Above Average. That is how I see this team and this season. Which I guess is a step up since they have been the model of an average NFL team the past few years, having gone 7-9 for 3 straight seasons.
The Offense- With the (too talked about) acquisition of Terrell Owens this offense is improved. He and Lee Evans create one of the best receiver pairings in the NFL. This also restricts defenses from loading up on the line allowing Marshawn Lynch, when he returns in week 4, and Fred Jackson room to move. The offensive line is young and inexperienced, this is usually a recipe for disaster, however I do believe this unit if kept in tact will be a sound offensive line for years to come. The big question now??? Trent Edwards??? Is he the answer? Will T.O. and Lee Evans be enough to push this kid to the next level? It is going to have to be, for his and Dick Jaurons sake and security.
The Defense- I am a big fan of this secondary. They are young,fast,talented and hungry. They will shine this season just wait and see. The linebackers are above average. Kawiki Mitchell and Poz are real good players both could be Pro Bowl type linebackers. The defensive line is a bit older but with the return of Schobel along with Marcus Stroud, Chris Kelsay and top pick Aaron Maybin I think they can cause some damage...once again above average.
Special teams- This unit has been near the top of all categories for a couple of years now and will be again. All they have done here is improve what is already a talented unit. Leodis McKelvin last years top pick is another weapon that can be used in an already potent return game. They have one of the best punters in the game in Moorman and a solid veteran kicker in Lindell. So all in all I expect this to be an exciting and entertaining(T.O.) season. Like I said above average......9-7.