Which team is best after Week 1?

Coming into the NFL regular season, the Indianapolis Colts were considered to be the top dogs in the NFL and for good reason as they had relatively the same team intact with their eyes set solely on competing for a Super Bowl title, but after falling to the Houston Texans and letting running back Arian Foster have a career day with 231 rushing yards and three touchdowns, the power may have shifted headed into Week 2.

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The Indianapolis Colts loss to the Houston Texans was a surprise to say the least, but Peyton Manning and company were the only Super Bowl title contenders to lose in Week 1 as the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets all fell in the first week of the NFL regular season.

Obviously, no matter how high a team is ranked or how much hype surrounds a team heading into the NFL regular season a Super Bowl title contender is bound to disappoint at one time or another, this time around it just happen to be in Week 1, but what team, if any, is now considered the team to beat in the NFL.

Personally, I believe it is the Baltimore Ravens.

There is no question that the Baltimore Ravens defense had a relatively easy task in Week 1 trying to contain a questionable New York Jets offense led by second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, but being able to get the best or arguably the best defense in the league on offense was impressive in my opinion.

Joe Flacco might not be considered a dominant quarterback in this league just yet, but I believe this season could be his year as he finally has the right pieces to the puzzle on the offensive side of the football to get the ball rolling and put up a lot of points on the scoreboards on a weekly basis.

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Last season Flacco had a good year, but with such a promising young running back in Ray Rice coming out of the backfield, the Ravens quarterback didn’t have to throw for 300+ yards a game like Peyton Manning to keep this offense firing on all cylinders.

Even though they still have one of the league’s best running backs, the Baltimore Ravens have added to dominant wide receivers into the mix in perennial Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) and recently acquire T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Seattle Seahawks). With these two Pro Bowl caliber wide receivers downfield, Joe Flacco’s job has become that much easier as he now has the right targets downfield and a dominant force in Ray Rice coming out of the backfield.

Everything seems to be pointing in the right direction for the Baltimore Ravens this season and with their impressive win over the New York Jets this past Monday, the sky seems to be limit as they could easily go on to win the AFC North division and make their pave their way all the way up to the Super Bowl come February.

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