Originally posted on Cippin on Sports  |  Last updated 8/23/13
So with the 2013 NFL Regular Season under a month away, its now okay to justify your excitement for what this season will hold. My anticipation for this upcoming season began the day after Joe Flacco and Baltimore Ravens lifted the Lombardi Trophy this past February. What a season this is going to be. There are so many things to look forward to this year and each fan has their own expectations for their team. But here’s a list of things to look forward to for all the NFL die-hards, no matter which team you represent on Sunday afternoon.   1. Breaking NFL news will actually be about football The daily NFL Headlines will be about how many yards Peterson is on pace to rush for or which coaches are already on the hot seat or how significant the upcoming games could hold for December divisional races. This will be in place of the all the negativity this past offseason has put on the NFL. From criminal charges to PED suspensions to vulgar racism, I’m certain Roger Goodell is ready for the calendar to change to September.   2. Sunday is no longer just the day before Monday The dread of Monday can carry over to Sunday at times. Pretty soon it won’t. For NFL fans, Sunday becomes the favorite day of the week. Monday won’t be too shabby itself. With a season-long loaded Monday Night Football schedule, Week 1 kicks off with a doubleheader. Redskins host the Eagles in an intriguing divisional matchup followed by the Chargers hosting the Texans. Two playoff teams from a year ago (Redskins, Texans) each facing a team with high hopes for this season after a disappointing 2012 campaign (Eagles, Chargers).   3. Same faces, new places A fury of offseason moves combined with the draft brings a new season of guys trying to prove their worth to their teams, coaches, and fans. Welker in Denver, Amendola in New England, Wallace in Miami, Bush in Detroit, Jackson in Atlanta, Harrison in Cincinnati, Reed in Houston, Jennings in Minnesota, Asomugha in San Francisco. The list goes on and on.   4. The year-long divisional races With very few heavy favorites early on to win their division, this season should bring lots of extremely significant divisional games. All four divisions in the NFC should have tight races and the AFC will be just as interesting. Every week will have games with playoff implications. Division titles likely won’t be decided until Week 16 or 17.   5. Fantasy Football The draft boards, the creative team names, the friendly yet not so friendly trash talk, fantasy football adds another exciting element to the upcoming football season. And even if your favorite team is out of it by November, you still got your fantasy football team to root for. There’s a bit to look forward to for the upcoming season and stay tuned as I will be posting breakdowns of each division in the upcoming days. This article was written by Kenny Decker. You can follow him on Twitter @Inside__Sports
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