As we move into the month of December and enter the final four games of the regular season, the leaders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the NFL pack. We have a pretty good idea of who’s going to be in the playoffs. Now we have to start separating the legitimate Super Bowl contenders from the rest of the league.
Here are the top 12 contenders to bring home a Super Bowl title this NFL season.
12) Tennessee Titans
One can’t ignore the Titans, who have reeled off six wins in their last seven games. However, there are a few cautionary signs about them. Only one of the wins during their recent stretch — a 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens — was over a potential playoff team. Their loss was a blowout defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the season, they have allowed more points than they’ve scored, which may be representative of where they’re really at. Still, at 8-4 — and powered by a strong backfield pairing in DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry — they can’t be completely dismissed.
11) Baltimore Ravens
They say defense wins championships, and by that adage alone, the Ravens have to be considered. They have allowed the third-fewest points in the NFL, though they’ll likely feel the loss of cornerback Jimmy Smith. The Ravens will more or less go as far as quarterback Joe Flacco and the offense can take them. It’s worth noting that Flacco has been a Super Bowl winner, though he had more weapons around him at that point in his career. If they can get competent play from Flacco, they have a real chance to do damage. Their issue is they just have to score enough points.