(Eds: With AP Photos.) By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer What's missing in Indianapolis is obvious: Peyton Manning, and any kind of win.
The missing ingredients with other supposed contenders aren't so obvious. Yet, there are the Eagles, Jets, Chargers and Buccaneers, all winners from 2010 struggling in 2011. Even the Rams were expected to be a rising team in the NFC West after going 7-9 a year ago.
The shortcomings are many, from the Meadowlands to Mission Bay.
Let's start in Philadelphia, where the Eagles were crowned champions of the offseason, whatever that's worth, after the lockout. They locked up some of the most prized free agents: Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Steve Smith, Cullen Jenkins, even a solid backup quarterback in Vince Young. They pulled off an impressive trade, sending their backup quarterback, Kevin Kolb, who would have sat behind Michael Vick, and got back a second-round draft pick and a good cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Then the sea...