The Pack was a team going through a rough divorce with their star, veteran quarterback and seemed to handle itself, but did no better than what people predicted.
Besides the beat down by the Saints, the Pack had pretty close games—seven loses of four or less points, and one of each 11 and nine points. The team also showed some offensive fire power ranking in the top 10 in points, yards, and passing yards (17th in rushing yards) while having two 1,000+ yard wide receivers.
Their concern comes in the form of an unstable defense, besides a few bright spots in the secondary they need some building blocks.
On the defensive line Michael Montgomery is looking to snap a string of unproductive years and find a place in the new 3-4 Caper Defense. Aaron Kampman is also looking to prove he can still be one of the best defense players in the league in this scheme.
If the Pack draft some key players who can make an immediate impact they could turn a couple of those close loses into solid wins and find themselves packing for the playoffs.
2008 season: 6-10
The Seattle Seahawks
Last year was one of the worst coaching years for Mike Holmgren and marked the end of his reign as Head Coach in Seattle.
The Seahawks are looking for a healthy rebound after an injury plagued year. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was injured a majority of the season, and if he can stay healthy the team already looks considerably better than last season.
Add T.J. Houshmandzadeh at wide receiver and there lackluster offense begins to take flight. Houshmandzadeh will also keep defenses honest and allow the running game to show it's potential.
Even the Seahawks defense looks to be improving, with Hill (LB) coming into his own starting his fourth year, and Kearny on the line. While they they lost Pro Bowler J. Peterson, they still are tough at linebacker and should be looking at a defensive linemen in the draft.
Watch out for the 'Hawks, who I feel went through the toughest challenges in the league last year.
2008 Season: 4-12
The Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills showed poise in the beginning of last season winning good games, but ended the season frustrated.
The team added Pro Bowler Owens (WR), which makes the Bills receiving core dangerous.
The team will build on what got them to their early 5-1 last season. Hopefully Trent Edwards (QB) blossoms to become a consistent concern for opposing secondary's and some consistent production from their under achieving running game would also help the offense fire on all pistons.
The defense needs work, but I think we may witness a stampede from the Bills this season.
2008 Season: 7-9
The Detroit Lions
Let's face it, the Lions are no longer the king of the jungle, but anything is better than being the worst. For the Lions, there is no where but up.
2008 Season: 0-16
Prediction: anything better than 0-16