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Gene Wang

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Two clear winners have emerged since the latest round of free agency and the draft, and it's a pair of teams we've become familiar watching in the postseason: New England and Philadelphia.

The Patriots are the Super Bowl favorite simply because they are getting back Tom Brady, the best quarterback of his generation and a mortal lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Plus the Patriots bolstered their running game by adding Fred Taylor. There are questions about the defense, but that unit is good enough to keep the Patriots in every game and give Brady an opportunity to win it.

The Eagles played in their fifth NFC title game in eight seasons this year, and they'll be there again thanks to shrewd offseason moves that included adding veterans Jason Peters, Stacy Andrews and Ellis Hobbs and drafting Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Maclin gives the Eagles the vertical threat they haven't had since Terrell Owens, and McCoy is a tough inside runner who's an ideal complement to the nifty Brian Westbrook.

No. 3 on the list is the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are the defending Super Bowl champions, and they always will be in the mix of Super Bowl favorites as long as Ben Roethlisberger is at quarterback and that defense continues to thrive.

Same goes for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, who are fourth on this list. A healthy Joseph Addai will make a huge impact this season, and the wide receiving tandem of Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez, along with reliable tight end Dallas Clark, makes the Colts, as usual, a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

At No. 5 is the San Diego Chargers. Look how far they got the past two seasons with an injured LaDainian Tomlison. Then consider the Chargers will be getting back Shawne Merriman this season and that San Diego drafted Larry English, one of the best pass-rushers available, and there may not be a more complete team in the league.

By Gene Wang  |  April 29, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  | Category:  Gene Wang Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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