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Brent Holloway of the Gainesville Times isn't buying into the hype surrounding the Falcons. Holloway: "As has been painstakingly documented, the Falcons have never, in their 43-year history as a franchise, experienced back-to-back winning seasons."
In his preview of the Falcons, USA Today's Bob Velin also brings up the fact the Falcons have never posted consecutive winning seasons.
Marcus Monk is hoping to make the most of his second shot at the NFL.
Safety Joe Fields has spent his short time with the Panthers learning and waiting to get on the field.
New Orleans Saints
Pro Football Weekly's Dan Parr writes that the team's failure to upgrade its linebackers could hold the defense back from improving in 2009.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers.com examines 12 important dates for the team. The site lists everything from the training camp report date (July 31) to that big game in February (Feb. 7).