These are just my thoughts on whom I think will be the sleeper teams for the upcoming 2009 NFL Season. Am I off? What do you think? I want to hear what you guys are thinking.
Tell me who should be on the list. Who should be off the list? Am I pipe dreaming or am I right on target? Let me know.
Should the Ravens be on the list? Eagles? Giants? Even the Cowboys? Bleacher creatures, unite!
Let's see where I've made sense and where you are so pissed at me that you want to tell me where to go, feel free! I'm here to listen to you and do what you tell me to do!
No true No. 1 wide receiver? No way the Eagles compete this season, right? WRONG! The Eagles will have the core of their team returning from last year. This is the same team that went to the NFC Championship Game in 2008.
They will have had a year from rookie standout DeSean Jackson and from the other young Eagles!! With a healthy No. 5 and Westbrook, they could be dangerous.
New head coach? No problem. The only thing that can stop the Bucs this year is the learning curve under the new defensive coordinator, Jim Bates.
New additions Kellen Winslow and Derrick Ward may give the Bucs a much needed attitude on offense. The D will take care of everything else.
Let's see what happens with the Jets this season. With Rex Ryan, Lito Sheppard, Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard, and some much needed time to get over the departure of Brett Favre, the Jets may be poised to finally make noise in the AFC East and challenge for the division crown.
With a healthy Reggie Bush and the NFL's top rated offense, the Saints could challenge in the NFC South again! They have had one year in a new defensive scheme and were vastly improved from the atrocity that was the 2007-2008 season
I know, I know. Why are the Pats even on this list? Well, they didn't win the division for the first time in forever last year, and even though they had great success without Brady, they lost Cassel and now must rely on Brady (scary, huh?) again.
With a talented group of receivers, new RB, lots of experience returning in the secondary, and a younger, more talented group of LB's, the Pats should be o.k. this coming season
Don't laugh. Even though the Raiders were terrible in '08, they will have the benefit of some of their offensive weapons back, including a healthy McFadden and a QB (Jeff Garcia) who is a proven winner.
Yes, I know the Titans lost Big Albert to the Skins, but Jeff Fisher never expects anything less than tenacity, aggression, and performance from his teams! I expect them to be great again next year.
Why are the Super Bowl Champs on this list? Well, because no one thinks they will do it again.
With a returning defensive MVP, a majority of the core group coming back, and the return of a few talented rookies, the Steelers will be hard to challenge this season.
The Broncos traded away Jay Cutler? Well, they also have a new head coach, plenty of free agent pick ups and a healthy Champ Bailey coming back. The Broncos will be looking to be Mile High once again!
Jay Cutler is now the Bears QB, so this in turn gives them instant credibility in a so-so NFC North. The Bears should be able to challenge, that is if they can stop anyone on D!