Countdown to Kickoff: Top Five NFL Storylines

Brad GilliamContributor IAugust 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 15:  Michael Vick #7 prepares to throw a pass in a workout at the NovaCare Complex on August 15, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

The wait is almost over. The hard-hitting action you have been waiting for is almost here. The 2009 NFL season is right around the corner. The talk will finish and the action will begin. Here are my top five storylines for the 2009 season.


5. Jay Cutler in Chi-Town

For the first time in a long time, the Chicago Bears have a franchise quarterback to build around. Unfortunately, they lack depth at wide receiver. Maybe a talented quarterback in Jay Cutler will be the answer to that problem.

Even though Cutler is a great quarterback, he has to change his attitude. The way he left Denver was very childish and immature. Also, after his first preseason game he called out his receiver, Devin Hester, for not preventing an interception that he threw.

If he has a problem with someone, he needs to deal with him behind closed doors, especially since he is the new guy.

If he did that in Denver, he would still be there.


4. The Return of Tom Brady

Before he was injured, the last time we saw Tom Brady he was breaking records before he ran into the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Can he return to form in 2009?

He certainly has the weapons to do so.

Wes Welker and Randy Moss both return and the Patriots were able to sign veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway. Also, the offensive line will be solid and will help keep him upright.

Tom Brady will be Tom Brady in 2009.


3. T.O. in Buffalo

Get your popcorn not really.

Finally the Buffalo Bills have something to be excited about. Ever since the Music City Miracle, Bills fans have suffered. Now that Terrell Owens has joined the team the city has something to be excited about, which is great for them.

However, I don't think that 2009 will be their year. They need more talent to compete with the rest of the AFC. They need a season to adjust to each other before things come together. T.O. will be productive but the front office needs to bring in more high caliber players to help Owens.


2. Brett...Favre...(sigh)

He's back...again.

Even though I can't stand Brett Favre, Minnesota is a better team. They will be a threat in the NFC and are Super Bowl contenders. The problem is if Favre will have anything left in the tank at the end of the season when the Vikings could be seeing teams like the Giants and/or Eagles in the postseason.  He can't fade out when the lights are brightest.

The Vikings should not have to depend on Favre as much as the Jets did last year because Minnesota has a better running game. Running back Adrian Peterson will be able to pick up yard on the ground and help take pressure off of Favre.


1. Michael Vick's Redemption

Michael Vick has finally returned to the NFL and it will be interesting to see how Eagles' head coach Andy Reid intends to use Vick. Of course the Wildcat will be used, but I know that Reid will have something up his sleeves.

If Vick wants to succeed his work ethics has to improve and he has prove to people that he has changed. His attitude will determine how people continue to view him.