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On 08/30/2011 07:13 PM in NFL

NFL Season Preview

NFL Season Preview: Minnesota Vikings


2010 Statistics:
SU Record: 6-10
ATS Record: 5-11
Over/Under: 7-9
Points Scored: 17.6 PPG (29th in NFL)
Points Allowed: 21.8 PPG (18th in NFL)
2011 Odds:
Odds to Win NFC North: 6/1
Odds to Win NFC Championship: 20/1
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVI: 40/1
Regular Season Wins Over/Under: 7

2011 Preview:
The post-Favre Vikings will have a much different look in 2011. Leslie Frazier was kept on as the head coach after going 3-3 as an interim coach last year. He’s brought in a new offensive coordinator in Bill Musgrave, who plans on going with a heavily run-based offense this year. All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson is the favorite to lead the NFL in carries. Musgrave’s passing game will be rooted in the West Coast offense, which newcomer Donovan McNabb won’t have much problem adjusting to. Playmaking WR Sidney Rice is gone, and former Atlanta WR Michael Jenkins is a notch below Rice’s talent level. However, McNabb has strong pass-catching tight ends at his disposal in Visanthe Shiancoe and rookie Kyle Rudolph.

Frazier had been Minnesota’s defensive coordinator, so the defense will continue to be a Cover-2 base. They might have a couple of holes to fill on the defensive line, as DE Ray Edwards left for Atlanta and DT Kevin Williams has been hampered by a foot injury in the preseason. This D-line will no longer be elite against the run as it has been in recent years. Chad Greenway anchors a solid linebacking corps, but the secondary will be tested more with the depleted front four.

Key Offseason Moves
QB Donovan McNabb (from Redskins)
WR Michael Jenkins (from Falcons)
WR Devin Aromashodu (from Bears)
T Charlie Johnson (from Colts)
G Scott Kooistra
DT Remi Ayodele (from Saints)

QB Tarvaris Jackson (Seahawks)
WR Sidney Rice (Seahawks)
WR Freddie Brown (released)
T Bryant McKinnie (released)
DE Ray Edwards (Falcons)
DT Jimmy Kennedy (released)
CB Frank Walker (Titans)
FS Madieu Williams (49ers)

2011 Schedule:
2011 Schedule Strength: 20.81 (11th toughest in NFL)
Week 1 - at San Diego
Week 2 - Tampa Bay
Week 3 - Detroit
Week 4 - at Kansas City
Week 5 - Arizona
Week 6 - at Chicago
Week 7 - Green Bay
Week 8 - at Carolina
Week 9 - BYE WEEK
Week 10 - at Green Bay
Week 11 - Oakland
Week 12 - at Atlanta
Week 13 - Denver
Week 14 - at Detroit
Week 15 - New Orleans
Week 16 - at Washington
Week 17 - Chicago

StatFox Take: This schedule is harder than most, but Minnesota catches a bit of break with 10 opponents that finished in the bottom-11 in rushing offense last year (Cardinals, Redskins, Saints, Broncos, Packers twice, Lions twice and Bears twice). On the flip side, five opponents (San Diego, New Orleans, Green Bay twice and Denver) were among the top-7 NFL passing offenses in 2010. Donovan McNabb is not the QB he used to be and he just doesn’t have the weapons to improve this team by two wins in 2011.
Prediction: UNDER 7 (+125)

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08/30/2011 07:16 PM

NFL Season Preview: Green Bay Packers
By: Steve Bennett - StatFox
Published: 8/30/2011 at 5:16:00 AM



2010 Statistics:
SU Record: 14-6
ATS Record: 13-7
Over/Under: 8-12
Points Scored: 24.3 PPG (10th in NFL)
Points Allowed: 15.0 PPG (2nd in NFL)
2011 Odds:
Odds to Win NFC North: 4/11
Odds to Win NFC Championship: 13/5
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVI: 6/1
Regular Season Wins Over/Under: 11.5

2011 Preview:
The Super Bowl champs hit their stride in last year’s playoffs, thanks to QB Aaron Rodgers’ ascension to the elite class of quarterbacks. It’s a passing game with West Coast principles, but they have the ability to stretch the field. Behind Rodgers and the passing game, Green Bay has the ability to score a ton of points even without a running game. Of course, with Ryan Grant coming back and James Starks emerging as a solid option during last year’s postseason, the Packers might have another dimension on offense. They also have All-Pro caliber TE Jermichael Finley returning to the lineup.

Their 3-4 front is a little soft against the run, but elite against the pass, even though OLB Clay Matthews is their only great pass-rushing threat. And even with CB Charles Woodson starting to show his age, their physical secondary is still one of the best because of the emergence of CBs Tramon Williams and Sam Shields.

Key Offseason Moves

RB Brandon Jackson (Browns)
TE Donald Lee (Eagles)
G Jason Spitz (Jaguars)
G Daryn Colledge (Cardinals)
T Mark Tauscher (released)
DE Cullen Jenkins (Eagles)
DE Justin Harrell (released)
LB Nick Barnett (Bills)
LB Brady Poppinga (Rams)
LB Brandon Chillar (released)
S Atari Bigby (Seahawks)
S Anthony Smith (Titans)
S Derrick Martin (Giants)

2011 Schedule:
2011 Schedule Strength: 18.81 (23rd toughest in NFL)
Week 1 - New Orleans
Week 2 - at Carolina
Week 3 - at Chicago
Week 4 - Denver
Week 5 - at Atlanta
Week 6 - St. Louis
Week 7 - at Minnesota
Week 8 - BYE WEEK
Week 9 - at San Diego
Week 10 - Minnesota
Week 11 - Tampa Bay
Week 12 - at Detroit
Week 13 - at New York Giants
Week 14 - Oakland
Week 15 - at Kansas City
Week 16 - Chicago
Week 17 - Detroit

StatFox Take: This is a rather easy slate for the defending champions. The Packers have a stretch of eight straight games (Week 6 to Week 14) without facing a playoff team from last year. They also benefit from four home games late in the season against clubs that aren’t used to playing in cold weather (Vikings, Buccaneers, Raiders and Lions). With all three NFC North foes not expected to win more than eight games this year, everything lays out perfectly for Green Bay to tally at least a dozen victories in 2011.
Prediction: OVER 11.5 (+110)

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09/01/2011 07:11 PM

NFL Season Preview: New Orleans Saints


2010 Statistics:
SU Record: 11-6
ATS Record: 7-10
Over/Under: 9-8
Points Scored: 24.0 PPG (11th in NFL)
Points Allowed: 19.2 PPG (7th in NFL)
2011 Odds:
Odds to Win NFC South: 11/10
Odds to Win NFC Championship: 6/1
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVI: 12/1
Regular Season Wins Over/Under: 10

2011 Preview:
The Saints were shaky on both sides of the ball a year ago, but they were aggressive in upgrading on draft day. Pierre Thomas, who was signed to a significant contract extension in March, is the most comfortable in their offense, but hasn’t been able to stay healthy, which is why New Orleans traded for a second first-round pick to take Mark Ingram. Darren Sproles takes the place of Reggie Bush for the third-down back role. The Saints use a series of different blocking systems up front, and can tailor them to their backs. The passing game should keep clicking with Drew Brees, though they may not be elite any more with No. 1 WR Marques Colston slowed by another knee injury.

The defense struggled to create much of a pass rush last year, and added DE Cameron Jordan with their original first-round pick; he’s less of an edge rusher but can slide inside. He’ll fit well in Gregg Williams’ blitz-happy scheme. New Orleans also picked up DT Shaun Rogers to help stop the run. Their secondary is elite when S Malcolm Jenkins is healthy, and free agents CB Fabian Washington and S Paul Oliver add some depth to the pass defense.

Key Offseason Moves
RB Darren Sproles (from Chargers)
RB Patrick Cobbs (from Dolphins)
C Olin Kreutz (from Bears)
DE Turk McBride (from Lions)
DT Shaun Rogers (from Browns)
NT Aubrayo Franklin (from 49ers)
T Alex Barron (from Cowboys, placed on IR Aug. 18)
T Jordan Black (from Jaguars)
T George Foster
LB Will Herring (from Seahawks)
CB Fabian Washington (from Ravens)
CB Trumaine McBride (from Cardinals)
S Paul Oliver (from Chargers)

RB Reggie Bush (Dolphins)
TE Jeremy Shockey (Panthers)
C Jonathan Goodwin (49ers)
T Jon Stinchcomb (Released)
DE Jimmy Wilkerson (Seahawks)
DT Anthony Hargrove (Eagles)
DT Remi Ayodele (Vikings)
LB Danny Clark (Released)
LB Marvin Mitchell (Dolphins)
CB Randall Gay (Released)
S Matt Giordano (Raiders)
S Usama Young (Browns)

2011 Schedule:
2011 Schedule Strength: 19.25 (20th toughest in NFL)
Week 1 - at Green Bay
Week 2 - Chicago
Week 3 - Houston
Week 4 - at Jacksonville
Week 5 - at Carolina
Week 6 - at Tampa Bay
Week 7 - Indianapolis
Week 8 - at St. Louis
Week 9 - Tampa Bay
Week 10 - at Atlanta
Week 11 - BYE WEEK
Week 12 - New York Giants
Week 13 - Detroit
Week 14 - at Tennessee
Week 15 - at Minnesota
Week 16 - Atlanta
Week 17 - Carolina

StatFox Take: The Saints’ pass-happy attack should thrive in ideal playing conditions. This dome-heavy schedule only has one outdoor game for New Orleans after Week 6, which occurs Dec. 11 at Tennessee. With only five fellow playoff opponents on the entire schedule (Falcons twice, Packers, Bears and Colts), the Saints will likely reach 11 wins like they did last season.
Prediction: OVER 10 (-145)

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09/01/2011 07:13 PM

NFL Season Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers


2010 Statistics:
SU Record: 10-6
ATS Record: 9-5-2
Over/Under: 7-8-1
Points Scored: 21.3 PPG (20th in NFL)
Points Allowed: 19.9 PPG (9th in NFL)
2011 Odds:
Odds to Win NFC South: 9/2
Odds to Win NFC Championship: 15/1
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVI: 30/1
Regular Season Wins Over/Under: 8

2011 Preview:
The Bucs gutted out 10 wins thanks to the quick maturation of QB Josh Freeman, who has become one of the top-10 or so quarterbacks in the NFL. He and the young Tampa receivers (Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn are both entering their second seasons) should only get better. The passing game is complemented by a power running game, with RB LeGarrette Blount wearing down defenses between the tackles. Blount does have to sit on passing downs.

Defensively, the Bucs still run a Cover-2 base with a smallish front four. They struggled to stop the run all year, especially after DT Gerald McCoy got hurt. Tampa also failed to generate a consistent pass rush, and spent its first two draft picks on DEs this April (Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers). The secondary was the strength of the defense, especially at cornerback. But they are relying on an aging Ronde Barber on one side, and the off-the-field troubles of Aqib Talib (an arrest for his alleged involvement in a shooting) has made him a question mark entering the season. The Bucs also said goodbye to their leading tackler last year, as LB Barrett Ruud signed with Tennessee in the offseason.

Key Offseason Moves
DT John McCargo (from Bills)
CB Ashton Youboty (from Bills)

RB Cadillac Williams (Rams)
WR Maurice Stovall (Lions)
TE John Gilmore (Steelers)
LB Barrett Ruud (Titans)
LB Niko Koutouvides (Patriots)
LB Jon Alston (released)

2011 Schedule:
2011 Schedule Strength: 20.25 (15th toughest in NFL)
Week 1 - Detroit
Week 2 - at Minnesota
Week 3 - Atlanta
Week 4 - Indianapolis
Week 5 - at San Francisco
Week 6 - New Orleans
Week 7 - vs. Chicago (in London)
Week 8 - BYE WEEK
Week 9 - at New Orleans
Week 10 - Houston
Week 11 - at Green Bay
Week 12 - at Tennessee
Week 13 - Carolina
Week 14 - at Jacksonville
Week 15 - Dallas
Week 16 - at Carolina
Week 17 - at Atlanta

StatFox Take: The Buccaneers will need to start strong because they only play in their home stadium three times in their final 10 games of the season. The bottom-heavy schedule is more favorable for a team like Tampa with a young offense that should keep improving throughout the year. The Bucs have won at least nine games in four of the past six seasons, and they should do it again in 2011, while possibly even contend for a division title.
Prediction: OVER 8 (-105)

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09/02/2011 07:30 PM

NFL Season Preview: Arizona Cardinals


2010 Statistics:
SU Record: 5-11
ATS Record: 5-11
Over/Under: 10-6
Points Scored: 18.1 PPG (26th in NFL)
Points Allowed: 27.1 PPG (30th in NFL)
2011 Odds:
Odds to Win NFC West: 2/1
Odds to Win NFC Championship: 30/1
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVI: 50/1
Regular Season Wins Over/Under: 7

2011 Preview:
The Cards are still reeling in the post-Kurt Warner Era. Former Eagles QB Kevin Kolb is an upgrade from the revolving door last year, but he is still unproven as a long-term starter. They signed superstar WR Larry Fitzgerald to huge money, but there are no other skill players that are major talents. WR Chansi Stuckey will fill the void left by Steve Breaston. Fumble-prone RB Tim Hightower is also gone, and second-round draft pick Ryan Williams is out for the season with a torn patellar tendon. Beanie Wells remains the starter, but he has been largely injured and ineffective for his career. The Cards would like to get their power running game going, but the interior of their offensive line has been underwhelming.

Defensively, the Cards use a 3-4 front but still lack a perimeter pass rusher in their linebacking corps. OLB Joey Porter has 97 career sacks, but only tallied five last season. What little pass rush they get usually comes on the interior. CB Patrick Peterson, the Draft’s No. 5 pick, should upgrade a secondary that struggled badly last season. Peterson will fill the shoes of the departed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Key Offseason Moves
QB Kevin Kolb (from Eagles)
WR Chansi Stuckey (from Browns)
TE Todd Heap (from Ravens)
TE Jeff King (from Panthers)
G Daryn Colledge (from Packers)
T Floyd Womack (from Browns)
DE Vonnie Holliday (from Redskins)
DE Nick Eason (from Steelers)
LB Stewart Bradley (from Eagles)
CB Richard Marshall (from Panthers)

QB Derek Anderson (Panthers)
RB Tim Hightower (Redskins)
WR Steve Breaston (Chiefs)
TE Ben Patrick (retired)
G Alan Faneca (retired)
DT Gabe Watson (Giants)
DT Alan Branch (Seahawks)
LB Gerald Hayes (released)
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Eagles)
CB Trumaine McBride (Saints)

2011 Schedule:
2011 Schedule Strength: 16.31 (31st toughest in NFL)
Week 1 - Carolina
Week 2 - at Washington
Week 3 - at Seattle
Week 4 - New York Giants
Week 5 - at Minnesota
Week 6 - BYE WEEK
Week 7 - Pittsburgh
Week 8 - at Baltimore
Week 9 - St. Louis
Week 10 - at Philadelphia
Week 11 - at San Francisco
Week 12 - at St. Louis
Week 13 - Dallas
Week 14 - San Francisco
Week 15 - Cleveland
Week 16 - at Cincinnati
Week 17 - Seattle

StatFox Take: Only the 49ers have an easier schedule than Arizona does this year. The Cardinals only face four teams that posted a winning record in 2010 (Giants, Steelers, Ravens and Eagles), and none of these teams show up in the final seven weeks of the season. This bodes well for a team with a new quarterback, as Arizona should improve greatly throughout the year. The Cardinals had three straight seasons of .500 or better records before last year, and they should finish with at least eight wins in 2011.
Prediction: OVER 7 (Even)

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09/02/2011 07:34 PM

NFL Season Preview: San Francisco 49ers


2010 Statistics:
SU Record: 6-10
ATS Record: 7-9
Over/Under: 9-6-1
Points Scored: 19.1 PPG (24th in NFL)
Points Allowed: 21.6 PPG (16th in NFL)
2011 Odds:
Odds to Win NFC West: 3/2
Odds to Win NFC Championship: 25/1
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVI: 50/1
Regular Season Wins Over/Under: 7.5

2011 Preview:
The Niners went local with their head coaching search, bringing former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh over from Stanford University. Harbaugh will bring the same offense he ran with the Cardinal: a West Coast offense built around the power running game (and an emphasis on the running game will be a necessity with the Niners’ shaky quarterback Alex Smith. Free agent WR Braylon Edwards gives Smith a huge target to throw to, and talented WR Michael Crabtree (out indefinitely with a foot injury), figures to play a more prominent role in the offense when healthy. TE Vernon Davis continues to be one of the best at his position offensively. San Francisco has the necessary size on the offensive line, and a bell cow running back in Frank Gore.

Harbaugh brought defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with him and they’ll retain the 3-4 scheme the 49ers used under Mike Singletary. They drafted Aldon Smith seventh overall to try and generate an outside pass rush. Smith is making the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker, so he’ll have to learn to play in space before he can see significant playing time. They have a good defensive line led by the NFL’s best 3-4 lineman, DE Justin Smith, who creates pressure and plays the run well. And the team will continue to funnel opposing ball carriers to All-Pro ILB Patrick Willis. The secondary was their biggest weakness last year, but free agents CB Carlos Rogers and hard-hitting SS Donte Whitner should make for a more respectable pass defense this year.

Key Offseason Moves
QB Josh McCown
WR Braylon Edwards (from Jets)
C Jonathan Goodwin (from Saints)
LB Antwan Applewhite (from Chargers)
LB Blake Costanzo (from Browns)
CB Carlos Rogers (from Redskins)
SS Donte Whitner (from Bills)
FS Madieu Williams (from Vikings)
PK David Akers (from Eagles)

QB David Carr (Giants)
C Eric Heitmann (released)
C/G David Baas (Giants)
NT Aubrayo Franklin (Saints)
LB Takeo Spikes (Chargers)
LB Travis LaBoy (Chargers)
LB Manny Lawson (Bengals)
CB Nate Clements (Bengals)
PK Joe Nedney (released)
PK Jeff Reed (Seahawks)

2011 Schedule:
2011 Schedule Strength: 16.00 (Easiest in NFL)
Week 1 - Seattle
Week 2 - Dallas
Week 3 - at Cincinnati
Week 4 - at Philadelphia
Week 5 - Tampa Bay
Week 6 - at Detroit
Week 7 - BYE WEEK
Week 8 - Cleveland
Week 9 - at Washington
Week 10 - New York Giants
Week 11 - Arizona
Week 12 - at Baltimore
Week 13 - St. Louis
Week 14 - at Arizona
Week 15 - Pittsburgh
Week 16 - at Seattle
Week 17 - at St. Louis

StatFox Take: Although this is the easiest schedule on paper for the entire league, the 49ers don’t figure to beat any team in the NFC East, as they have to travel to Philly and the division-cellar-dweller Redskins. They strangely play all three division road games in the final four weeks of the year. Although this club appears to have improved this offseason after a 6-10 campaign, the 49ers have reached eight wins just once in the past eight seasons (2009). Uncertainty at the quarterback position will prevent San Francisco from posting a .500 record or better this year.
Prediction: UNDER 7.5 (Even)

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09/06/2011 12:19 AM

NFL Season Preview: Seattle Seahawks


2010 Statistics:
SU Record: 8-10
ATS Record: 8-10
Over/Under: 13-4-1
Points Scored: 19.4 PPG (23rd in NFL)
Points Allowed: 25.4 PPG (25th in NFL)
2011 Odds:
Odds to Win NFC West: 7/1
Odds to Win NFC Championship: 50/1
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVI: 80/1
Regular Season Wins Over/Under: 6

2011 Preview:
Despite an NFC West title and a first-round playoff win, the Seahawks are making some major changes to their offense. In a surprise move, they fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and brought in former Minnesota play-caller Darrell Bevell. Bevell’s offense won’t be drastically different, as he’s also a West Coast disciple, and he will teach former Vikings pupils QB Tarvaris Jackson and WR Sidney Rice. Seattle also inked former Raiders TE Zach Miller and G Robert Gallery. RB Marshawn Lynch proved to be a capable workhorse late last season and in the playoffs, and Leon Washington should be more effective as a change-of-pace runner and return specialist in his second year back from a broken leg.

Defensively, the Seahawks will continue to go with Pete Carroll’s versatile, hybrid scheme. They’re excellent against the run when both Brandon Mebane and Colin Cole are in the lineup, and they have versatile playmakers in the linebacking corps, led by Aaron Curry and David Hawthorne. They have issues covering though, especially on the perimeter. Their collection of cornerbacks is one of the weakest in the NFL, but they signed a quality safety in Atari Bigby.

Key Offseason Moves
QB Tarvaris Jackson (from Vikings)
WR Sidney Rice (from Vikings)
TE Zach Miller (from Raiders)
G Robert Gallery (from Raiders)
DE Jimmy Wilkerson (from Saints)
DT Alan Branch (from Cardinals)
S Atari Bigby (from Packers)
PK Jeff Reed (from 49ers)

QB Matt Hasselbeck (Titans)
TE Chris Baker (released)
C Chris Spencer (Bears)
T Sean Locklear (Redskins)
T Ray Willis (Dolphins)
G Stacy Andrews (Giants)
DT Amon Gordon (Chiefs)
LB Lofa Tatupu (released)
LB Will Herring (Saints)
S Jordan Babineaux (Titans)
PK Olindo Mare (Panthers)

2011 Schedule:
2011 Schedule Strength: 16.94 (30th toughest in NFL)
Week 1 - at San Francisco
Week 2 - at Pittsburgh
Week 3 - Arizona
Week 4 - Atlanta
Week 5 - at New York Giants
Week 6 - BYE WEEK
Week 7 - at Cleveland
Week 8 - Cincinnati
Week 9 - at Dallas
Week 10 - Baltimore
Week 11 - at St. Louis
Week 12 - Washington
Week 13 - Philadelphia
Week 14 - St. Louis
Week 15 - at Chicago
Week 16 - San Francisco
Week 17 - at Arizona

StatFox Take: The Seahawks are one of the toughest teams to predict because of so much turnover with key personnel, both players and coaches. Tarvaris Jackson will probably never be a star in this league, but he feels comfortable in the system and has some pass-catching weapons (WR Sidney Rice and TE Zach Miller) to enhance his learning curve. Seattle rarely loses at home, and should tally at least five CenturyLink Field victories with a soft schedule that includes the Bengals and Redskins in addition to the weak divisional opponents. The Seahawks likely won’t capture the division title again, but they should still win seven or eight games in 2011.
Prediction: OVER 6 (+110)

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09/06/2011 12:22 AM

NFL Season Preview: St. Louis Rams


2010 Statistics:
SU Record: 7-9
ATS Record: 10-6
Over/Under: 6-10
Points Scored: 18.1 PPG (27th in NFL)
Points Allowed: 20.5 PPG (12th in NFL)
2011 Odds:
Odds to Win NFC West: 8/5
Odds to Win NFC Championship: 25/1
Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVI: 40/1
Regular Season Wins Over/Under: 7.5

2011 Preview:
The Rams offense will have a much different look this year, with former Denver Broncos head coach (and New England Patriots play-caller during their record-setting 2007 season) Josh McDaniels taking over as offensive coordinator. Whereas the Rams used an ultra-conservative West Coast passing game last year, McDaniels has always run an aggressive spread attack. However, he’ll have a short offseason to install it with second-year QB Sam Bradford. He also has a definite lack of weapons in the receiving corps, but former Jacksonville WR Mike Sims-Walker is a strong addition. They’ll continue to use RB Steven Jackson heavily as they have few options behind him, such as free agents Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood, but Jackson has shown signs of wear in the last two seasons.

Defensively, head coach Steve Spagnuolo has been able to generate a pass rush with DE Chris Long and journeymen like James Hall, and they added an athletic pass rusher with their first-round pick in DE Robert Quinn. The Rams also signed DTs Justin Bannan and Daniel Muir in free agency. The pass rush should help make up for a weak secondary once again. SS Quintin Mikell is a quality player, but so is FS O.J. Atogwe who left St. Louis for Washington.

Key Offseason Moves
RB Cadillac Williams (from Buccaneers)
RB Jerious Norwood (from Falcons)
WR Mike Sims-Walker (from Jaguars)
G Harvey Dahl (from Falcons)
G Quinn Ojinnaka (from Patriots)
DT Daniel Muir (from Colts)
DT Justin Bannan (from Broncos)
LB Brady Poppinga (from Packers)
LB Zac Diles (from Texans)
CB Al Harris
S Quintin Mikell (from Eagles)

FB Mike Karney (released)
WR Laurent Robinson (Chargers)
TE Derek Schouman (Redskins)
TE Daniel Fells (Broncos)
G John Greco (Browns)
LB David Vobora (released)
CB Kevin Dockery (Steelers)
FS O.J. Atogwe (Redskins)

2011 Schedule:
2011 Schedule Strength: 19.19 (22nd toughest in NFL)
Week 1 - Philadelphia
Week 2 - at New York Giants
Week 3 - Baltimore
Week 4 - Washington
Week 5 - BYE WEEK
Week 6 - at Green Bay
Week 7 - at Dallas
Week 8 - New Orleans
Week 9 - at Arizona
Week 10 - at Cleveland
Week 11 - Seattle
Week 12 - Arizona
Week 13 - at San Francisco
Week 14 - at Seattle
Week 15 - Cincinnati
Week 16 - at Pittsburgh
Week 17 - San Francisco

StatFox Take: The first half of this schedule is brutal with three top-notch defenses looming in the first three contests (Eagles, Giants and Ravens). After a Week 5 bye, the Rams take to the road for four of their next five games, including at Green Bay and at Dallas. The second half of this slate has a handful of winnable games, but overall, St. Louis has too many questions on both sides of the ball to expect anything above five wins.
Prediction: UNDER 7.5 (-120)

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