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Season previews: Team-by-team breakdown

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With the new season nigh, Around The NFL previews the 2014 outlook for all 32 teams. How will each team fare? Check back often to see the latest for every program.

Falcons: Shortcomings on D

With Tony Gonzalez gone, the stars are aligned for Atlanta's Julio Jones to have a huge year. Will a new emphasis on tougher line play help the Falcons bounce back from an embarrassing 2013? Read


Panthers: Can Cam carry team?

Offseason ankle surgery and a preseason rib fracture have slowed Cam Newton, but the Panthers will depend on their star QB more than ever if they're to repeat as division champs in the South. Read


Saints: Division title hope

The Saints added sensational rookie receiver Brandin Cooks to an already scary offense. Will Rob Ryan's defense provide enough help to return New Orleans to a division crown in the South? Read


Buccaneers: Horror show on O-line

The Buccaneers drafted receiver Mike Evans (13) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to team with Vincent Jackson (83). All three are 6-foot-5. Will it pay off with a playoff berth in Tampa? Read


Bears: Secondary concern

Chicago boasts a high-octane offense led by coach Marc Trestman. But are their defensive backs, led by aging veterans Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, a legitimate worry that will trap the Bears in 2014? Read


Lions: Will defense hinder Detroit?

With weapons like Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Golden Tate in the lineup, the Lions boast arguably the deepest offense in the NFL. But could Detroit's Achilles' heel be lurking elsewhere? Read


Packers: Greatest show on tundra?

With quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy, the Green Bay Packers look like a scoring juggernaut. Will their fast-paced offense get them back to their second Super Bowl this decade? Read


Vikings: Too much on All Day

With a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, the Vikings will lean heavily on Adrian Peterson. But can new boss Mike Zimmer coach up a struggling secondary and inconsistent offensive line in Minnesota? Read


Niners: Falling behind Seahawks?

The San Francisco 49ers still boast productive starters in Patrick Willis and Frank Gore. But are they deep enough to keep up with the division-rival Seattle Seahawks on both sides of the ball? Read


Seahawks: A dynasty is born

With no major concerns to speak of, the Seattle Seahawks look poised for another Super Bowl run. Will any team be able to exploit a weak spot -- let alone dethrone Russell Wilson and company? Read


Cardinals: Defensive blues

Arizona's Carson Palmer must be happy with the weapons he has. But are Andre Ellington and John Brown, along with veteran Larry Fitzgerald, enough to unseat the Seahawks as best in the West? Read


Rams: Quarterback crisis

Sam Bradford is perhaps the league's biggest mystery -- and he'll remain so as he sits out the 2014 season with an ACL tear. Will the St. Louis Rams be able to recoup the loss? Read


Redskins: A revitalized RGIII?

After Robert Griffin III's rookie season, the quarterback was given overwhelming expectations. After a flat second season. will the passer be rejuvenated by new offensive weapons and leadership? Read


Giants: Can Eli adjust to new O?

After a decade of running a Kevin Gilbride offense, can New York Giants quarterback grasp Ben McAdoo's new system in time to turn around the team from last year? Is coach Tom Coughlin on the hot seat? Read


Cowboys: Romo not enough

Will the Dallas Cowboys' offseason moves be enough to send Tony Romo and company to the postseason? Don't count on it. Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the Cowboys' 2014 prospects. Read


Eagles: Chip Kelly bets on himself

With DeSean Jackson gone, can quarterback Nick Foles have the kind of season that keeps Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly looking like an offensive guru? Gregg Rosenthal examines that and more. Read


Titans: Not a lock to improve

Ken Whisenhunt once turned around a hapless franchise in Arizona. He's saddled with the same task as new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Is quarterback Jake Locker the key to the team's success? Read


Jaguars: Bortles gives hope

Blake Bortles has been all the rage in the preseason. While management insists on starting Chad Henne now, the rookie is the center of a hopeful future for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Read


Texans: Only one way to go and that's up

Houston's J.J. Watt put together two straight monstrous seasons. Adding No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney should strike fear in opposing coaches' souls, but is it enough to make the Texans much better? Read


Colts: Time to get Luck-y

Andrew Luck is already a stud at quarterback. But the banged-up Indianapolis Colts offensive line may struggle to keep him clean throughout the season. What else is in store for the Colts' 2014 campaign? Read


Ravens: Back to playoffs

In 2013, the Ravens became the latest team to miss the playoffs following a Super Bowl win. Will the addition of play-caller Gary Kubiak and wideout Steve Smith help Joe Flacco be more effective? Read


Bengals: Andy Dalton's burden

The Cincinnati Bengals' new offense should be more run-oriented in 2014. But with a new contract freshly signed, quarterback Andy Dalton will feel more pressure than ever to lead his team. Read


Browns: Brian Hoyer first up

The Browns have picked their man to start Week 1 under center: Brian Hoyer. Marc Sessler explores Cleveland's sticky QB situation and what else can you expect from the Browns in 2014. Read


Steelers: Division favorites

After struggling to an 8-8 finish in 2013, Pittsburgh has retooled its roster and appears primed for success in 2014. Check out where we see the rejuvenated Steelers finishing this season. Read


Broncos: Super Bowl-bound

The Broncos made it to last year's Super Bowl despite an average defense. Can new additions DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib, as well as a healthy Von Miller lead Denver to a Lombardi Trophy? Read


Chiefs: Headed for market correction

The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the NFL's surprise stories in 2013, going from a 2-14 squad to a playoff team in one season. Will the Chiefs build on their success or revert back to old form in 2014? Read


Raiders: Allen faces unrealistic expectations

The Raiders went through their yearly overhaul in the offseason, adding a number of veteran pieces to try to get Oakland its first winning record since 2002. Does Dennis Allen have the right pieces? Read


Chargers: Back to the playoffs?

For the San Diego Chargers, the 2014 season heralds more responsibility for Philip Rivers under new play-caller Frank Reich. But will the defense improve enough to make it worthwhile?Read


Bills: Heading in wrong direction

Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins already looks like a solid candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. The only thing holding him back? His quarterback, EJ Manuel. Read


Dolphins: Stuck in the middle

With the arrival of Bill Lazor, the Miami Dolphins' offense should be of the high-octane variety, potentially starring rookie receiver Jarvis Landry. Can Ryan Tannehill reach the playoffs? Read


Patriots: Return to Super Bowl?

The Patriots were one Peyton Manning drive from a Super Bowl appearance in 2013. New England took advantage of free agency and looks poised to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy. Read


Jets: Can offense improve?

The New York Jets suffered through a dismal offensive season last year and have retooled with Eric Decker and Chris Johnson. What are the other keys to the Jets' 2014 season? Read

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