Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 9/5/13
Folks, it’s football season and Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season has, perhaps, more hype than expected in recent years. Big name defenders like Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher retired, while legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez rejoined the Atlanta Falcons in the hopes of a Cinderella finish. Unfinished business also resides with Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Each fell in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but have upgraded on each side of the ball to increase Super Bowl expectations. The San Francisco 49ers return to defend their NFC crown, but the rest of the NFC will be chomping at the bit to knock off the Bay Area. On the other hand, the Baltimore Ravens feature new defensive faces with Ed Reed also moving to the Houston Texans. Given how much occurred during free agency and the draft, this season sets up numerous seasoned veterans with even better opportunities to compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. As for who currently leads the charge, let’s take a glimpse
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