NFL Preview 2009

Your view of the Carolina Panthers depends on your interpretation of their disastrous 33-13 home Divisional Round loss to the Arizona Cardinals last January. If you are in the camp that believes America witnessed merely a 12-4 team being struck down by quarterback Jake Delhomme's ill-timed career lowlight (in which he completed 22 of 34 passes, but five of them to the wrong team), then you see this club as the favorite in the NFC South. After all, the Panthers return all 11 starters from their seventh-ranked scoring offense, and 10 starters on a defense that, if not for a late-season meltdown, would have finished in the league's Top 10. [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Why the Panthers won't match their 12-4 record again 2009. Carolina Panthers Predicted: 3rd 2008 record: 12-4 (1st NFC South [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
In 2008, San Diego Chargers wide receivers accounted for more than 2,000 yards through the air and more than 15 TDs. Though it's safe to say that San Diego's offense is headlined by players like QB Philip Rivers, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and TE Antonio Gates, the Bolts' receiving corps is a solid group formed among others by a budding young star, an intelligent veteran, and an exciting deep-ball threat specialist. Here's what Charger fans, opposing fans, defenses, and coaches can expect from San Diego's wide receivers this season. Vincent Jackson Vincent Jackson solidified his stance as San Diego's main passing threat on the flanks with a 2008 season in which he netted more than 1,000 yards and scored seven touchdowns. At 6'5", Jackson towers [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Dear Michael Vick, Consider this letter your official "Welcome Back" to society. A lot happened while you were away. America proudly elected its first black president. China wowed the world with a stirring Olympics Opening ceremonies. John Edwards became the most noteworthy politician since Bill Clinton to get busted for cheating on his wife, while Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez became the latest baseball superstars to get busted for cheating on the game. ER went off the air, something called Twitter took over the internet and the world’s economy pretty much went to pot. In fact, [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Why the Falcons have the talent to compete for a Super Bowl. Atlanta Falcons Predicted: 2nd 2008: 11-5 (2nd NFC South) [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
The Tennessee Titans seem to almost be taking a hands-off approach to the 2009 season. Perhaps that's to be expected from a franchise that's employed the same head coach for 16 years. Owner Bud Adams -- who's so hands-off that he still makes his home in Houston, some 785 miles from Nashville -- believes Jeff Fisher and his Titans, who were an AFC-best 13-3 last season, have enough weapons to capture the Lombardi Trophy that has eluded this otherwise successful organization. Only two new starters were [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Snappy one-liner analysis on every significant Titans player and offseason move. Tennessee Titans Predicted: 3rd 2008: 13-3 (1st AFC South) [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Looking at the Jacksonville Jaguars right now is not unlike walking in on someone who is cleaning up after a major basement flood. It's a mess. And not the type that makes you say Here, let me help; more the type that makes you say I'll come back later. Jacksonville's cleanup efforts, daunting as they may be, are completely necessary. This was a Super Bowl-hopeful club that stumbled to an ugly 5-11 record last season. Injuries played a huge part––the Jags had an interior offensive line that some high school JV coaches wouldn’t have settled for––but only because this team lacked the character and chemistry [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Snappy one-liner analysis on every significant Jaguars players and offseason move. Jacksonville Jaguars Predicted: 4th 2008: 5-11 (4th AFC South) [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Change? You call this change? Ha! This ain't change! Change is going from a Republican white president to a Democratic black one. Change is landline phones to cell phones. Or cell phones to PDA's. It's going from fat 1980s Oprah to sleek 2000s Oprah (minus this past year, apparently). Or, on the flip side, going from 1980s Kirstie Alley to current day Kirstie Alley. Now that's change. What’s happening with the Indianapolis Colts is not change. At most, it’s some form of multifaceted tweak. Like a Peyton Manning audible, if you will. Now, granted, for perhaps 31 other NFL teams, [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
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