NFL Playoffs: Falcons, Texans Among XLVII Contenders in 32-Team Preview

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NFL Playoffs: Falcons, Texans Among XLVII Contenders in 32-Team Preview
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Unlike the lockout-shortened 2011 offseason, fans are enjoying a full slate of summer activities around the NFL this year.

While the lockout kept fans in the dark about their favorite teams last year, this season is a completely different story, with a new headline surfacing around the league each day.

Whether it's the courtship of Peyton Manning or the resurrection of Randy Moss, just about every team has something to be excited about this offseason. How that excitement translates to on-the-field success is sometimes difficult to gauge, but with mini-camps ending and training camps set to get underway, now is the right time to take a deeper look at each team's chances heading into the upcoming season.

How will the Saints rebound from Bounty Gate? Does Cam Newton suffer a sophomore slump? Will the Giants repeat, or is this the year Tom Brady gets his fourth ring? How do the rookie quarterbacks in Indianapolis and Washington fare in their first year?

 Questions abound across the league this offseason. It's time to answer a few of them.

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