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NFL season in preview

Here are some predictions and analysis for the NFL season, which begins tomorrow when Minnesota visits the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

NFL season in preview

Here are some predictions and analysis for the NFL season, which begins tomorrow when Minnesota visits the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

GOING UP
Texans
Raiders
49ers

GOING DOWN
Saints
Patriots
Steelers

GOING NOWHERE
Redskins
Rams
Jaguars

FIRST-ROUND HITS

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Lions (2nd)
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills (9th)
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers (18th)
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals (21st)
Jahvid Best, RB, Lions (30th)

FIRST-ROUND MISSES
Gerald McCoy, DT, Bucs (3rd)
Tyson Alualu, DT, Jaguars (10th)
Ryan Matthews, RB, Chargers (12th)
Derrick Morgan, DE, Titans (16th)
Patrick Robinson, CB, Saints (32nd)

TWEET, TWEET
@BigRed (Andy Reid): Who needs a freakin’ coach of the year award. I just signed an endorsement deal with Five Guys.
@LittleBen (Ben Roethlisberger): Hey, peeps. If you’re looking for a great book to read, try ``Idiot’s Guide To America’s Top College Bars.’’
@EaglesCheerleader (Dave Spadaro): An Eagles red-zone touchdown is better than sex, baby.
@BooedOnDraftDay (Donovan McNabb): I just threw 3 straight balls in the dirt and nobody booed. Is Washington a great place to play or what?
@BigAndDumb (Shaun Rogers): I mean, who knew you couldn’t take a loaded gun on an airplane.
@Pic-a-nicBaskett (Hank Baskett): I’ll trade you a copy of the Super Bowl XLIV highlight DVD for that sex video of my wife.
@Asante22 (Asante Samuel): Damn. Guess I ain’t going to Canton as long as Domowitch has a vote. Good thing he’s old.

COACHES ON HOT SEAT
Lovie Smith, Bears
Jack Del Rio, Jaguars
Eric Mangini, Browns
Tom Cable, Raiders
John Fox, Panthers
Gary Kubiak, Texans

DECEMBER HEADLINES
* Owners, Players Seal New Labor Deal That Includes ``Really, Really Enhanced’’ 30-Game Schedule
* Shawn Andrews Quits Football; Will Join Cast Of ``Glee’’
* Haynesworth Benched; Diagnosed With Restless Leg Syndrome, Ringworm
* Raiders Win 5th In A Row; Lead AFC West

COACH OF THE YEAR
AFC: Marvin Lewis, Bengals
NFC: Mike Singletary, 49ers

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

AFC: Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
NFC: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
AFC: Mario Williams, DE, Texans
NFC: Julius Peppers, DE, Bears

BREAKOUT YEARS
Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
Arian Foster, RB, Texans
Anthony Spencer, LB, Cowboys
Stewart Bradley, LB, Eagles
Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

UNDERRATED
Matt Schaub, QB, Texans
Greg Jennings, WR, Packers
Heath Miller, TE, Steelers
Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
Cullen Jenkins, DE, Packers

OVERRATED
Jason Peters, OT, Eagles
Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
Reggie Bush, RB, Saints
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals

ALL-JOHNSON TEAM
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
Brandon Johnson, LB, Bengals
Bryant Johnson, WR, Lions
Charles Johnson, DE, Panthers
Derrick Johnson, LB, Chiefs
Chris Johnson, CB, Raiders
Charlie Johnson, G, Saints

SACK LEADERS

AFC: Mario Williams, DE, Texans
NFC: DeMarcus Ware, LB, Cowboys

RUSHING LEADERS

AFC: Chris Johnson, Titans
NFC: Adrian Peterson, Vikings

POTENTIAL 2011 LANDING SPOTS FOR JON GRUDEN
Jacksonville Jaguars
Cleveland Browns
Carrollwood (Fla.) Day High School
Hollywood (the lead in ``Dennis the Menace’’ sequel)
Back in the ESPN ``Monday Night Football’’ booth

GAMES TO CIRCLE ON YOUR CALENDAR
Ravens at Bengals, Sept. 19
Cowboys at Texans, Sept. 26
Redskins at Eagles, Oct. 3
Texans at Colts, Nov. 1
Packers at Vikings, Nov. 21
Saints at Cowboys, Nov. 25
Jets at Patriots, Dec. 6
Giants at Vikings, Dec. 12
Saints at Ravens, Dec. 19
Cardinals at 49ers, Jan. 2
Cowboys at Eagles, Jan. 2


 

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