NFL Preseason 2011: 7 Surprising AFC Storylines

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NFL Preseason 2011: 7 Surprising AFC Storylines
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The 2011 NFL regular season—one many believed might not come to pass—is upon us. The NFL lockout did not affect the regular season, but it sure did make the preseason a lot more exciting as teams scrambled to fill their rosters and get below the salary cap.

The Philadelphia Eagles grabbed the biggest headlines this offseason as they assembled the "Dream Team." On the whole, however, teams from the AFC generated far more buzz than their NFC counterparts.

There were more than a few stories coming out of the AFC that could shape the outcome of the regular season. Some came as no surprise—the Jets resigning Santonio Holmes—but in the NFL, the stories that may have the biggest impact on the season are the ones that no one sees coming.

Whether it was a surprise trade, the release of a veteran or the signing of a big-name player, these five stories could determine who wins the AFC this season.

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