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1 | STEELERS
Showing their age at times on D, but talent and savvy will carry them to another division title. Mike Wallace gives Ben Roethlisberger a devastating deep threat.
2 | PATRIOTS
It will be up to Bill Belichick (below left) to solve his secondary issues. He will. Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski (and Tom Brady) will be the difference in the postseason.
3 | TEXANS
A healthy Arian Foster and a feisty defense under Wade Phillips will push Houston into its first playoffs. (Assist to the injured Peyton Manning.)
4 | CHARGERS
Philip Rivers is struggling, but San Diego is still positioned to edge out the Raiders and the Chiefs. Antonio Gates's health is crucial to the Chargers' chances.
5 | RAVENS