Los Angeles Times
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 07, 2010
Big move: The addition of defensive tackle Jamal Williams is key to their run defense.
Bottom line: Last year, the Broncos missed the playoffs after starting 6-0. The pressure is on Josh McDaniel to turn his players into finishers.
Big moves: Releasing LaDainian Tomlinson was huge. Letting Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jamal Williams go to Denver could haunt the Chargers.
Bottom line: The Chargers still have the upper hand in the division, but that's not enough for a team that is prone to laying eggs in the playoffs.
Big move: The Chiefs bolstered their ground game by adding running back Thomas Jones and guard Ryan Lilja.
Bottom line: Even with their celebrated staff and big-money quarterback, the Chiefs remain a team under construction.
Big move: The most notable departure was middle linebacker Kirk Morrison, who led the team in tackles the past five seasons.
Bottom line: The Raiders should break their streak of seven straight years with 11 or more losses.
Big move: The biggest help to Palmer will be the drafting of first-round tight end Jermaine Gresham.
Bottom line: To get the results they're hoping for, Palmer and those receivers need to come through.
Big move: Jake Delhomme used to be a very good quarterback. Last season he had eight touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Does he have anything left?
Bottom line: The heat is on coach Eric Mangini, who kept his assistants from a team 32nd on offense and 31st on defense.
Big move: Boldin could turn out to be a phenomenal acquisition. The only starter lost is defensive end Dwan Edwards, who signed with Buffalo.
Bottom line: John Harbaugh is in position to do something no other Ravens coach has done: make the playoffs three years in a row.
Big moves: Drafting center/guard Maurkice Pouncey in the opening round was the first step in rebuilding the offensive line.
Bottom line: Steelers have fallen far from the team that won the Super Bowl two years ago. As outstanding a coach as Mike Tomlin is, this season will be a real test.
Big move: In drafting defensive end Jerry Hughes, the Colts hope they've found a player who can rotate with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
Bottom line: As long as Manning stays healthy, the Colts will remain among the NFL's elite teams. Watch that offensive line.
Big moves: Upgrading the defensive line was a priority, so the Jaguars drafted Cal's Tyson Alualu, a Saint Louis School grad, 10th, much higher than most pundits predicted.
Bottom line: Coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback David Garrard are on hot seats. Key will be finishing better than last year's team (1-8 down the stretch).
Big move: Houston had hoped rookie Ben Tate could push Steve Slaton for the No. 1 running back job, but now Tate's out for the season with an ankle injury.
Bottom line: As promising as last season was, the Texans have a long way to go. They were 1-5 in the division and this year face the tough NFC East.
Big move: With play-making linebacker Keith Bulluck gone to the Giants, veteran Will Witherspoon steps into the middle of Tennessee's defense.
Bottom line: The Titans must establish some offensive balance -- i.e., a better passing attack -- and stabilize a defense that has lost a lot of leaders.
Big move: Dwan Edwards, a solid defensive end acquired from Baltimore, should help the Bills transition to the 3-4 and do a better job of stopping the run.
Bottom line: The Bills have missed the playoffs 10 consecutive years. Make it 11.
Big move: Receiver Brandon Marshall, acquired from Denver, should give defenses fits.
Bottom line: If the Dolphins can get a defensive boost from coordinator Mike Nolan, and Marshall pans out, they will be a dangerous team to overlook.
Big moves: A bunch of big-name players have come on board: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes. But the Jets lost standout guard Alan Faneca, and that can really hurt.
Bottom line: Expectations can't get much higher for Rex Ryan's Jets. But they are a great team. Just ask 'em.
Big move: The team said farewell to linebacker Adalius Thomas, who never reached his potential after the Patriots paid him more than any free agent in team history.
Bottom line: The Patriots still have some key pieces but they also have big deficiencies. Could be a long year.