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Ravens among NFL's top franchises

With Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh in charge, the Ravens have a promising future.
With Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh in charge, the Ravens have a promising future.
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With another Super Bowl in the books, it's a good time to take a look at the top franchises in the NFL. This list gives a look at which organizations have been most successful over the past decade and which ones will likely continue to pile up the wins and playoff appearances.

1. New England Patriots - Say what you want about the Patriots, but despite injuries and roster turnover, they seem to be a regular in the AFC championship game.

2. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time under John Harbaugh. With Steve Bisciotti and Ozzie Newsome at the top, this franchise will be a consistent winner.

3. San Francisco 49ers - With Jim Harbaugh in control and Colin Kaepernick under center, the 49ers look to a regular Super Bowl contender.

4. Green Bay Packers - This franchise is one of the most consistent in the NFL, and anytime you have a quarterback the quality of Aaron Rodgers, it makes reaching the playoffs a nearly annual tradition.

5. Indianapolis Colts - You can literally call it "Luck," but the Colts could very possibly be looking at their second straight future Hall of Fame quarterback, who should be playing in Indy for a long time.

6. Seattle Seahawks - Pete Carroll changed the culture in Seattle, and now Russell Wilson has given them a quality quarterback for years to come. Throw in their very difficult home atmosphere and the Seahawks will be a regular contender.

7. New Orleans Saints - With Sean Payton and Drew Brees, the Saints have an explosive offense that should make them a frequent playoff team.

8. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons need to bounce back after a rough season, but Matt Ryan won't allow this team to stay down for long.

9. Philadelphia Eagles - Chip Kelly was impressive in his NFL debut and he may have found his franchise quarterback in Nick Foles, who had a terrific season.

10. Houston Texans - The quarterback situation is of high concern, but the Texans have a lot of talent and the No. 1 overall pick.

11. New York Giants - Can Eli Manning bounce back? The division is there for the taking, but the Giants look like a team that, after two recent Super Bowls, might be taking a couple of steps back.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers - Speaking of teams with two recent Super Bowls taking a step back, the Steelers method of managing the salary cap and their lack of impact draft picks is finally catching up with them.

13. Denver Broncos - As long as Peyton Manning keeps playing, the Broncos are in fine shape. However, the end of the line isn't far off for Manning.

14. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals have a lot of talent but organizational structure isn't particularly stable, and they have also have to decide what to do with Andy Dalton when his contract is up.

15. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers have a young, nasty defense, but Cam Newton still needs a lot of help on the offensive side of the ball. There is too much money invested in below-average running backs and Steve Smith is nearing the end.

16. Detroit Lions - There is a lot of talent on this team, but until some discipline is instilled and Matthew Stafford takes care of the ball, the Lions will continue to disappoint.

17. Kansas City Chiefs - Andy Reid has really stabilized the organization, and the Chiefs have a young, blossoming defense.

18. Chicago Bears - The Bears will continue to be mired in mediocrity, especially now that they are saddled with a big contract for Jay Cutler, who simply hasn't shown he is able to play up to the level that type of money commands.

19. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals have a very formidable defense, but until the 49ers or Seahawks take a step back and they find a franchise quarterback, it's going to be tough sledding.

20. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers showed a lot the way they bounced back this year, but Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates aren't getting any younger.

21. Dallas Cowboys - Until Jerry Jones realizes he isn't a general manager, the Cowboys look to fight to mediocrity.

22. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill could be a franchise quarterback, but the organization is in a bit of disarray after the the bullying issue and they still have the Patriots to deal with.

23. Washington Redskins - RGII isn't as good as his rookie year but not as bad as his sophomore campaign, but Daniel Snyder is every bit as awful as advertised.

24. St. Louis Rams - I really like what Jeff Fisher brings to the table and the talent on the defensive side of the ball, but they have no offensive talent and no one knows if Sam Bradford is the real answer.

25. Tennessee Titans - The Titans are stuck in a division where they are the third best franchise and they still don't know what they have in Jake Locker.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - It was a mistake to give up so soon on Greg Schiano with the way the team played down the stretch, and the team hasn't been relevant since Jon Gruden was the coach.

27. New York Jets - The Jets have two "franchise" quarterbacks on their roster, but neither are any good.

28. Buffalo Bills - There is some talent and reasons for hope, but the team is playing nearly half its home games in Toronto and relocation rumors won't go away.

29. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson isn't getting any younger and the Vikings don't have a quarterback.

30. Cleveland Browns - There are signs of a potential turn-around, but until the Browns get a quarterback, the team will continue to be an NFL bottom-feeder.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - This team showed signs of life in the second half of the season, but constant rumors about possible relocation and a lack of fan interest only makes matters worse.

32. Oakland Raiders - It's hard to have any faith in a franchise that poorly run from the top all the way down to the bottom.

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