ESPN's Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards recently discussed which teams with losing records in 2010 might break through and reach the playoffs in 2011.
Bruschi singled out the St. Louis Rams. I'll expand on his thoughts in our next "Hot Button" discussion.
Edwards went with the San Francisco 49ers. I also could make the case for San Francisco, but the statute of limitations for overrating the 49ers expired around here. If the 49ers are going to finally break through, they'll have to do it on their own.
I'll wait until at least training camp before anointing the 49ers as favorites. The Rams get my vote now based on their quarterback situation and defensive improvement.