Originally Posted by Oats420
Panthers don't have Smith for the first two games of the season... so that could lead to an 0-2 start.
I don't know if you call Minnesota a cinderella, but I have a feeling they could make alot of noise in the NFC. But as for a team that had a horrible record last year, i'd say St. Louis Rams is most likely to improve the greatest. Finishing 3-13 last year was a fluke, they will be no worse than 9-7.
Smith missing the first 2 games does suck but overall, I don't think it will hurt them that bad.
St. Louis is in dissarray behind the scenes right now. Their owner died last year and the race is on to who claims the team. There are rumblings about them being moved and things don't look good. I see the Rams being .500 at best.
Minnesota on the other hand will be a powerhouse . . . when they get a decent QB. Tavaris Jackson has to be one of the worst quarterbacks to start in the NFL. This guy couldn't be a star in NFL Europe in my opinion. He's like Michael Vick without the wins or legal problems. If Minnesota can realize that and get a QB before all their other talent goes to waste, look for a very strong team from them.