Mac's NFL Blog - 9/9/07

The 2007 NFL season may have kicked off on Thursday night, but the real season opens today. Here's a sampling of NFL links to drink your coffee to.

Philly.com previews the 2007 Philadelphia Eagles season.

Eagles TE LJ Smith was downgraded to questionable after Saturday's walk-through.

According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles offense is ready to explode.

Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre reveals his thought process when directing the offense.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has 5 things to watch in today's Packers-Eagles game.

Steve Wyche of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has 5 keys for the Atlanta Falcons.

QB Casey Bramlet has been signed from the practice squad to the Falcons' active roster.

The heat is on a quintet of Minnesota Vikings.

Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune writes that Vikings owner Zygi Wilf hasn't lived up to the expectations.

Washington Redskins undrafted DE Chris Wilson survived the mean streets of Flint, Michigan and the Canadian Football League in his path to the NFL.

The Washington Post has a PDF file containing an article about Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor and Redskins QB Jason Campbell's take on the Dolphins.

Today is Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron's chance to prove himself.

The New England Patriots are going to miss DE Richard Seymour.

Christopher Gaspar of the Boston Globe writes that season openers are the most difficult games to prepare for.

New York Jets QB Chad Pennington and LB Jonathan Vilma are the keys to the Jets 2007 season.

Jets safety Kerry Rhodes is dreaming of Honolulu.

Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young is seeking redemption against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (And to show Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union where the beef is.)

Buffalo Bills QB JP Losman knows he's a work in progress heading into his second season as a starting quarterback.

The Denver Broncos hope their latest extreme makeover breeds success.

Denver Post columnist Woody Paige thinks Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos are going to go 13-3. (Don't worry, Woody. Someday we'll find a cure for brain damage.)

There's no doubt that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is the boss.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is still trying to figure out why the Steelers acquired KR Allen Rossum.

The Cleveland Browns feel good about their chances to beat Pittsburgh.

The Browns signed punter Paul Ernster to replace the injured Dave Zastudil.

Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer has five things that need to happen for the Carolina Panthers to make the playoffs.

The St. Louis Rams have 9 captains, but none will have a "C" stitched onto their jerseys.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has five things to watch in today's Panthers-Rams game.

Minutes into last March's free agency period, the Kansas City Chiefs showed how much they wanted offensive tackle Damien McIntosh.

Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards expects a low-scoring game.

The Texans feel they've waited for a winning season long enough.

Defensive end Patrick Kerney and safeties Deon Grant and Brian Russell make their Seattle Seahawks debut today at Qwest Field.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jeff Garcia can't believe how many towels and linens he's bought over the last five years.

The Chicago Bears will try to match what the Seattle Seahawks did a year ago and make the playoffs after losing the Super Bowl.

To win the Super Bowl, the Bears will need a consistent season from QB Rex Grossman.

After a summer of inactivity, it's time for San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson to go back to work.

The more I read about Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, the more I hope he succeeds.

Oakland Raiders DT Warren Sapp calls Rod Marinelli the architect of his career.

The Raiders and the agents for QB JaMarcus Russell are working out a way for the #1 pick to get $31M in guaranteed money. (Believe me, I know how difficult that can be.)

New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs is eager to take over the starting running back job.

The 2007 Giants are a more tight-knit group than in years past.

Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram believes that the Dallas Cowboys are good enough to be a Super Bowl contended even with a few injuries; Jim Reeves, Engel's counterpart, isn't as confident.

This isn't the same Tony Romo the Giants saw in Big D last October.

Baltimore Ravens LT Johnathan Ogden practiced all week and could play in Monday's night opener against Cincinnati.

Marvin Lewis isn't just the Cincinnati Bengals head coach, he's their maestro.

The talented wide receiving corps of the Arizona Cardinals will be the first of many tests for San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements.


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