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2014 NFL quarterback rankings

Just for fun I took the challenge. SportsNation asked fans to rate the top NFL QB’s. A lot goes into the consideration, and I believe I was far more accurate than they. Here are the real 2014 NFL quarterback rankings. Let’s take a look at the first five according to SportsNation; Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Andrew Luck. I differ right from the start...
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Greatest upset on turf: Not the Super Bowl you think

Two of the biggest Super Bowl upsets have come since the turn of the century. In Super Bowl XXXVI, the New England Patriots, led by a second-year former sixth-round quarterback named Tom Brady, toppled the St. Louis Rams and their “Greatest Show on Turf” offense of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and Isaac Bruce. Six years later, the Patriots were the juggernaut, winning eighteen...
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Fantasy Football 2014′s top running back sleepers

It is no surprise Fantasy Football running backs are the key to a championship. Knowing who to pick is more of a mystery come draft day. There’s always a chance of injury and today; the life span of an NFL running back is uncertain. Here’s a look at Fantasy Football 2014′s top running back sleepers. Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: To the casual fantasy player Toby...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

NFL Training Camp: Disappointing teams of 2014

For 32 teams in the NFL, training camp represents the official beginning of the new season. This wipes the slate clean, every team shows a 0-0 record until the end of Week 1. The 2014 NFL season is finally here. For new coaches like Cleveland Browns’ Mike Pettine, it’s a time to show their fans that they are the coach to right the ship.  For coaches on the hot seat, like New...
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Fantasy Football 2014′s top running backs

It is no surprise Fantasy Football running backs are the key to a championship. Knowing who to pick is more of a mystery come draft day. There’s always a chance of injury and today; the life span of an NFL running back is uncertain. Here’s a look at Fantasy Football 2014′s top running backs. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: This workhorse is always a always a safe bet...
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2 major reasons to start Johnny Manziel

The Cleveland Browns have little chance of making the playoffs in 2014. Every year they improve a little, but they remain unable to rise above the other three in their division. Coach Pettine should treat this season for what it truly is; a ‘rebuilding’ year. His team’s future rests on the arm of his rookie quarterback. Here are two major reasons to start Johnny Manziel. The...
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Highly touted, troubled TE given chance to shine

Everyone makes mistakes. There is no mistaking that. Except for maybe Derek Jeter, but he’s different. While some never get the opportunity to redeem themselves, former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla was given one by the Green Bay Packers. After going undrafted, the Packers were smart to sign 21-year-old Lyerla to a free agent contract. Although he has a 4.61 speed and 39 inch vertical...
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Vernon Davis deserves a new contract

San Francisco 49ers’ tight end, Vernon Davis, wants a new contract even though he just signed a four-year deal a season ago. Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints also signed a four-year deal –for $40 million. About half of it is guaranteed. It’s not that much more than Davis’ 4-Year $36.75 million contract, though, by comparison only about one-third, or $11.112 million...
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Broncos were forced to make changes

After an embarrassing showing in the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos had to make some changes – most of these being on defense. The offense has also made some changes; however, it is unlikely the offense, led by the Peyton Manning passing attack, will be slowed down much. The defense ranked 7th at stopping the run and a dismal 27th vs. the passing attack last year, should show considerable...
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Giving Andre Reed recognition he deserves

Two weeks from now, the NFL will induct the Hall Of Fame class of 2014. This year’s class is headlined by Michael Strahan, the single-season record holder for sacks, and Derrick Brooks, the heart of the stacked Buccaneers defense of the late 90’s/early 2000’s. While the class is defensively dominated with Aeneas Williams and Claude Humphrey also joining Strahan and Brooks,...
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2014 Fantasy Football preview

A number of fans try their hand at the frustrating, yet addicting, world of Fantasy Football. During the season, countless hours are spent making lineup changes, adding and dropping players, and trading between other teams. Questions are asked and pondered over; Do I trade Drew Brees for Eli Manning and Reggie Wayne? If you play, you know the feeling when the other team puts up a...
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Rex Ryan’s boasts are laughable

The New York Jets have a questionable quarterback, a running back who must prove himself, and a defense which is inconsistent. They finished 8-8 in 2013 behind the 12-4 New England Patriots. The Jets head coach was asked about their ability to overtake the Patriots. He said: “They need to worry about us.” Rex Ryan’s boasts are laughable. I predicted long ago that they will...
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Tony Romo Will not Lead Dallas to a Super Bowl Win

Personally, I like Tony Romo.  I appreciate his talent, and I respect his desire to play even when hurt. However, I propose three reasons why Tony Romo will not lead Dallas to a Super Bowl win. The owner and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, is a detriment to the success of the Cowboys. No one is sure if he is also the Head Coach, because his ownership style is...
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Who’s the best QB in the NFC East?

Usually in the NFL, how the team’s quarterback performs is a direct reflection of their win-loss record. Two years ago it was RGIII who was the toast of the NFL as he led his Washington Redskins to the division title. Last year, it was Nick Foles turn as he carried the Philadelphia Eagles to the title throwing 27 touchdowns with only two interceptions. The elder statesman of the...
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Can Gruden bring back the Redskins winning ways?

To be a winner, at any level, takes many things. It takes pedigree, desire and experience. On January 9th, 2014 the Washington Redskins hired a man with all three intangibles, Jay Gruden. The hope is that he can bring winning back to the Nation’s Capital. Winning is something that has only been felt four seasons in the last 15 years. Jay Gruden comes from a small but strong pedigree...
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NFL teams that will make the playoff leap in 2014

Each NFL season there are always a few teams who take us fans by surprise and turn the corner. Here’s five NFL teams that will make the playoff leap in 2014. Minnesota Vikings: The Minnesota Vikings are one of the most exciting teams going into the 2014 season. We’ll have to see if Teddy Bridgewater can win the starting gig and replace Matt Cassel. If he can do so, we may have...
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NFL rookies to watch out for in 2014

Every year there’s always a few NFL rookies who make an immediate impact for their teams. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: With all the turnover at the receiver position for the Panthers, it will be interesting to see if Benjamin can make an immediate impact. He has a chance to be a red zone target along with tight end Greg Olsen to help Cam Newton have another solid season...
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Role of defensive line changing in the NFL

I grew up watching the Chicago Bears “Monsters of the Midway”, the Minnesota Vikings “Purple People Eaters”, the “Doomsday Defense” of the Dallas Cowboys,  the “Fearsome Foursome” of the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers “Steel Curtain”. Changes in rules dictating more pass-oriented offenses, and the way defenses play have virtually eliminated the...
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Nick Foles can’t be another Kevin Kolb

It may seem unlikely to start an article with the headline above, Kevin Kolb and Nick Foles are two different people. They both play on two different teams, so what do they have in common? Allow me to give you a brief history lesson, but don’t worry I promise it won’t be too long and boring. Kevin Kolb was drafted by the Eagles in the second round in the 2007 draft. After sitting...
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Jay Cutler’s diabetes keeps him constantly challenged

Jay Cutler might not be the poster boy everyone wants in the NFL, but not many seem to remember the inspiration he is to many who suffer from Type 1 diabetes. Not only is he a leader for those suffering from the disease, but he’s also the quarterback and iconic leader of the Chicago Bears. Constantly challenged by keeping his blood sugars level and at a stable point to ensure that...
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Packers’ rookie could take the league by storm

With the role of the tight end increasing for most NFL teams, the need for a dynamic, athletic one rises. Last season 11 teams had a tight end lead or tie for the lead in touchdown receptions. Three of the top 10 leaders in touchdown receptions were tight ends. After JerMichael Finley’s spinal contusion last season in Week 7 against the Browns, the Green Bay Packers lacked any...
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Will the Raiders be Playing in Oakland in 2015?

On Thursday the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium was dedicated. It is ready for the 2014 season and Super Bowl 50 in a year-and-a-half. Will the Raiders be playing in Oakland, or will they share the new facility in Santa Clara? When Commissioner Roger Goodell hints about an issue, it’s usually already in the works. Oakland has one year remaining on their lease at the...
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Hurt Locker: Jake Locker’s final season?

Jake Locker may be facing his last season with the Tennessee Titans. In 2015, we could see him leading the team (finally), or holding a clipboard (which isn’t a deviation from his norm). Actually, that’s been Locker every year. In 2011, the Tennessee Titans drafted Jake Locker 8th overall. Since then, he hasn’t lived up to the standards set before him. Hell, he hasn’t stayed...
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Winning back-to-back Super Bowls is nearly impossible

You had the best team during the season, and when it mattered, you peaked and won the Lombardi Trophy. You’ll have most of the same team the following year, but Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch are about to find out why winning back-to-back Super Bowls is nearly impossible. The last team to win consecutive Super Bowls were the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005. It’s not...
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13 NFL teams with a chance

According to Las Vegas odds makers, there are thirteen NFL teams with a chance this year, but what seems likely? Would you take a Super Bowl bet that says it has to be among these four teams only: The New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, or San Francisco 49ers? Do you believe any of the four makes the Superbowl? What about three of the four? It’s been ten years...
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