The 32 things we learned from the NFL's 2021 offseason:
1. These Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the first team in the salary cap era (since 1994) – and first since the 1977 Oakland Raiders – to return their entire Super Bowl lineup intact ... and that doesn't include WR Antonio Brown, TE O.J. Howard, rookie OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and RB Gio Bernard. The table couldn't be set any better for the Bucs to become the ninth team, and first since Tom Brady's New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004, to pull off the Lombardi Trophy repeat.
2. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs seek to become the fourth team to reach three consecutive Super Bowls – and a fourth straight AFC championship game berth (and likely a sixth AFC West title in a row) would be a prerequisite. Remember when Andy Reid didn't win enough games in Philadelphia?
3. A 17-game season. We'll withhold judgment – for now – as to when the NFL is giving us too much of a good thing. I just know a 10-7 record is always going to look weird.
3a. That extra game could mean the first 2,000-yard receiver, or even the fall of Eric Dickerson's decades-old rushing record.
4. Also gonna take a while to get used to skill players wearing single-digit jersey numbers – and I'll say it now, equipment managers need to be more discerning about who gets them. Good to see Leonard Fournette back in No. 7 and Jaylon Smith in No. 9 on Thursday night ... though Dallas WR Cedrick Wilson Jr. in No. 1 and S Donovan Wilson in No. 6? C'mon, Cowboys.
5. Are the Cleveland Browns, one of four NFL teams to never reach the Super Bowl, finally going to play on Super Sunday next February in LA? No team got more votes among AFC teams from our panel of experts.
6. Turnovers are bad, but some regular turnover can be refreshing. Since the start of the 1990 season, at least four new teams have reached the playoffs every year – and that number is likely to expand now that we have a 14-team field.
7. Never miss a press conference from new Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell, an admitted (bleep) with an appetite for opponents' kneecaps.
8. No, Mac Jones won't be the first rookie quarterback to start for Bill Belichick in New England. How quickly we forget Jacoby Brissett ...
9.Congratulations to Steelers OLB T.J. Watt striking a financial blow for guys who don't throw the football. Watt agreed to a new contract Thursday that will average better than $28 million over four seasons, making him the highest-paid defender, on an average annual basis, in league history. He also becomes the best-compensated non-QB in the league, his new NFL tax bracket putting him on par with second-tier passers like Ryan Tannehill, Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr.