I was thinking that I wanted to do something that showed what I thought about each team without writing a story for each team. So what I am going to do is give a short summary of what I see for each team alphabetically. Another thing...I could care less about what their schedule is. There are good teams and bad teams, and that is what I am focusing on.
The way I see it, the Cardinals have had the taste of the Super Bowl, so they are going to make sure they do well enough to get back into the playoffs, and I don't see them not doing that. They are a very strong team with a great cast of players. They are in a weak division(NFC West), with the only team that should give them problems being Seattle. Expect them to be a force this year and more than likely have a first round bye.
The Falcons are one of those scary teams that fly under the radar. They have the quarterback, the running back, the receivers, and a pretty good defense. The one thing that could hold them back is that they are in a division that could be very competitive. Each team could possibly fight for a playoff chance. That said, I do think that the Falcons will be a wild-card team. They can only build on last years success, and I think that they will.
Now this is a really good team. They have everything that a team could want. If it wasn't for the Steelers, I would easily say that could be Super Bowl bound. I'm still going to say they can get there, but they will have a very tough time getting there. The AFC is just packed with great teams. I personally love the Ravens. They should make a great push to get deep into the playoffs.
I really don't know what to say about the Bills. They went and got one of the top 5 receivers this offseason. But do they have a complete team? That will be a question until about 4 or 5 games into the season. I think they are good enough to get 9-7, but the question is, will they?
I like the Panthers. I always have. They just seem to always have something big happen every year...usually with either Jake Delhomme or Steve Smith. If they can stay healthy, they can be one heck of a team.
Da Bears. They are always one of those teams that have all the talent to be good, but always have/had a missing piece. It's up to you to decide if that missing piece has been found with Jay Cutler. He is a good quarterback, but I think he is overrated. He will help the bears though. They won't win the division. That should go to the Vikings.
There is no reason why this team should not be good. Carson Palmer is back and he says he feels good. Chad Ocho Cinco has been talking a lot of trash. Ocho knows he had a bad season and wants to show everybody that he is still one of the best in the league. Is he? I don't know. I have faith in him. They could do some damage and surprise a lot of people/teams.
Who knows what will happen with the Browns. They have two very overrated quarterbacks in my eyes. Their wideouts seem to be in a huge funk...Braylon Edwards couldn't catch a pass to save his life last year. I'm not expecting much out of them, and hopefully you don't either.
The Cowboys need to get better soon, or Wade Philips will be out of a job. Jerry Jones doesn't dish out tons of money for a good team to have them blow it every single year. I'm not sure Tony Romo is a good enough quarterback to get them over the hump they slide down every year. I don't think the loss of T.O. will be a huge loss. They have a good core of receivers, so that will be good for them. They just need to stop choking in big situations.
Do not expect much out of them...they have Kyle Orton as a quarterback. He has more bad years than good. They do have a good run game, and the possibility of a good defense, but I would say just don't hope for the best. You will be better off hoping for the worst.
There was a huge overhaul with the Lions. New coaches, new players, and even new jerseys. This season will go one of two ways. They will either surprise the heck out of everybody, or fail miserably. Don't expect another o-16 season though. If Culpepper starts, they will do well. If Stanford starts, I won't be expecting much of anything. I have a strong belief, and I could be wrong, that he is a quarterback with way way way too much hype.
Green Bay Packers
I LOVE the Pack. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pack. They've been my favorite since I grew up an hour north of them in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin. They are another team with so much talent on their team, but I don't think they know what to do with it. It's possible they will win the division, but I am just not sure that they will be able to overtake the Vikings.
Houston is one of those teams that could be good but just can't put everything together. They have a good quarterback, great running back, but the defense is one that has to concern fans. They will either be real good or average like they have been.
The Colts are the Colts. As long as they have a healthy Payton Manning, they will be good. Same goes for this year. If Manning stays healthy, the colts will be fine.
The Jags must be one of the most frustrated teams in the league. Year in and year out they have a great team, but they can never do what they should be doing. This year will be no different. They will be 8-8 or close to it, and once again no playoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs
I really do think the Chiefs could be good this year. They are my dark horse...the Cardinals from last year...maybe not that great of a run, but they could be real good. They have a quarterback with nothing to lose, a running back that wants to show he still has what it takes to play in the league, a new coach, and a good defense. I really do think they will be the team to surprise everybody.
The Dolphins relied heavily on the wildcat last year, and now everybody knows it and a lot of teams will be using it. Ronnie Brown will have another good year, Chad Pennington will show he is a good quarterback, and the defense will be good once again. Playoffs, I'm not sure. But they have a decent chance.
I like the Vikings this year. They are such a good team, and as long as they get their quarterback problem figured out, they will be spectacular. They have the best running back in the league, pretty good receivers, a good defense like every year, and happy players. The biggest question with the Vikes is their offensive line, but even with Matt Burk gone, I think it will be just fine.
New England Patriots
The Pats are the Pats. They have every chance to get back to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is back and healthy, they have great receivers, good running backs, and a real good defense. They can do whatever they want to do, and they want to show that they aren't done with the dominance yet.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints could be so good. They have an offense that could be really good, but I don't know about their defense. If Brees plays like he did last year, Bush becomes what he is/was expected to be, and the defense steps up, they will be one of the best teams this year.
New York Giants
The biggest, and real only question with the Giants, is the wide receivers. Are their current receivers good enough? That should be the only question. They are good...probably playoff good.
New York Jets
Give the Jets and Sanchez a year or 2 to develop. They will be good this year, but they should be pretty good in a few years. No playoffs.
The Raiders are either going to be a hit or miss. I hate how Al Davis runs the team, but the players just don't ever seem to care on that team. They won't be the worst team in the league, but they won't be even close to the best.
The Eagles will do pretty much what they did last year. They will make it to the playoffs and fizzle out again. They are the Cowboys with different uniforms and less money.
What a perfect team. They have everything. A good quarterback, good receivers, good running backs, and the best defense in the league. They have another chance to be unstoppable like last year. Super Bowl bound you ask? I think so, but it all depends on the Patriots and Ravens.
San Diego Chargers
The big things with the Chargers are Does Tomlinson still have it and Can Sproles hold up for a whole season of beating? They have a quarterback that is solid, a good defense and a good everything else, but their running game makes me wonder.
San Francisco 49ers
The Niners are still trying to build...it's been a long time, but they should start showing improvement this year. Also, Micheal Crabtree needs to get over himself. If not, he will cause more problems then he helps.
I have no clue what the Seahawks will do. I have to say they will be ok, but no playoffs. They have a "new" coach and it's almost as if they are rebuilding a little. They are still good, but they don't really make me excited.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams have a lot of talent. Great running back and a very well rounded team. They too though seem to be rebuilding and not quite sure where or what they are building. No playoffs, but they will be better than last year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If the Bucs had a quarterback and still had Monte Kiffin, I'd say they are going to be solid, but I just don't believe they will be solid. They have below average quarterbacks, and who knows how their defense will be. They won't be bad, but they won't be playoff good.
The Titans had a great year last year until they lost in the playoffs. They will again be good, but not as good. They will put up a great fight for the playoffs, and they might just barely make it, but they won't do much if they do get in.
The 'Skins just don't impress me either. Jason Campbell finally will have the same system as last year, but they just are a very average team. Very very average. They will do better than last year but I don't think they will be in the playoffs this year.
I think this will be a good year. There are quite a few good teams, and I think that every team has improved from last year. There will still be bad teams and there will still be good teams, but there shouldn't be another 0-16 team this year. It's a very early prediction, but I think it is a very good possibility that the Super Bowl this year could be the same as last year. There shouldn't be any huge surprises though.