Poll respondents predict Ravens to win AFC

Posted Sept. 20, 2010 @ 11:31 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

ProFootballWeekly.com readers have weighed in and Baltimore will represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLV, according to a recently completed poll of readers. 

The Ravens, who are coming off a 15-10 loss to Cincinnati, received 1,486 (21.8 percent) of the 6,805 votes in the poll, which concluded on Monday.

The Patriots, who also are coming off a loss, were a close second with 1,250 votes (18.4 percent). Pittsburgh came in at No. 3, collecting 873 votes (12.8 percent). The Steelers, who have yet to lose a game this season, were the highest-ranked undefeated team.

This week's poll gave readers the option to select any of the 16 AFC teams.

Jacksonville received just 54 votes (0.8 percent) and was the least-chosen team to win the conference by the readers. The only other teams to finish with fewer than 100 votes were the Browns (85 votes) and the Broncos (97 votes).

Houston (649 votes, 9.5 percent) beat out Indianapolis (603 votes, 8.9 percent) for the No. 4 spot in the poll, just as the Texans took out Indianapolis to start the season.

Following a 19-11 loss to the Steelers on Sunday, the Titans (308 votes) finished sixth in the poll. Miami (303), San Diego (294), New York Jets (192) and Oakland (181) rounded out the top 10.

The readers aren't putting much faith in the Chiefs' 2-0 start. The poll had undefeated Kansas City at No. 11 (177), with Buffalo (143) 12th and Cincinnati (110) 13th.

Our new poll asks: Who will be the Eagles' starting quarterback in December — Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick? Let us know what you think.