Análisis de la conferencia Americana

Tanto los apostadores como los expertos no le otorgan a los Giants de Nueva York la clase de respeto que un campeón del Super Bowl debe merecer. Eli Manning y compañía se colaron en los "playoffs" el año pasado y acto seguido desplegaron su mejor nivel en enero y febrero. Por segunda ocasión en cinco años, vencieron a los favoritos Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra para levantar el trofeo Lombardi. Con un equipo casi intacto (los titulares son casi todos los mismos y el núcleo ofensivo regresa), los Giants son candidatos a revalidar el título. Por lo menos, deberían ser considerados el equipo a vencer en la Conferencia Nacional. Pero no es así. En las casas de apuestas de Las Vegas, 10 equipos asoman por delante de los Giants cuando se mencionan a los favoritos para ganar el Super Bowl. También quedaron terceros, detrás de los Packers de Green Bay y Nueva Inglaterra, en la clasificación que hace la AP de los 32 equipos de la NFL. Un repaso a los equipos en las cuatro divisiones de la Conferencia. (ROB MAADI / Associated Press)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Jason Pierre-Paul #90 and Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants react afetr they sacked Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III dives for a first down during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scores a touchdown on a 12-yard run, in front ofCincinnati Bengals cornerback Nate Clements during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Grieshop)

Lions beat Bills 38-32 in final preseason game

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball as guard Rob Sims (67) blocks Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay (90) during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) hands the ball to running back Michael Turner (33) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Friday Aug. 24, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Newton outshines Tannehill in Panthers 23-17 win

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) prepares to throw a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers stands with head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher watches from the sideline against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis. Expectations are realistic heading into the Rams' opener at Detroit, and not just because of what happened last season. The team will live and learn with its young players up and down the roster. Before the initial round of cuts, there were 40 players age 24 or younger on the 90-man roster. Nine starters, including starting quarterback Sam Bradford, fit in that group. The Rams are scheduled to begin their regular season on Sept. 9 against the Lions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)