- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers have an ascending quarterback, rock-solid stability and a proven methodology.
That makes them the most logical choice for NFL team most likely to dominate several years from now (2014-16, specifically). Pittsburgh also qualifies for consideration.
The Packers prevailed with six of 25 votes among ESPN panelists. Ten of us offered expanded explanations for the project. A quick look at the voting:
Green Bay Packers: Eric Allen, Colin Cowherd, Tim Graham, Aaron Schatz, Kevin Seifert, Bill Williamson
Atlanta Falcons: Stephania Bell, Christopher Harris, Paul Kuharsky, Pat Yasinskas
St. Louis Rams: Mel Kiper Jr., Chad Millman, Mike Sando
Buffalo Bills: John Clayton
Detroit Lions: Dan Graziano
New England Patriots: K.C. Joyner
Philadelphia Eagles: Matthew Berry
"Dominant" has been a relative term in the NFC West. Division winners have averaged fewer than nine victories per season over the past three years. The 2005 Seattle Seahawks (13-3) were the only division winner out of the last seven with more than 10 victories in a regular season.