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2009 NFL Preview: 32 Sentences for 32 Teams

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes the ball up the middle during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)
Tom AndoContributor IJune 9, 2009

Every year, millions of football fans spend money on all sorts of NFL season preview magazines, myself included, and I think it's about time somebody delivers a preview in CliffsNotes. Not only will it create a challenge to this writer, but hopefully save somebody out there money on an aforementioned preview magazines. Probably not, but hey, let's give it a shot.

 

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: Terrell Owens brings some much needed attention to a team suffering a playoff drought eclipsed only by the Detroit Lions, but getting their popcorn ready isn't going to get them over that hump.

Miami Dolphins: If 2008 showed us anything, it's to always expect the unexpected, in terms of offensive formations and quick turnarounds.

New England Patriots: Tom Brady has a chance to take his legacy to the next level if he returns the Pats to prominence after a year off.

New York Jets: Baltimore players used to rave about their former defensive coordinator, so they followed him to the Big Apple.

 

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: A sophomore slump may prove Joe Flacco was a fluke-o.

Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer has got to be looking forward to the day that his contract is up.

Cleveland Browns: Eric Mangini has more than his fair share of work cut out for him, but at least he is turning over that awful roster as quickly as possible.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Ben and Co. want to let everyone know they deserve this decade just as much as the Pats.

 

AFC South

Houston Texans: Behind a suddenly-stacked defense and the explosive play of Steve Slaton, this could be the darkhorse team of 2009.

Indianapolis Colts: Have done very little to make significant strides to return to the Super Bowl, and they might miss Tony Dungy more than expected.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Jack Del Rio should be praying that Torry Holt can bring back the David Garrard of 2007.

Tennessee Titans: Have a big void to fill with the loss of Albert Haynesworth on the defensive line.

 

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Josh McDaniels, what are you thinking?

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel is a solid quarterback, but let's not forget he had a team around him in New England.

Oakland Raiders: Yawn.

San Diego Chargers: The only team that can stand in front of the Chargers in the West is, well, the Chargers.

 

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: The departure of T.O. should give us an answer on what the real Tony Romo looks like.

New York Giants: The return of Osi Umenyiora should provide the team enough of a spark to overcome the loss of Plaxico Burress.

Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Westbrook continues to be the most underrated player in the NFL today, if not all time.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins once again spent tons of money on a player they hope will turn around their franchise.

 

NFC North

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler gives the team a legit NFL quarterback, with no legit NFL receivers.

Detroit Lions: The team should paint a mural on the Ford Field roof, so Matthew Stafford has something to look at while he's on his back all season.

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers should only look better after a season of coming out of Brett Favre's shadow.

Minnesota Vikings: If the Purple People Eaters want a turnover machine at quarterback, they should just stay with Tavaris Jackson and avoid the drama.

 

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: Brought in Tony Gonzalez to make sure Matt Ryan doesn't suffer the sophomore slump.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers will once again try to escape NFL mediocrity and return to relevance.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints hope the Drew Brees aerial show can make them the division's elite team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It's put up or shut up for a team that just fired its Super Bowl-winning coach.

 

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: Organization finally has some swagger, now it's time to see if it can shake the Super Bowl loss to come back stronger.

St. Louis Rams: Only interesting note here is the team is up for sale.

San Francisco 49ers: Mike Singletary has the team headed in the right direction, but major questions remain on defense and at quarterback.

Seattle Seahawks: They keep on signing receivers instead of offensive line help.

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