I think the main challenger to the Titans is the Colts. They've had some struggles this season. But they're getting healthier. They're starting to click offensively. I think they're really starting to build momentum and in the big picture of that conference, they're the number one threat to Tennessee.

With the Giants and the NFC, I think the teams they need to look out for are the Redskins and Carolina. They're a little ways off but I think outside of the Giants, they're the two best teams in the NFC. People are starting to talk about Dallas again but I still like the Redskins better.

Are we headed to a Giants-Titans Super Bowl? It's still way too early to know. There's a lot of football to be played. Talk to me after about the 12th game and then we might have a better idea.

By Carl Banks  |  November 18, 2008; 1:38 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I think the Giants are 1 and the Titans are 2. As they say, you must beat the man to be the man and the Giants won it all last year. I think that the Cards are #2 in the NFC and it will be interesting to see how close they are this week. They need to keep Warner upright (and he needs to not hang on to the ball too long). The Colts or Steelers would be my #2 in the AFC yet without a run defense, I would lean toward the Steelers.

Posted by: Bill J | November 18, 2008 3:51 PM

I would never make the claim that the Colts D is anything like that of SteelTown, but over the last five games, the Colts are holding opponents to 3.7 yards per carry. Granted Slaton ran for 140+ last week, but 72 came on a blown tackle by our back up safety. 9 times out of 10 Bob Sanders makes that play, Bullit makes it much less. Overall, the Colts have made significant improvement on that front. We're peaking at the right time, the question will not be our run defense, but whether Peyton and the boys can play outside in the cold weather come January.

Posted by: IndyStar | November 18, 2008 6:12 PM

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