There are a number of teams that have been eliminated by our account, a list that includes the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers. Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, we have eliminated 27 of the 32 National Football League teams as our choice to win it all. The five teams remaining as potential Super Bowl winners are the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings and either the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks.
On Friday in this column we will limit the field to four.
Our top four don’t even include the two teams Sports Illustrated predicted in their NFL edition, they have the Arizona Cardinals beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl LI. If what SI predicts comes true, it would be sweet revenge for a Cardinals team that lost to the Steelers in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIII.
Sports Illustrated also predicted a playoff berth for the Dallas Cowboys this season, the copy set before Tony Romo went down with an injury that will sideline him for at least the first half of the season. That doesn’t mean Romo will play eight games this year, it means Romo will come back in eight weeks and play until he gets hurt again.
Putting Romo on the field, even with arguably the best offensive line in football, is akin to building a house out of balsa wood in hurricane alley. When he takes over on offense, the ambulance driver warms up his engine.