The NFL's Biggest Surprises of 2008

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The NFL's Biggest Surprises of 2008

At the start of every NFL season, there are certain things that are a given.

Terrell Owens will dominate the headlines at some point during the season, Brett Favre will be behind a center when September rolls around, and Peyton Manning will find some way to keep Indianapolis a perennial contender.

But each year, a number of players make the jump from average to outstanding and several rookies take little time to adjust, making their mark from day one.

Whether it's the young backup who finally has the chance to prove himself as a starter or the aging veteran who shakes off critics and proves that he can still perform at a top level, these players stepped up and made their presence felt in 2008 to the surprise of everyone.

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