Preseason Storylines We'll Forget by Week 1 of NFL Season
As interesting as the NFL preseason is, many fans get caught up in storylines that end up being irrelevant come Week 1.
When teams start strong out of the gate, it tends to quiet down any negative speculation from the preseason.
Look for the following developments to disappear when the season gets underway.
The Cowboys' Window of Opportunity Closing
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Once the season starts, Dallas will be more focused on this season than the future. Any talk of the ''window of opportunity'' will be replaced by the team's focus on 2012.
A good core group on offense of Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Miles Austin and Jason Witten, among others, is solid enough to contend for a division title.
Talk about the next few years is usually reserved for the offseason, and it will all be about 2012 when the season begins.
New Orleans Needs Sean Payton on the Sideline
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Sean Payton's system is firmly in place, and quarterback Drew Brees should be able to run the offense as though Payton never left.
The play-calling could be a little more conservative this year, but all of Payton's screens and route combinations are already installed.
If New Orleans starts hot, analysts will stop asking questions about whether or not the team misses its coach.
Peyton Manning Isn't Very Consistent
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Broncos star Peyton Manning is just getting into his groove, and the quarterback should shed all concerns about consistency when the season starts.
A very good player when he gets rolling, Manning just needs to re-adjust to his surroundings and the speed of the NFL game.
This former All-Pro knows what it takes to succeed in the NFL and will find his Manning-esque consistency by Week 1.
The Jets Offense Is Awful
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While the Jets don't figure to light up many scoreboards in 2012, a solid run game and a ball-control passing attack will give this team a very 49er-like feel.
Tony Sparano hasn't shown much of his complicated stuff this preseason, only running simple plays and holding tough under the media pressure in New York.
The Jets offense has sputtered of late, but this shouldn't be a problem when the season gets underway.
Andrew Luck Is a Demigod
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While he'll be a great quarterback and is a solid candidate to put up big numbers in 2012, Andrew Luck likely won't lead the Colts to a winning record just yet.
Luck is a future franchise signal-caller, but he doesn't have the pieces around him to be a superstar as a rookie.
Look for a 6-10 season to signify progress in Indianapolis this year.