The 20 biggest NFL questions

Will the New Orleans Saints have a Super Bowl hangover?   (REUTERS/Hans Deryk)

Will the New Orleans Saints have a Super Bowl hangover? (REUTERS/Hans Deryk)

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, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

The NFL season is here. Just wondering ...

1. Is Jay Cutler simply over-rated or is there a curse associated with being a Bears quarterback? Mike Martz, the guru of the Greatest Show on Turf when he was boss man of the St. Louis Rams, has been brought in as offensive co-ordinator and if anyone can get Cutler going, it's Martz. Or is Martz over-rated?

2. Speaking of the Bears, are the days of linebacker Brian Urlacher being a force and an intimidating presence on the field finally over? Urlacher is back after missing all but the first half of the first game in 2009 thanks to a troublesome wrist injury.

3. Will Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan move into the elite class in his third season in the league? Ryan and the hungry Falcons suffered setbacks in an up-and-down 2009 season and a lot is riding on Ryan's talented right arm in 2010. If the Saints stumble in 2010, the Falcons and Ryan could fly on by.

4. With Kurt Warner retired and the Cardinals having a quarterback turmoil the opportunity is there for the San Francisco 49ers to take over the division. The question is, do the 49ers have the chops? The 49ers defence is first rate so all they need is a steady year out of QB Alex Smith to walk into the playoffs.

5. The Cincinnati Bengals have become the Last Chance Saloon for a number of NFL Bad Boys but you have to wonder if the soup is too toxic to bring about a deep playoff run? Now they've added that great team player Terrell Owens to the mix on top of Pacman Jones.

6. Can the lowly Lions win a game on the road? Detroit was skunked in 2008 and last year went 2-14 with both wins at home. Their last road win was against Chicago, Oct. 28 of 2007. Circle Nov. 14 on your calendar folks, that's when the Lions meet the Bills in Buffalo. Their next best shot is Dec. 19 at Tampa Bay.

7. Will the Saints make it back to the Super Bowl or will they be the most recent example of a Super Bowl hangover that has bushwhacked a number of teams? Forget the Super Bowl, five of the previous winners 11 winners didn't even make it into the playoffs the next year.

8. Which team will have the Donovan McNabb trade blow up in its face -- Washington or Philadelphia. How about both?

9. Will the Houston Texans make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history? Better yet, can they beat the Colts for just the second time in history? Indianapolis has a 15-1 edge after the opening eight seasons.

10. Will QB Tim Tebow get a start in Denver? Tebow with his Heisman Trophy and his wonky throwing mechanics was a surprise first-round pick of the Broncos in the draft. All he has is Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn standing in the way.

11. Will this be the final season for Ben Roethlisberger in a Steelers uniform? The tide is turning against Big Ben due to his off-season mishaps and if the Steelers miss the playoffs a second consecutive season, fan wrath may drive Roethlisberger out the door.

12. Are you sick and tired of all the B.S. surrounding Brett Favre or is it just me? By coming back for another kick at the can has Favre rolled the dice once too often? Here's hoping he does a face plant.

13. We know Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a genius, just ask him. But even with Tom Brady and a healthy Wes Welker can the Patriots bounce back and be a Super Bowl contender or are they fading from the limelight?

14. Are you bored with the Indianapolis Colts and all-world QB Peyton Manning? For all their regular season dominance the Colts just don't seem to have the juice and are one of the least interesting teams in the league.

15. Can anyone stop the Baltimore Ravens from marching into the Super Bowl? Don't suggest the Colts because they always come up short and in the Jets you have a young and inexperienced QB trying to carry a heavy load. Mark Sanchez is no Joe Namath.

16. Is there any more joy in all of sport than seeing Jerry Jones continually losing in the playoffs? For that fact, make it all you Cowboys fans. This season will be especially delicious as the Cowboys are looking to become the first team in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Get ready for another sideline shot of a befuddled looking Wade Phillips in a playoff loss.

17. Jack Delhomme will open the season as Cleveland's starting quarterback. The question is, just how many games before Colt McCoy gets a shot?

18. Which AFC power will be a bigger dud in the post-season -- San Diego or Indianapolis? It would be fitting if the perennial underachievers hooked up.

19. Is third time a charm for former USC head coach Pete Carroll now that he's in charge in Seattle? Carroll flamed out in spectacular fashion with both the Jets and the Patriots prior to his USC gig. Now he's back.

20. Are you ready for some football?


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