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It's never a good idea to try to develop an inexperienced, weak-armed quarterback with a receiving corps led by a 36-year-old, well-past-his-prime receiver not named Jerry Rice. Keenan McCardell had a great season a year ago -- 70 receptions and a career-high nine touchdowns. He can't duplicate that year. Not at 36. And not with Rivers flinging floaters with his sidearm delivery. The Chargers don't have a reliable receiver to stretch the defense and provide all-world tight end Antonio Gates plenty of room to operate underneath. Rivers' weak arm and San Diego's mediocre receiving corps are going to clog running lanes for LaDainian Tomlinson.7. As much as I dislike Terrell Owens, I have to admit he's going to have success in Dallas this season. I've gone back and forth on how I feel Owens will work with Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe. Right now, I'm firmly in the "Owens will have his best season ever" camp. Playing opposite Terry Glenn and with tight end Jason Witten drawing attention in the middle of the field, I can see Owens scoring 18 touchdowns. His number of receptions will be down, but T.O. will get in the end zone frequently. And he'll behave during the regular season. I like the Cowboys a lot this year. 6. But I don't like the Cowboys as much as I like the Washington Redskins, my pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Washington made one mistake this offseason, letting LaVar Arrington escape to a team within the division. Other than that, you have to love what the Skins did. New offensive coordinator Al Saunders is a bit of a glory hound. He campaigned for the Kansas City head coaching job by gassing up members of the media. But make no mistake, the guy knows how to call plays. He has a terrific imagination, and he has a major chip on his shoulder because he's out to prove he deserves another shot at being a head coach. The Redskins added two receivers -- Brandon Lloyd and Antwaan Randle El -- during the offseason to play with Santana Moss. Wow. Clinton Portis in the backfield, a trio of talented receivers, H-back Chris Cooley and Saunders calling plays. QB Mark Brunell can't screw that up. And, of course, the Skins play outstanding defense, even without Arrington. 5. Joey Harrington is going to beat out Daunte Culpepper by midseason. I've never been a Daunte fan. Never. I was irate when the Vikings drafted him just months after Jeff George had a great season. But it's deeper than my allegiance to George. Daunte is not a student of the game. He doesn't read defenses. He's going to get exposed in Miami because his mobility is gone and he's going to be forced to stand in the pocket and make reads. It won't be pretty. 4. Peyton Manning will not miss Edgerrin James. That's not a statement about James' talent. He's a talented back. I just think Indy's passing attack puts so much pressure on a defense that James' replacement(s) will find enough running lanes to make the Colts' running game serviceable. 3. Edgerrin James will miss Peyton Manning and the Colts' offensive line. The weather is great in Arizona, the Cardinals have two fantastic receivers and James received a fat contract. But he's going to run behind the worst offensive line in football. Once Kurt Warner gets knocked silly and gets injured, the Cardinals will be forced to go with rookie Matt Leinart, who will struggle while running for his life. All the pressure to bail out the offense will be on James. Denny Green needed to overhaul Arizona's line. Instead, he picked up a USC rookie in the second round of the draft. Do you remember how Jamal Lewis tiptoed all last season? You're going to see a re-enactment of that shameful performance in the desert. 2. Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident will negatively impact his performance this season. Roethlisberger is supposed to be completely recovered by the start of the season. Great. I just have a hard time believing his mental recovery will be complete this season. He nearly died. Young people, especially young athletes, are emboldened by a sense of invincibility. Roethlisberger's sense of indestructibility has been shattered. I can see his confidence suffering this season. 1. The Baltimore Ravens are my pick to win the Super Bowl. I love the acquisitions of veteran Trevor Pryce and rookie Haloti Ngata for Baltimore's defensive line. Price and Ngata should make Ray Lewis unstoppable again. Steve McNair solves Baltimore's QB dilemma. Plus, I recently read John Feinstein's book about the Ravens, "Next Man Up," and the book made me like and respect Brian Billick. Also, the city of Baltimore needs a feel-good story after suffering through the TV death of Stringer Bell and the incarceration of Avon Barksdale on "The Wire." Jason Whitlock is a regular columnist for The Kansas City Star. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sound off to Page 2 here.