Team previews

State of the league

The games, the competition, the remarkably gifted playmakers, the one-of-a-kind finishes help drive it. For the 12th consecutive year, five teams made the playoffs after missing out the year before. A year ago, the Giants embodied that hope each team brings into the 2008 season. More ...

Making the leap: Browns

After an impressive 10-6 season in 2007 fueled by an exciting offense, the Browns added more talent this offseason and look to be a part of the 2008 playoff picture.   More ...

Making the leap: Cardinals

Hope is high again in the desert, as coach Ken Whisenhunt looks to Kurt Warner to lead the Cardinals to their first playoff appearance in nine years.   More ...

Making the leap: Vikings

Following a strong showing last year led by the electric Adrian Peterson, do the Vikings have what it takes to take the next step this season?   More ...

2008 preview: Defense wins championships

A Giant reminder

» George: Best offense is a good defense
» Kirwan: NFL playing follow the leader
» Carucci: Teams strive to rebuild defenses

Defensive masterminds

» Borges: Turned up heat on NFL offenses
» Kirwan: The next generation of coaches
» Kirwan: What makes masterminds great

Hybrid engines

» Carucci: Hybrid defensive players all the rage
» Kirwan: More teams using a hybrid defense

Interior designers

» Thomas: Top defenses feature mighty men in middle
» Carucci: Most important position on defense
» Kirwan: Ranking game's top defensive tackles

Remote control

» Carucci: Defenses adjusting to new technology

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