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Old 07-18-2003, 03:03 AM   #8
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If you go simplistically by who will improve the most over where they finished last year, the obvious "sleepers" would be the Rams and the Bears - with a sharp drop in schedule difficulty (definitely) and less chaos at quarterback (hopefully), there is no reason why St. Louis (7-9 a year ago) can't literally go all the way in 2003; and with fewer injuries (it would be almost a miracle if they don't have fewer than they had in 2002), the Bears will be well within themselves to win at least eight games this year, which would be four more than they won last season.

But if you don't subscribe to this way of thinking, then what about the Chargers? True, the late-season fades have left a bad taste in everyone's mouth, but let's not overlook the fact that San Diego has gone from 1-15 to 5-11 to 8-8 in just two years; and with Bobby Beathard's calamitous quick-fix policies one year further in the rear-view mirror, this could be the year that the Chargers forget to stop down the stretch and hold on for at least a playoff berth, if not the AFC West title.
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