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Archive: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

Chiefs Poised for Comeback

The Chiefs could benefit from the weakness of the AFC West and a dramatic infusion of talent at the two most important skill positions on offense: Quarterback and running back. That should make them playoff contenders from the get-go.

By Peter Schaffer | May 29, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dysfunction Saves Saints

It's entirely possible that Matt Ryan could hit a sophomore slump in Atlanta. That Jake Delhomme is capable of stinking up the joint like he did in that unsightly playoff loss. That Tampa Bay with a new head coach and yet another new quarterback could fall by the wayside. All of this points to the Saints returning to the playoffs after taking a year off.

By C.J. Holley | May 29, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Could Do It

New Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley has two huge advantages in his corner: He has a team that has added veteran leaders, and his Chiefs will be playing in what looks like the NFL's worst division. That could set up a playoff run.

By Doug Farrar | May 29, 2009; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Look Out for Buffalo

Right now the Bills should be comforted with the knowledge Owens has made the playoffs with each of his three previous teams and they could be the fourth.

By Gene Wang | May 29, 2009; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

Continuity = Improvement

Tom Brady has the proper mix of talent, success, work ethic, humility and an ability to date super models, combined with a Hall of Fame coach and almost a complete veteran team. His own success, and that of his team, is all but a foregone conclusion.

By Peter Schaffer | May 28, 2009; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Scary? Yes. 16-0? No.

Yes, Brady should be able to lead an offense that piles up a ton of points, has opposing defensive coordinators reaching for the NoDoz and, one assumes, produces plenty of Patriots wins. But there's no way Brady and Co. run the regular-season table like they did two years ago.

By Desmond Bieler | May 28, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

This Ain't 2007 Folks

Will the Patriots be good? Surely they will. If 2008 taught us anything, it's that Bill Belichick can still figure out how to adapt better than anyone else in the game. Can they be 2007-style perfect? Not a chance.

By Cameron Smith | May 28, 2009; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Good ... Not Great

Two years of rust coupled with everyone being, well, two years older will keep the New England Patriots from being the offensive juggernaut they were in their 18-1 march to not-quite immortality.

By C.J. Holley | May 28, 2009; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Super Bowl or Bust

There's no reason to think New England won't be right in the thick of the Super Bowl chase with Brady back in the fold.

By Gene Wang | May 28, 2009; 2:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

They May Be Even Better

I'm not too sure the Patriots offense can be better than it was in 2007, but I have little doubt that a healthy Brady will fly right back to the top of the heap. There are too many things in his favor.

By Doug Farrar | May 27, 2009; 11:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

With Brady, Team to Beat

Don't forget how good this team was in 2007.

By Mark Maske | May 27, 2009; 9:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix the Rules

Instead of becoming more punitive, the league would do better to amend its rules to allow teams to pursue players about to become free agents as soon as the offseason begins.

By Gene Wang | May 26, 2009; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Crime, Penalties Stupid

I guess the reason why tampering is such a problem is because it starts a slippery slope. If it's ok the day before, then what stops it from being ok a week before, or a month before, or during the third Sunday of October. I don't get it.

By Dan Steinberg | May 26, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tampering Impossible to Stop

Theoretically, the NFL should stop teams from tampering with players under contract with other clubs. In reality, however, without full disclosure of the conversations held, the league is going to have a difficult time proving when tampering actually occurs.

By Rob Rang | May 26, 2009; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Follow the NBA Role

For once, the NFL actually could learn something from another American professional sports league. And only the NBA has taken appropriately harsh measures to eliminate tampering from free agency.

By Cameron Smith | May 26, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time to Change the Rules

f you have a seven-day window that gives every team an equal shot at the best and most desirable free agents, and a team tries to sneak in a day early, that team should get the same kind of fine/draft loss the Patriots received for the Spygate scandal.

By Doug Farrar | May 26, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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