The New Orleans Saints are the defending Super Bowl champs but they have questions as does every team in the league. NFL preseason lines begin next weekend with the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals.
2010 NFL preseason betting for the other 30 NFL teams begins next week. The Saints have to answer the question of whether or not they will have a letdown after last season. It happens to a lot of teams that reach the Super Bowl. The runner-up Colts also have to deal with the stigma of being a runner-up in the Super Bowl and history has not been kind through the years to runner-ups.
The Minnesota Vikings nearly made the Super Bowl and NFL preseason lines will be focused on whether or not quarterback Brett Favre returns. The Dallas Cowboys are one of the Super Bowl favorites and they have to figure out a way to deal with the pressure. The AFC’s hot team is the Baltimore Ravens and they will be working in Anquan Boldin into the offense in the preseason. The Green Bay Packers are another highly respected team and they are focused on their offensive line in the preseason. The New York Jets are a team loaded with talent that is facing high expectations in the preseason.
There are four other teams who have high expectations this season. The Atlanta Falcons believe they can overtake the Saints in the NFC South. The New England Patriots believe they can hold off the Jets and Dolphins in the AFC East. The Chargers still think they can win even without LaDainian Tomlinson, Vincent Jackson and Antonio Cromartie and the Bengals feel disrespected as division champs.
Other teams have questions to answer in the preseason. The 49ers have to prove that Alex Smith can play quarterback effectively. The Dolphins have to show everyone that last year was a slip and that they can contend in 2010. The Houston Texans have to prove that they are more than just Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. The Arizona Cardinals need to find out if Matt Leinart is ready to lead them. The Giants, Eagles and Redskins have to prove they can beat the Cowboys. The Steelers have to win without Ben Roethlisberger while the Titans, Bears, Panthers, Broncos and Seahawks are close to being playoff teams. The Jaguars, Chiefs, Browns, Lions and Raiders would like to be surprise teams while the Bucs, Bills and Rams are playing for the future.