Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NFL 2008: Will the soap operas continue?

With one of the busiest off-seasons in football history behind us, many fans and critics are beginning to wonder just exactly what can we expect from this year's NFL season? Will the Cowboys actually win a playoff game? Can Vince Young reverse his sophomore slump? Will announcers refer to Chad Johnson as "Ocho-cinco"?

The summer saga of Brett Favre may have been the biggest off-season football story of our lifetimes. It will be odd but interesting to watch how Favre guides the young Jets in the tumultuous AFC.

On the other side of the equation is Aaron Rodgers. Many think the Packers have what it takes to make it to the Super Bowl, and most everyone is anxious to see how Rodgers responds to the challenge now that it is his time.

With so many questions up in the air, some things are certain: the usual powerhouses will be as strong as ever, the Colts and Patriots will battle it out for the AFC title, leaving Chargers fans in tears once again, and the NFC will be wide open for the Cowboys to finally take their place among the NFL elite.

And to the demise of the Big Apple, as the playoff race closes in on the season finale, the New York Giants will not repeat as Super Bowl champions. With the retirement of Michael Strahan and the loss of defense end, Osi Umenyiora, the Giants' defense will be too weak and too vulnerable to compete.

The great thing about football is that we don't know what will happen. A team or player could -- and probably will -- come from nowhere and change everything. But as always, all we can do is wait and see.

-David Cowart

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