By Don Banks
January 07, 2010

With Super Bowl XLIV (can we just go back to using 44 at this point?) in South Florida a mere 31 days away, it's never too early to start contemplating all the potential matchups, with all their juicy storylines. Taking in the sweep of the entire 12-team playoff field, at least while it lasts, here are my top 10 hoped-for Super pairings:

1. Jets vs. Packers

Brett Favre's two former teams meet in the Super Bowl, but he's not there.

2. Chargers vs. Saints

The Drew Brees Bowl, which would be a blast. Brees against the quarterback who replaced him in San Diego, Philip Rivers, would be the No. 1 storyline of the game.

3. Colts vs. Vikings

Can you say marquee matchup? Peyton Manning against Brett Favre. Might be a notebook item or two there.

4. Chargers vs. Cowboys

When Jerry Jones hired Wade Phillips as his head coach in early 2007, the runner-up for the job was Norv Turner. Both Phillips and Turner have led three different NFL teams without ever getting to a Super Bowl. It'd be the Vindication Bowl.

5. Saints vs. Colts

It'd be an every Manning for himself kind of Super Bowl, what with Peyton playing against his dad Archie's former team.

6. Jets vs. Vikings

Favre against the team he made that 2008 cameo with. I'm sure by now Jets fans have forgiven him for tanking at the end of the season and getting New York's head coach fired in the process.

7. Jets vs. Eagles

I'm pretty sure things would get interesting as New York head coach Rex Ryan seeks revenge against the team that once fired his father, Buddy Ryan, after he went winless in three consecutive playoff trips from 1988-90.

8. Saints vs. Patriots

It was a blowout for the Saints in Week 12, but the Patriots would love to get another shot at slowing down the truck that hit them that Monday night in the Superdome.

9. Ravens vs. Eagles

We'd get a heaping dose of the mentor and the protégé coverage, courtesy of Andy Reid coaching against his former Eagles assistant, John Harbaugh.

10. Colts vs. Cowboys

A rematch of the Blooper Bowl, that forgettable Super Bowl V pairing that always makes the list of worst-played Super Bowls. (I suppose a Baltimore-Dallas Super Bowl would qualify as a rematch of another sort).

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