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2008 NFL Season Preview

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst INovember 30, 2016


The start of the 2008 NFL regular season brings hope to every team that this is "the year”.

As the kickoff to the season approaches, many rankings, predictions, and previews will emerge. Here are my thoughts on how the 2008 season will play out.


AFC East

1. New England (14-2)*

Key Add: Fernando Bryant, DB

Key Loss: Asante Samuel, DB

Top Pick: Jerrod Mayo, LB


2. New York Jets (9-7)

Key Add: Alan Faneca, OL

Key Loss: Victor Hobson, LB

Top Pick: Vernon Gholston, DL


3. Buffalo Bills   (6-10)

Key Add: Marcus Stroud, DL

Key Loss: Jason Webster, DB

Top Pick: Leodis McKelvin, DB


4. Miami Dolphins   (4-12)

Key Add: Ernest Wilford, WR

Key Loss: Zack Thomas, LB

Top Pick: Jake Long, OL


AFC North

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)*

Key Add: M. Moore, RB

Key Loss: Alan Faneca, OL

Top Pick: Rashard Mendenhall, RB


2. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)*

Key Add: Ben Utecht, TE

Key Loss: Madieu Williams, DB

Top Pick: Keith Rivers, LB


3. Cleveland Browns (9-7)

Key Add: Shaun Rogers, DL

Key Loss: LeCharles Bentley, C

Top Pick: Beau Bell, LB


4. Baltimore Ravens (6-10)

Key Add: Fabian Washington, DB

Key Loss: Jonathon Ogden, OL

Top Pick: Joe Flacco, QB


AFC South

1. Indianapolis Colts (13-3)*

Key Add: Dominic Rhodes, RB

Key Loss: Rob Morris, LB

Top Pick: Mike Pollack, C


2. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)*

Key Add: Troy Williamson, WR

Key Loss: Marcus Stroud, DL

Top Pick: Derrick Harvey, DL


3. Houston Texans (6-10)

Key Add: Roosevelt Colvin, LB

Key Loss: Jerome Mathis, WR

Top Pick: Duane Brown, OL


4. Tennessee Titans (4-12)

Key Add: Alge Crumpler, TE

Key Loss: Ben Troupe, TE

Top Pick: Chris Johnson, RB


AFC West

1. San Diego Chargers (12-4)*

Key Add: Derek Smith, LB

Key Loss: Lorenzo Neal, FB

Top Pick: Antoine Cason, DB


2. Denver Broncos (10-6)

Key Add: Dewayne Robertson, DL

Key Loss: Javon Walker, WR

Top Pick: Ryan Clady, OL


3. Oakland Raiders (8-8)

Key Add: DeAngelo Hall, DB

Key Loss: Warren Sapp, DL

Top Pick: Darren McFadden, RB


4. Kansas City Cheifs (7-9)

Key Add: Demarrio Williams, LB

Key Loss: Jared Allen, DL

Top Pick: Glenn Dorsey, DL


NFC East

1. Dallas Cowboys (13-3)*

Key Add: Adam Jones, DB

Key Loss: Julius Jones, RB

Top Pick: Felix Jones, RB


2. New York Giants (11-5)*

Key Add: David Carr, QB 

Key Loss: Michael Strahan, DL

Top Pick: Kenny Phillips, DB


3. Washington Redskins (10-6)*

Key Add: Erasmus James, DL 

Key Loss: David Macklin, DB 

Top Pick: Malcolm Kelly, WR


4. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10)

Key Add: Asante Samuel, DB 

Key Loss: Takeo Spikes, LB 

Top Pick: Trevor Laws, DL


NFC North

1. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)*

Key Add: Jared Allen, DL 

Key Loss: Tony Richardson, FB 

Top Pick: Tyrell Johnson, DB


2. Green Bay Packers (9-7)

Key Add: Brandon Chillar, LB 

Key Loss: Brett Favre, QB 

Top Pick: Jordy Nelson, WR


3. Chicago Bears (8-8)

Key Add: Marty Booker, WR 

Key Loss: Bernard Berrian, WR 

Top Pick: Chris Williams, OL


4. Detroit Lions (5-11)

Key Add: Leigh Bodden, DB

Key Loss: Shaun Rogers, DL 

Top Pick: Gosder Cherilus, OL


NFC South

1. New Orleans Saints (10-6)*

Key Add: Jonathon Vilma, LB 

Key Loss: Olindo Mare, K 

Top Pick: Sedrick Ellis, DL


2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)

Key Add: Warren Dunn, RB 

Key Loss: Matt Lehr, C 

Top Pick: Aqib Talib, DB


3. Carolina Panthers (6-10)

Key Add: DJ Hackett, WR

Key Loss: Dan Morgan, LB 

Top Pick: Jonathon Stewart, RB


4. Atlanta Falcons   (3-13)

Key Add: Alex Steponavich, C 

Key Loss: Alge Crumpler, TE 

Top Pick: Matt Ryan, QB


NFC West

1. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)*

Key Add: Mike Wahle, OL

Key Loss: Shaun Alexander, RB 

Top Pick: Lawrence Jackson, DL


2. Arizona Cardinals (9-7)

Key Add: Travis LaBoy, DL

Key Loss: Calvin Pace, LB 

Top Pick: Dominique Cromartie, DB


3. San Francisco 49ers (8-8)

Key Add: Isaac Bruce, WR 

Key Loss: Derek Smith, LB 

Top Pick: Kentwan Balmer, DL


4. St. Louis Rams (7-9)

Key Add: Josh Brown, K

Key Loss: Isaac Bruce, WR 

Top Pick: Chris Long, DL

MVP: Tony Romo, QB (Dallas)

Most Improved Player: Maurice Morris, RB (Seattle)

Rookie of the Year: Joe Flacco, QB (Baltimore)

Coach of the Year: Wade Phillips (Dallas)

Biggest Surprise Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Most Disappointing Team: St. Louis Rams


New England defeats Dallas 27-21


*playoff team

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