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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21806079 Top 10 story lines Top+10+story+lines NFL

The first half of the season was topsy-turvy, with no dominant team sticking out. But one thing is for sure: There will be a lot of stories developing going forward. Adam Caplan takes a look at the top 10 story lines for the second half of the season.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21811010 NFL MVP race NFL+MVP+race NFL

It’s a quarterback-driven league and an award that usually goes to a marquee player. We could have a new leader emerging in San Diego’s Philip Rivers.

— Adam Caplan

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21810003 Injury issues/extending season Injury+issues%2Fextending+season NFL

As the injuries continue to pile up around the league, the NFL’s strong sentiment to extend the regular season by two (or more) games will continue to garner scrutiny.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21809006 CBA/lockout? CBA%2Flockout%3F NFL

While the NFL is enjoying a season of strong competitive balance, the lockout is looming straight ahead. The collective bargaining agreement is the 500-pound gorilla that isn’t going away.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21802156 Divisional races and rivalries heat up Divisional+races+and+rivalries+heat+up NFL

For the first time in several years, the Oakland Raiders are a relevant team in the AFC West. That division is up for grabs, as are many others as the season rolls on.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21785307 The Michael Vick experience The+Michael+Vick+experience NFL

He has done an amazing job of reviving his career, but the rest of the season will go a long way in determining his future in Philadelphia or somewhere else next season.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21802153 Donovan McNabb’s future Donovan+McNabb%26rsquo%3Bs+future NFL

The veteran quarterback’s future in Washington is in doubt. This is the same player for whom the Redskins gave up two high draft picks back in early April.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21802152 Brett Favre’s future Brett+Favre%26rsquo%3Bs+future NFL

Favre is signed with the Minnesota Vikings only through this season, so his saga on and off the field will continue the rest of the way. The veteran signal caller’s relationship with head coach Brad Childress also remains one of interest.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21809005 Randy Moss in Tennessee Randy+Moss+in+Tennessee+ NFL

Another new start for the mercurial receiver, but Moss is running out of time if he wants to secure one more lucrative contract. He’ll get another chance to prove his worthiness over the next four weeks or so as he fills in for injured second-year WR Kenny Britt.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21802157 Player safety Player+safety NFL

With the recently reinforced player safety rules in place, players on the defensive side of the ball will continue to have referees’ eyes placed on them.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 second-half NFL story lines 21802128 NFL coaching watch NFL+coaching+watch NFL

Several head coaches figure to be under tremendous scrutiny and stress as the second half progresses. In fact, we could see as many as 10-11 coaches -- Minnesota's Brad Childress and San Francisco's Mike Singletary come to mind -- terminated by early January. Speculation about who will get the hook by the end of the season or who might not make it the rest of the way will continue.

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