After a desultory 2007 season, St. Louis has hopes for a big turnaround -- and there are reasons to be optimistic. New offensive coordinator Al Saunders brings an exciting, proven scheme and his vast NFL experience to a group of talented Rams playmakers. They should enjoy improved blocking up front from an offensive line that finally has recovered from last season's injury debacle.
Philadelphia's offense, whose wideouts already were considered a weak link, must work around the early-season absence of WR Kevin Curtis (hernia). But with versatile RB Brian Westbrook and a healthy QB Donovan McNabb, the Eagles still pose a threat. Rookie WR DeSean Jackson looked good in the preseason and could make an impact as a return man and receiver.