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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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Misguided confidence in Green Bay Packers

In my preparations for the upcoming NFL season, I have seen many sites (including this one) predicting the Green Bay Packers as the runaway favorite to win the NFC North. Many see the return of QB Aaron Rodgers as essentially all the team needs to repeat as division winners. Many point to the newfound running attack featuring sophomore Eddie Lacy and the lethal pair of WRs Jordy...
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NFL quarterbacks who will be benched by October

2014 Should be the most interesting season in NFL history. Free agency and a talented class from the NFL Draft will create instant changes for several teams.  When the first four weeks are complete, some Head Coaches will have to consider re-adjusting their plans to be competitive. One change they will contemplate is who will be behind center for the remaining three-quarters of...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking to make a splash

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made some impressive movements this offseason. After a disastrous 2013 season which they hope soon to forget, the Bucs made a momentous move right out the gate by hiring former Chicago Bear coach Lovie Smith on January 2, four days after their final game of 2013. Smith was also the Buccaneers’ linebacker coach from 1996-2000, during which the team...
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Marshawn Lynch nothing short of superb

Since escaping the cold clutches of the Buffalo Bills through a trade in 2011, Marshawn Lynch has been nothing short of superb for the Seattle Seahawks. His constant clutch rushes, contagious on-field ferocity, and seemingly impenetrable conditioning have spearheaded Seattle’s recent run into the national spotlight, as well as made fans forget the couple of costly cases of fumblitis...
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Nick Foles poised for success

Two years ago, when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Nick Foles (pre-Coach Kelly), it’s probably a safe bet Chip Kelly didn’t think Nick would turn out to be his starting quarterback (over Vick who seemed to be Kelly’s scheme favorite), let a lone a record-breaker. Sometimes though, the thing you’ve been looking for has been right under your nose the whole time. Nick Foles...
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Ryan Fitzpatrick could be what the Texans need

Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t the flashiest quarterback. He doesn’t wow anyone with his mobility or arm strength, but he’s a very capable quarterback who could lead the Houston Texans back in the direction they are searching. A former draft pick of the St. Louis Rams, there will be many fans jumping on his bandwagon. He’s a likeable guy, a family man, and one of the few Ivy League...
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2014 Fantasy Football: 6 Players to avoid in Fantasy Football

Every fantasy football season brings another opportunity for even the best fantasy minds to look like fools. Despite players changing teams, offenses, having diminished roles or carrying an injury risk, they routinely get drafted and spoil someone’s year. Considering fantasy football is all about upside and value, it only makes sense. Even though Arian Foster missed all of last...
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Fantasy Football: Stay away from Peyton Manning

A record-breaking season for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will lead many to selecting Manning as their number one choice in 2014 Fantasy Football. Manning was responsible for a number of Fantasy Championships and ended the season at the top of the leaderboard with 409.98 points. (ESPN.com) If the trend is any indication of his performances then you might want to seriously...
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