NFL Preview: 10 Stories to Watch This Football Season

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Peyton Manning can't play forever, the Patriots haven't won a playoff game in three years, and more

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The resolution of the long, tedious NFL lockout came as a relief to many Americans who worried they might have to spend quality time with their families on Sundays this fall. Perish the thought because football is back! The 2011 season begins on Thursday as the New Orleans Saints play the Green Bay Packers. There are plenty of storylines to follow this season: from the implementation of new kickoff rules to the long-term health of four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning; from increased emphasis on player safety to the Texans' bid for their first postseason appearance. Here are the most compelling:


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Cameron Martin is a freelance writer and contributor to the New York Times, the Daily Beast, Yahoo! Sports, and Barnes & Noble Review.

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