Over the Ravens or Patriots? Who could even argue that?
Alot of the people from ESPN picked Houston. There were a few ESPN anchors and a few NFL Analysts that picked them. There were also several anchors or journalists on the NFL Network that also picked them. That's why I said I was so surprised to hear so many people picking Houston.
Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texan both came out strong and finished strong. Those two teams looked really good. Matt Ryan looked like an elite QB in this game with the help of Julio Jones who looked like a #1 receiver. Atlanta paid big with the draft picks they traded to move up so they could select Julio Jones which looks like a really smart move now. I think that after this game against Kansas City, Julio surpasses Roddy White as the #1 receiver on the depth chart.
Like I said before, I was surprised to see how many sports writers/commentators chose the Houston Texans as the team to win the AFC and go on to the Superbowl which I find hard to agree with mainly because I still think of Houston as the team that'd always be last in their division but over the past 2 years they signed some free agents (CB J. Johnson) and drafted good players with lots of potential (DE J.J. Watt, CB K. Jackson, LB B. Cushing) which helped them finally reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last year. I do believe that if Schaub was healthy going into the playoffs they would of gone alot further than they did. Even though they had their third-string QB T.J Yates starting because of injuries, they still made it to the playoffs and even won a game by beating Cincinnati which does show how the team is all-around good.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots/Denver Broncos, or Chicago Bears/New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens are my SB picks.
Your forgetting the fact that Flowers, the Chiefs #1 CB and Hali, the Chiefs #1 pass rusher were out. Also one of their starting Safeties was hurt. Don't overate the Falcons just because of the Chiefs injured defense.