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25) Dallas Cowboys

Provided that he stays fit Tony Romo should be able to guide the Cowboys to some wins. After all the Cowboys have a strong offensive line, a great number one wide receiver and a very good running back. Offense will only get you so far though, defense wins Championships and the Cowboys defense could not stop slug from scoring a touchdown at the moment.

Romo is going to need to lead Dallas to 30 plus points a game just to keep them competitive. That is not a recipe for success.

26) Buffalo Bills

You are going to struggle to win games when EJ Manuel is your starting quarterback. He
just does not look like he has the makings of a starting NFL quarterback. Add into this the departure of Jairus Byrd and the season ending injury to star linebacker Kiko Alonso and the Bills don't look set to impress in 2014.

27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Every single team that Lovie Smith is the Head Coach of has been a mess on the offensive line and it seems like he is going to continue this ignominious tradition at the Buccanneers. The Buccaneers are so desperate that they have been working out disgraced ex-Dolphin Richie Incognito with a view to signing him.

It's a shame for Bucs fans because the rest of the offense looks good. Josh McCown is a coming off the back of a great season. Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans could be something special and Doug Martin could be a 1000+ yard running back. If the offensive line isn't opening up those lanes though what does it matter.

28) St Louis Rams

Prior to Sam Bradford's season and potentially career ending injury I had the Rams down as potentially a middle of the pack team. If everything went right for them they could be 8-8 when the season finished. That wouldn't be good enough for the playoffs but to finish the season 8-8 in the NFC West shows you are a decent football team.

The injury to Bradford has knocked them down in the rankings though. The Rams may be a run heavy offense and Bradford may never have lived up to his potential but he was still the best QB on the roster by a significant margin. I didn't think it was possible but with Shaun Hill at QB Brian Schottenheimer's offense will be even more painful to watch.

It's going to be a another tough season for the Rams.

29) Kansas City Chiefs

The importance of a strong offensive line should never be overlooked but that is what Andy Reid and the Chiefs have done in 2014. Three of the starting offensive line from last season are gone including left tackle Brandon Albert. These guys were replaced with late round draft picks and Jeffrey Linkenbach.

Combine this with the fact that Kansas City had a ridiculously easy schedule last season, facing Raiders, Browns, the NFC East and the AFC South, and the Chiefs are going to find themselves near the bottom of the pack this season.

30) Tennessee Titans

Bishop Sankey is the most overhyped rookie of this year's draft class. Some people seem to be expecting he rushes for a 1000+ yards - if he gets over half that I will be surprised.

The running game looks to be key for the Titans this season but they just don't seem to have the personnel at running back to construct a successful rushing attack. As I just said Sankey is overhyped and his competitors like Shonn Greene are hardly inspiring.

Add Jake Locker's patchy record to this and a defense that looks incapable of pressing the QB and you have a the perfect recipe for a high draft pick.

31) Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Texans starting quarterback. Add to this the problems with the wantaway Andre Johnson and Arian Foster coming back from injury and the Texans offense looks pretty awful.

To make matters worse for the Texans whilst J.J. Watts and Jadeveon Clowney look like good individually the defense as a whole does not look like a good unit.

There is lots of talk about the Texans bouncing back after last season but other than a desire to see something different happen I can't see any reason for this. The Texans are going to struggle.

32) Oakland Raiders

You know how to tell that a franchise is in trouble - it is when the front office makes the decision to pay a washed up talent like Matt Schaub a guaranteed $4.5 million with a
potential for escalation of up to $11 million.

Predictably Schaub and the Raiders have looked atrocious in pre-season and this will continue all the way until the end of the regular season.

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