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Saints are early favorites for Super Bowl champs

The pressure is on, I told Sean Payton last week. I correctly picked the past two Super Bowl champions. The Saints are my early favorite.

"Oh, my gosh," Payton said. "... I love knowing that somebody has picked us. I'm kind of excited."

The teams with continuity in their coaching staffs and with a veteran quarterback are the teams that have the best chance to win it all.

Here are my rankings before free agency:

1. New Orleans Saints: The Saints still have the core that won them the Super Bowl two years ago, including QB Drew Brees, and they got better in the draft.

2. Green Bay Packers: The Packers overcame losing a league-high 91 games by starters because of injury to win the Super Bowl.

3. New England Patriots: They still have Tom Brady, and now he has first-round pick OT Nate Solder to try to keep him upright in the playoffs.

4. San Diego Chargers: The Chargers ranked first in total offense and first in total defense, but their special teams kept them out of the playoffs.

5. Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons went 13-3 and earned a first-round playoff bye last season.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers: How much damage has LB James Harrison caused to this team?

7. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick completed 62.6 percent of his passes.

8. Baltimore Ravens

9. New York Jets

10. Houston Texans

11. Indianapolis Colts

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

13. New York Giants

14. Detroit Lions

15. Dallas Cowboys

16. Chicago Bears

17. St. Louis Rams

18. Kansas City Chiefs

19. Oakland Raiders

20. Jacksonville Jaguars

21. Miami Dolphins

22. San Francisco 49ers

23. Buffalo Bills

24. Seattle Seahawks

25. Minnesota Vikings

26. Denver Broncos

27. Arizona Cardinals

28. Washington Redskins

29. Cleveland Browns

30. Cincinnati Bengals

31. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton is the future, but the present is bleak for this team.

32. Tennessee Titans