What a difference a year makes.
In the days immediately following last year’s Super Bowl, there was widespread panic over a pending NFL work stoppage and a lost 2011 season. Draft pundits were insisting that Cam Newton’s game didn’t translate to the next level, and Peyton Manning was set to become the wealthiest quarterback in the league with an enormous long-term contract extension. The Jets were the Kings of New York, the Bucs and Rams were everybody’s hot, young teams to watch, and no one in America knew of Victor Cruz’s exemplary salsa dancing skills.
Now, “Peyton or Eli?” is a debate that won’t get you laughed out of a dinner party, “Coughlin or Parcells?” is an argument that won’t get you tossed out of a New York sports bar, and “Gisele or Yoko?” is a seemingly well-constructed inquiry.
As we look ahead to the 2012 season, here’s how I view the pecking order of the NFL’s 32 teams
: —Peter Schrager
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