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Raul Martinez’s Top 10 Teams in the NFL

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We are through two weeks of the NFL. Here are my top 10 teams. The AFC is currently full of studs. The NFC? It's got some catching up to do. 

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Owned the Pats in the fourth quarter and a nice win at home against the Eagles. We all know about the defense, but the weapons on offense are explosive. Hill, Hunt and Kelce are the real deal. This is the team the Patriots want to avoid in the playoffs. Alex Smith and Andy Reid can’t screw this up right? We shall see.

2. New England Patriots: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick once again proving they are the best after losses. The defense is a concern, but they'll be fine if New England starts fast. And even if they don't, you have to love that secondary. Once they get on the same page, they'll be tough to throw against. Also, don't know if they'll lose another game at home this season.

3. Falcons: Dominant win over the Packers. Matt Ryan not only looks like he's getting even better, but he has a great line with great running backs. Oh and that Julio Jones guy is pretty good. The big thing I want to see is the game in Foxboro for that SB51 rematch.

4. Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Le'Veon Bell alone should get this team to the AFC Championship. I like what I see with this defense, but let's see how they do against teams like the Chiefs, Lions, Packers and Patriots who all have great offenses as well. Plus they have to play the Ravens twice and you know those are going to knock-down, drag-out brawls.

5. Raiders: A well balanced team. Carr, Cooper, Crabtree and Lynch are going to be tough to stop. And they’ve done a great job not turning it over so far. And that defense has some playmakers, but there's some question marks there as well. It's a brutal division with the Chiefs and Broncos. Whoever comes out on top will be tough to beat in the playoffs.

6. Broncos: Defense remains dominant. Siemian has looked impressive so far, but let's see how he does against playoff-caliber defenses. They have to play the Chiefs and Raiders twice. And they host the Patriots.

7. Ravens: That defense might be the best in the NFL, but need to see more to move them up. Can't wait for the week 4 matchup with the Steelers.

8. Packers: Pretty pathetic performance against the Falcons, but I don't expect to see that very often. The defense looked shaky and that's a concern. If Jordy Nelson is on the field, they will be fine. Aaron Rodgers knows the importance of home field advantage in the playoffs and that loss to Atlanta could be costly down the road. They don't want to play there in the post season again.

9. Lions: Matthew Stafford is proving the Lions right by making him the highest paid player in NFL history. Big comeback in week 1 and a nice win against the Giants on the road. Right now, this team is 9th. Hard to move them up until they beat the good teams in their division. Detroit visits the Vikings week 4.

10. Seahawks: Defense looks fine. Offense does not. You have to assume it will pick up, but if it doesn't? They'll be off this list next week. 

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