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NFL Season Preview: #21 Buffalo Bills

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Overview: The Bills started off hot in ’08, rattling off four straight wins in their first four games. After splitting their next two games, Buffalo went on a four game losing streak. After a blowout win against the Chiefs, the Bills again faltered and went on a three game losing streak. Ultimately, the passing game  and defense were very inconsistent and led to the Bills 7-9 record last season.

Offseason Moves: Via the draft, Buffalo acquired Penn State DE Aaron Maybin and Louisville C Eric Wood in the first round. The Bills also added backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and RB Dominic Rhodes to the equation. Of course, Buffalo’s big off season signing was WR Terrell Owens. The Bills believe said move will give the team much more stability and consistency in the passing game. Buffalo also tried the addition by subtraction route, trading T Jason Peters to the Eagles, and letting LB Angelo Crowell leave in free agency.

Upcoming Season: The Bills offensive line took a big hit losing Peters, but otherwise got just a tad better with the signing of Owens. Although, the offense will be without the suspended RB Marshawn Lynch for the beginning of the season. The defense lost Crowell, but stayed primarily the same. So you would think that changing nothing would give you the same results right? Look for much of the same as last year for this Bills team.

Trent EdwardsPlayer to watch: WR Terrell Owens has a reputation for crumbling quarterbacks down. Examples being Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo. Now it’s QB Trent Edwards turn, and it will be interesting to see how he deals with Owens. He has already started out by saying the right things, and claims that he will call T.O.’s former QBs for help if needed.

Prediction: 6-10, 4th in AFC East

The Bills really didn’t do too much to get better, and have gotten worse. Their offensive line will struggle, which will not help RB Marshawn Lynch or QB Trent Edwards.

Special Prediciton: First time T.O. complains about not getting ball =APTOPIX Giants Cowboys Football Week 4

First time T.O. claims there are secret meetings between Edwards and WR Lee Evans = Week 10

First and last time T.O. wears a Buffalo uniform and cries over his QB getting criticized = Week 16

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NFL Season Preview: #26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Overview: The Bucs were 9-3 and in prime position to make the playoffs at Week 13 of the ‘o8 season. Fumbling down the stretch, Tampa Bay lost their last four games, including an absolute upset to Oakland, to go 9-7 and be eliminated from the playoffs.

Offseason Moves: Tampa Bay, in a surprise move, fired longtime head coach Jon Gruden, and replaced him with Raheem Morris. Sticking with the theme of change, the Bucs let QBs Jeff Garcia and Brian Griese walk, and released WR Joey Galloway, RB Warrick Dunn, and LB Derrick Brooks. In with the new, the Buccaneers drafted QB Josh Freeman in the first round, and traded for TE Kellen Winslow from Cleveland. Of course, Tampa Bay wouldn’t be complete without a quarterback competition, so they signed QB Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown. The Buccaneers also added RB Derrick Ward and LB Angelo Crowell to the mix.

Upcoming Season: The Bucs have made a lot of changes, and a lot will depend on the QB play, and consistency, which is something they had neither of last year. The defense appears to be the strength of this team, but it doesn’t appear that the offense is together yet.

Player to watch: Since I believe that Tampa Bay will not throw QB Josh LeftwichFreeman into the mix right away, look for QB Byron Leftwich to win the job and impress. After being released by the Jaguars, and being the backup for the Steelers, Leftwich showed signs of being him old self. With the starting job in Tampa, and some decent weapons in WR Antonio Bryant and TE Kellen Winslow, Leftwich could have a twenty TD season.

Prediction: 5-11, 4th in NFC South

The Bucs just have too much uncertainty, and are in too tough a division to have a good season. Plus, they play the AFC and NFC East, which easy games are few and far between.