Let’s get this party started (Part 2)

By Gary Norris Gray, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 4, 2010

CALIFORNIA (BASN) — The 2010 NFL season begins this weekend with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

If you are in the Canton area, you can spend a warm Sunday evening watching. There are still a few more moves that were made before Week One.

Yesterday, we looked at the AFC. Today, we’ll preview the NFC.

NFC East: This is the best and toughest division in football from top to bottom. The Dallas Cowboys will have to play better within their division and Tony Romo must prove that he is a playoff quarterback. Dallas should win the NFC East because they are the better team on paper at the beginning of the season.

The trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to Washington may have set the Philadelphia Eagles back. Injuries have already started hitting the Birds in camp. Eagles fans are waiting for DeSean Jackson to get off of the injured reserved list. Untested quarterback Kevin Kolb will start behind center, while veteran Michael Vick should be starting. Maybe after three straight Eagle losses, Vick will finally get his chance behind center.

The Washington Football Club loves the majestic Native American Indian head logo. They should change the name, but that another issue for another time. Ex-Eagle Donovan McNabb improves D.C.‘s offence, but they still need defensive help. New head coach Michael Shanahan wants to put his stamp on this team by not allowing their best defensive player — Albert Haynesworth — on the practice field because he did pass a football field test. This will not win over too many veterans.

The New York Giants could end up in last place this year. Eli Manning still lacks the quality receiver needed to catch his high throws. The New York defense has gotten a year older & slower. This team could be the best last place team in the league, and could easily finish atop this division with other teams injuries and tough divisional loses.

NFC North: The Minnesota Vikings are in good shape with either quarterback Tavaris Jackson or Brett Favre. If or when No. 4 comes back, they are the best team in this division. Favre will play musical chairs with this organization. It is at the point nobody cares, just shut up and play or leave.

The Green Bay Packers are the franchise everybody will be watching with former Cal standout quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Golden Bear wants to move No. 4 out of Packer fans memories. The Pack could win this division even if Favre returns to Minnesota. Green Bay has have something to prove to the Vikings and the NFL.

The Chicago Bears were the biggest disappointment last year and will look to improve. They should do better than last year’s 7-9 record. This could be head coach Lovie Smith’s swan song in the Midwest if Chicago misses the playoffs. Which Jay Cutler will America see this year? His performance could either save or lose Smith’s job. A healthy Brian Urlacker should help the Bear defense this year.

The Detroit Lions figure to show some big improvements from a year ago. They’ve finally signed No. 1 pick Ndamukong Suh from Oklahoma. Quarterback Matthew Stafford will improve this year but it still won’t be enough to get them out of the basement of the North Division.

NFC South: Despite the fact that there hasn’t been a repeat winner in this division since 2002, the star-studded New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees and Reggie Bush should repeat in 2010. They may get a chance to defend their Super Bowl title if they can get by either the Cowboys or Vikings in the NFC Playoffs.

The Atlanta Falcons with quarterback Matt Ryan and tight end Tony Gonzalez might make a strong push for division crown with their high octane offense entering the postseason in 2010. Dan Klecko and Thomas Johnson should anchor the Falcon defense. The fans in Hot-lanta could be doing the Dirty Bird again.

The Carolina Panthers are a mess and could finish third, trying to jam quarterback Jimmy Clauson down Panther fans throat. He’s still is a work in progress and the Panthers need to take their time. Many fans in Charlotte are happy Jake Delhomme was released retired. Everybody is waiting for wide receiver Steve Smith to return to Carolina lineup.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to improve with second year head coach, Raheem Morris but will likely finish at the bottom of the division again. Star defensemen Ronde Barber has come full circle with this team from doormat to champion back to doormat.

NFC West: This is still the weakest division in football with the retirement of aging quarterback Kurt Warner from the Arizona Cardinals. Heisman Trophy Matt Leinart will take Warner’s place. The Cards will fall from the playoff picture this year.

The early edge could go to Mike Singletary’s San Francisco 49ers. His decision to go with quarterback Alex Smith should help in stabilizing the club. Now if they could just stop the opposing offenses; this could be the first 49er title since the Steve Young years by the Bay.

The Seattle Seahawks with those terrible aqua-lime green jerseys will not help them this year. Matt Hasselback is still questionable at the quarterback position with this northwest team. Julius Jones will pound the ball on the ground and T.J. Houshmandzadah will fly through the air catching Matt’s passes. A third place year for this team.

The St. Louis Rams will tread water with their No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford. St. Louis will not be a threat this season. Veteran QB A.J. Feeley will babysit the position behind center until Bradford gets his legs. The Rams are very young on defense. Their lone veteran leadership comes from lineman Fred Robbins and James Hall.