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That time of year again is here where NFL players have expired contracts and are either on the prowl for a new team or hoping to stay with their current team for a bigger contract.  Free agency can be a stressful for the fans, owners, and the players.  In the 2014 draft there were some players that were signed quickly because the team recognizes the value in keeping them, but we have also seen some high value players hit the free agency market due to either off field issues or cant afford them anymore.  What has been interesting is seeing how some teams have dived right into this and signed a bunch of players, and to see some teams sit back and let all the players slip through their fingers.  Some teams have had salary cap issues so it makes sense why they have been sitting back not doing anything; and they have been focusing on keeping their current players or waiting for the draft.  Some times the free agent period can make or break a team and its shaping up to be an interesting 2014 season.  Below are some of the big named receivers that have signed to new teams. 

Wide Receivers

1. Steve Smith – Went from the Panthers over to the Ravens.  The Ravens are giving him $11 million with a $3.5 million signing bonus for 3 years.  Even at the age of 35 Smith can still offer a lot to the struggling pass offense of the Ravens.  With Torrey Smith on the other side and Dennis Pitta across the middle it should be an open field for Steve Smith.  And we all know that Flacco could use another weapon in the offense.

2. Eric Decker – Went from the Broncos over to the Jets.  This was kind of surprising since he was in the best pass offense and he is now going to a team that had very serious pass issues.  Now Decker did hit pay dirt by signing a 5 year $36.25 million deal with $15 million being guaranteed money.  The Jets finally released Sanchez, but signed Michael Vick to replace him.  This is going to give Decker to shine now that he is out of the shadow of Thomas and Welker.

3. James Jones – Went from the Packers over to the Raiders.  I think this is a good move for Jones and his career.  The Raiders have added a lot of people to the roster already and with Jones being a deep threat it should add a lot of depth to the offense.  The Raiders added Matt Schaub and even though Schaub had a terrible 2013 campaign he should be able to connect with Jones.  We have to remember Schaub fed the ball to Andre Johnson for a lot of years so he should have no problem getting it to Jones.  Jones was bound to get picked up quick with how he has a knack for getting in the endzone. 

4. Golden Tate – Went from the Seahawks to the Lions.  I can see this going very well, or very bad.  Tate just helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl and now he is going to a team that has never been to the big game.  The plus is that the Lions is a pass happy team who has the best WR in the game in Calvin Johnson.  Now Stafford may not be the most consistent QB in the game, but he will have no problem getting the ball to both Tate and Johnson.

5. Hakeem Nicks – Went from the Giants to the Colts.  This is a great pickup for the Colts and I really think that Nicks needed to get away from the Giants.  As long as Nicks can stay healthy he should be able to have a fresh start with the Colts.  Andrew Luck is just getting better and better and Nicks could be a useful tool to help the team get farther in the playoffs.  Nicks was a big part of the offense in New York and when he was healthy he was almost unstoppable. 

Emmanuel Sanders – Went from Steelers to the Broncos
Andre Roberts – Went from Cardinals to the Redskins
Brandon LaFell – Went from Panthers to the Patriots
Devin Hester – Went from the Bears to the Falcons
Dexter McCluster – Went from Chiefs to Titans

Well; the first week of the 2013 season was everything I wanted plus more.  We had blow out wins, upsets, huge performances, and numerous busts.  I have been looking forward to the start of this season since the last play of the Super Bowl and watching the games this week was pure heaven.  There were a lot of players that were traded to new teams, numerous contract re-negotiations, and new coaches and managers.  It was really hard to tell how some teams were going to do just based on personnel and schemes.  

The Broncos and the Ravens got the season off to a huge start since it was a repeat of the AFC Divisional Game from 2012 when the Ravens just barely beat the Broncos in the final seconds which killed the Super Bowl run for the Broncos.  Peyton was not going to let that happen again and he had a career day throwing 7 touchdowns and over 400 yards to destroy the Ravens in the season opener.  There were other QBs that had awesome performances as well.  Eli Manning had 450 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in his loss to the Cowboys.  Colin Kaepernick had a career day passing with his first 400 yard performance and 3 touchdowns in his win over the Packers.

What surprised me was that there were only two running backs that rushed for over 100 yards in week 1.  LeSean McCoy took to Chip Kelleys offense very well with 184 rushing yards and a touchdown.  The other 100 yard rusher was Shane Vereen after Stevan Ridley had a terrible performance.  Vereen ended up with 101 yards on 14 carries in the Patriots victory.  It seemed that most RBs got their fun in short passes and touchdowns.  Adrian Peterson scored 2 touchdowns on the ground and caught 1 touchdown in the Vikings loss to the Lions.  On the other side of the ball Reggie Bush had 90 rushing yards, 101 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown.  Most of the first round draft picks for fantasy football did not do as well as owners wanted to, but it is early in the season so there is nothing to worry about.

A lot of the action in Week 1 came through the passing game and Victor Cruz took full advantage by having 118 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The surprise for week 1 was Anquan Boldin with his 13 receptions, 208 yards, and a touchdown in the 49ers win over Green Bay.  AJ Green did what he always does and had 9 catches for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Bengals loss to the Bears.  With Peyton throwing the ball almost every Denver receiver had a good game (excluding Decker), Demaryius Thomas pulled in 161 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Broncos victory over the Ravens.  Even though Andre Johnson did not find the end zone he did manage 12 catches for 146 yards in the Texans win over the Chargers.  There was a nice surge for the Cardinals with Palmer throwing the ball to Fitzgerald; he had 2 touchdowns and 8 receptions in the loss to the Rams.  There was also a lot of tight ends that made their name known in week 1.  Both Vernon Davis and Jason Witten had 2 touchdowns; and Jared Cook also had 2 touchdowns and 141 receiving yards.  The big surprise was Julius Thomas who had 2 touchdowns from Peyton Manning and 110 receiving yards.  Jordan Cameron led all tight ends with 9 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Browns.

+Scores+

Broncos – 49
Ravens – 27

Dolphins – 23
Browns – 10

Vikings – 24
Lions – 34

Raiders – 17
Colts – 21

Chiefs – 28
Jaguars – 2

Bucs – 17
Jets – 18

Falcons – 17
Saints – 23

Titans – 16
Steelers – 9

Bengals – 21
Bears – 24

Seahawks – 12
Panthers – 7

Patriots – 23
Bills – 21

Packers – 28
49ers – 34

Cardinals – 24
Rams – 27

Giants – 31
Cowboys – 36

Eagles – 33
Redskins – 27

Texans – 31
Chargers – 28

 

There have been so many moves happening in the NFL this off season that it is hard to keep it straight.  There have been players traded to new teams, players picked up off waivers, players signing huge contracts, players complaining about contracts, and players in prison.  It’s almost like if you don’t check the news everyday than you will miss something huge.  I have been floored with all the players that have moved to different teams though; I normally do not see this many players going to new organizations.  Below are some of the big names that are on different teams and my opinion if it was a good idea or not.

Cliff Avril DE  – Went from the Detroit Lions over to the Seattle Seahawks.  I think this is a good move for Avril since he has been a dominating defensive player; he will be a great addition to an already powerful defense.

Michael Bennett DE – Went from Tampa Bay to Seattle.  Another great addition to the Seattle defense; and a great move for Bennett.

Paul Kruger LB – Went from the Ravens over to the Browns.  I am a Utah boy so I am happy to see Kruger do well; but I am not sold on the Browns being the best team for him.  The Browns are lucky to have him though since he is a beast.

Elvis Dumervill DE – Went from the Broncos to the Ravens.  Even with the fax machine issue I think Dumervill will still do well in Baltimore.  It will just take him longer to get a Super Bowl ring now.

Mike Wallace WR – Went from the Steelers to the Dolphins.  Honestly, the only difference is weather.  Nice pick up for the Dolphins, but I do not see Wallace doing any better on the Dolphins then he did with the Steelers

Greg Jennings WR – Went from the Packers to the Vikings.  Only time will tell how this will pan out.  Rodgers is a MUCH better QB than Ponder; but Jennings is now playing with a run first team.  I think it will end up being a good deal for both parties.  Jennings wont put up numbers like he used to but he will still be a Pro Bowler.

Wes Welker WR – Went from the Patriots to the Broncos.  The only difference here is Welker’s uniform.  High powered offense, Hall of Fame QB, surrounded by weapons.  His numbers will go down because of Demaryius Thomas and Decker, but this is a good move for Welker and the Broncos.

Danny Amendola WR – Went from the Rams to the Patriots.  Picking up where Welker left off.  Despite what the Patriots want to say; Amendola is basically Welker in the offense.  As long as Amendola can stay healthy this will be a good thing for both parties.

Dashon Goldson S – Went from the 49ers to the Bucs.  This was a huge pickup for the Bucs, and a bone head move on the 49ers. 

Jake Long T – Went from the Dolphins to the Rams.  Now that Steven Jackson left the Rams who is Long blocking for?  I guess Bradford counts, but I think Long could have gone to a better team.

Ed Reed S – Ravens to the Texans.  This is a perfect fit and it is going to make the Texans defense even scarier.

Steven Jackson RB – Went from the Rams to the Falcons.  Perfect fit for Jackson and the Falcons. 

Ahmad Bradshaw RB – Went from the Giants to the Colts.  Even with his injuries this will be a great addition to the Colts running game.

Reggie Bush RB – Went from the Dolphins to the Lions.  I think this is where Bush needs to be; he will be a beast this year in Detroit.

Rashard Mendenhall RB – Went from the Steelers to the Cardinals.  It does not really matter where Mendenhall goes; he just needs to stay healthy.  With Beanie Wells being out of Arizona it does create a big opportunity for Mendenhall though.

Adrian Wilson S – Went from the Cardinals to the Patriots.  Brilliant move for Wilson and for the Patriots.

James Harrison LB – Went from the Steelers to the Bengals.  Even with his age; Harrison will make a huge impact on an already stout defense.

Glenn Dorsey DT – Went from the Chiefs to the 49ers.  He has had injuries, but he is joining one of the best defenses in the NFL.  I think this will be a great move for Dorsey and the 49ers.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB – Eagles to the Broncos.  another reason why the Broncos are going to be a hard team to beat.

Terrance Knighton DT – Jaguars to the Broncos.

Josh Cribbs WR – Browns to the Raiders

Tracy Porter CB – Broncos to the Raiders

Chris Canty DT – Giants to the Ravens

Dwight Freeney DE – Colts to the Chargers

Shaun Philips LB – Chargers to the Broncos

Dunta Robinson CB – Falcons to the Chiefs

Anthony Fasano TE – Dolphins to the Chiefs

Shonn Greene RB – Jets to the Titans

Matt Slauson G – Jets to the Bears

LaRon Landry S – Jets to the Colts

Charles Woodson CB – Packers to the Raiders

Israel Idonije DE – Bears to the Lions

Philip Wheeler LB – Raiders to the Dolphins

Dustin Keller TE – Jets to the Dolphins

Brandon Myers TE – Raiders to the Giants

Connor Barwin LB – Texans to the Eagles

Osi Umenyiora DE – Giants to the Falcons

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has there own idea of who is good and who is bad; who is a sleeper and who is a bust.  Based on the research I have done, watching the draft, and staying updated on NFL news I have come up with my list of busts for the 2013 season.  In my eyes; a bust is a player who is ranked high on the ranking chart; but is not going to perform to expectations.  Most of these busts are players who are strctly ranked high because of their name; but there are some who are getting a lot of attention but I do not feel they will perform the way fans think they will. 

DeMarco Murray RB Cowboys – Not only do the Cowboys have a mediocre offensive line, but Murray is an injury junkie.  It seems like everytime I read about him he is injured and trying to get healthy.  On top of that he has never played a full season due to injuries.  Now I know Murray is a strong runner but it makes fantasy owners not want to draft him when he is always hurt.  He could prove me wrong in 2013; but I doubt it.

Cam Newton QB Panthers – The reason Newton is making this list is due in part that he wants to throw the ball more.  Newton in my opinion is not a pocket passer like Tom Brady or Drew Brees.  Newton is a scrambling QB who can make plays with his feet or make throws on the run.  So it makes me nervous that he wants to be more of a pocket passer because that is just not his style.  Not to mention he only really has one good WR in Steve Smith.  Just on pure number Newton has had 29 interceptions in 2 seasons; that averages out to be about 15 interceptions a year.  So if he does try to force throwing the ball I imagine that number will only go up.

David Wilson RB Giants – For some reason everyone is ranking Wilson to be one of the better running backs in 2013.  I look at it as he is going to be splitting time with Andre Brown and Brown will get the majority of the goal line carries.  Now I am not saying that Wilson is going to do bad; but I dont think he is going to put up the numbers experts are predicting.  Also, the Giants still have a pretty shakey offensive line that could make it difficult to run the ball.  I think he is still worth drafting; but not until the 6th or 7th Round.

Montee Ball RB Broncos – I know it is weird to have a rookie on the bust list; but it is not because of Ball at all; it is because of the team.  The Broncos are a passing team and Fox has never been happy about starting rookies.  Fox will give Ball the carries; but he will be splitting time with 2 other running backs who have tenure on him.  Ball will still get good playing time; but he is another example of being ranked higher than he should be.  Sae with Ball; if he is available in Round 6 or 7 then I think he is worth taking but no earlier than that.

Rob Gronkowski TE Patriots – I do know that Gronk is an amazing tight end; when he is healthy and that is still going to take some time.  He had numerous surgeries in the off season and he will miss some time.  So if you take a gamble on him and draft him early then you will need to snag another TE until he gets healthy which may not be until week 5 of the season.  Even when he does come back there is no guarantee that he will play like he did before; I would be careful about drafting Gronk this season.  Plus with Hernandez gone he will have more coverage once he does come back which will make it hard for Brady to get him the ball.

Pierre Garcon WR Redskins – When Garcon is hot he is super hot; but when he is injured he is super cold….obviously.  The problem is that Garcon was hurt for pretty much the entire 2012 season.  I have read that he is better now and should be good to go for 2013; but it is hard to believe because he is always getting injured.  Plus everyone is still waiting to see what happens with RGIII; if RGIII cant play right away then the Redskins will run the ball more than they pass and that is no good for Garcon.

Antonio Brown WR Steelers – The reason Brown made this list is because he has never been put into the #1 WR role before so it is hard to tell how he will handle it.  He obviously does not have the speed that Mike Wallace had and Brown had some issues with ball control in 2012.  Lets not forget about Big Ben; he has never been a huge fantasy QB since the Steelers are a running team.  And now with the Steelers having 4 RB’s on the roster it would not surprise me is they run the ball more than they pass.

 

There have been 47 Super Bowls and some of those games have been kind of boring; and then some have left us on the edge of out seats.  The Super Bowl is what every football player dreams of, playing in front of millions, getting a championship ring, and cementing a legacy for yourself and your team.  Below is my list of the best Super Bowls ever played.

9. Super Bowl XXVIII – Patriots pinned against the Panthers and it was a close one.  The Patriots were 14-2 while the under dog Panthers were 11-5.  It was kind of a slow game until the second quarter, and then the game opened up.  Between the two teams there was 868 yards of offense and combined 61 points.  The Panthers hung in there for the entire game and actually took a 4th quarter lead.  I remember watching the game and knowing Brady was going to drive them down the field.  Brady got the Pats into field goal range and Vinatieri drilled another game winning field goal.  Final score was Patriots 32 and Panthers 29.

8. Super Bowl XXXII – This game is memorable due to the quarterback match-up.  Broncos and Packers were two power houses going into the Super Bowl with Favre leading the Packers and Elway guiding the Broncos.  The Packers were looking to win their second straight Super Bowl, but the Broncos had other plans.  The Broncos had never won a Super Bowl before and Elway and Davis made sure that the Packers did not win.  Davis ran for 3 touchdowns and Elways famous “helicopter run” showed how hungry the Broncos were for a Championship.  Favre almost had a comeback, but it was not meant to be.  The final score was Broncos 31 and Packers 24.

7. Super Bowl XLIII – I remember watching this Super Bowl and found myself rooting for the under dog Cardinals even though the Steelers were favored to win.  This was the first time the Cardinals had ever been to the Super Bowl and the Steelers have the most Super Bowl experience.  The Cardinals hung in there despite being down 17 to 7 at halftime.  Right before halftime; Harrison picked off Warner and took it back 100 yards for a TD.  In the 4th quarter Larry Fitzgerald went off scoring two touchdowns, but it was the touchdown by Santonio Holmes at the end of the game that sealed the deal for the Steelers.  Final score Steelers 27 and Cardinals 23.

6. Super Bowl XXXVI – Believe it or not the Patriots were the under dogs against the Rams in this game.  The first half of this game was all Patriots; by halftime the score was 14 to 3 for New England.  Going into the 4th quarter the score was New England 17 and Rams 3; then Kurt Warner went on a rampage by running in a touchdown and throwing another one to tie the game with only a few minutes left on the clock.  On the Patriots final drive, Brady was amazing.  He drove his team down the field and set them up for the game winning field goal, which Vinatieri nailed.  Final score was Patriots 20 and Rams 17.

5. Super Bowl XXIII – The 49ers were set to play the Bengals in what was supposed to be a lop-sided game for the 49ers.  Through the first 3 quarters the 49ers were having lots of struggles and the Bengals jumped to a 13 to 6 lead.  When the 4th quarter came; so did the Niners offense and Joe Montana had a touchdown to Jerry Rice to tie the game.  But the Bengals held in and put together a drive that ended in a field goal to regain the lead.  The 49ers were up against the wall and Montana had to deliver on the last drive.  Montana was perfect in driving the team down the field and hit John Taylor on a 10-yard touchdown pass to seal the win for the 49ers.  Final score 49ers 20 and Bengals 16.

4. Super Bowl XXXIV – We always talk about how the offense goes on a final drive to win the game, but in the Super Bowl with the Rams and Titans it was the defense that had to step it up at the end.  It was all Rams the first half, by halftime it was Rams 9 and Titans 0; then in the third quarter the Rams scored the first touchdown to extend the lead to 16.  That is when the Titans realized they needed to get to work and fast; so Eddie George put the team on his shoulders and ran for 2 touchdowns and the Titans scored a field goal to tie the game at 16.  That was when Kurt Warner tossed a beautiful 73 yard touchdown to Isaac Bruce to regain the lead.  The Titans had one last chance and McNair was driving the Titans down the field one play at a time.  With no timeouts left the Titans had one play left and they needed a touchdown.  They were on the Rams 10 yard line, no timeouts, six seconds left.  McNair drops back and connects on a pass to Dyson, linebacker Mike Jones grabbed Dysons legs and brought him to the ground as Dyson reached out for the goal line, only to be stopped at the 1-yard line.  The final score Rams 23 and Titans 16.

3. Super Bowl XLII – Patriots went into the Super Bowl undefeated and looking to join the Dolphins as being the only undefeated team to win a Super Bowl.  But the Wild Card Giants were not going to lay down and take it.  There were very few people who thought the Giants could knock off the Patriots….very few.  The game was back and fourth most of the time and it was the fourth quarter where all the action took place.  The Giants took the lead when Manning hit Tyree for a touchdown, but the Pats answered back with a touchdown to Moss with only 2:42 left to play.  The final drive was a crazy one and Manning orchestrated one of the craziest pass plays in NFL history.  He ran around from defenders then chucked the ball to the middle of the field where Tyree caught the ball off his helmet, and then Manning hit Burress for the go ahead score.  The Patriots had no answer and ended up losing the final game.  The final score Giants 17 and Patriots 14.

2. Super Bowl XIII – This was an amazing match-up between the Steelers and the Cowboys.  14 future Hall of Famers played in this game and it was a Super Bowl I wish I could have seen live.  The Steelers and Cowboys were exchanging scores all the way up to the 4th quarter.  Then the Steelers scored two straight touchdowns to give them a 35 to 17 lead.  The Cowboys came back though with a pair of touchdowns of their own.  The play that will always be remembered is the play that would have won it for the Cowboys.  Staubach threw a pass to the endzone and it hit Jackie Smith right between the numbers and he dropped it.  That swung the game over to the Steelers who hung on to win it.  Final score was Steelers 35 and Cowboys 31.

1. Super Bowl XXV – This was a very intense Super Bowl between the Bills and the Giants.  Both teams played great football with no turnovers and very evenly matched.  The Bills were predicted to win, but the Giants held their ground and gave them a run for thei money.  At one point the Bills were up 12 to 3 after a Bruce Smith safety, but that is when the Giants cut the lead by Baker catching a touchdown pass to make it 12 to 10.  The Giants then scored again on a 1-yard Anderson touchdown to give the Giants a 17 to 12 lead.  In the fourth quarter Thurman Thomas had a 31-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a 19 to 17 lead.  The Giants then put together a nice long drive that ended in a field goal to push the Giants to a 20 to 19 lead.  Buffalo then rode on the shoulders of Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas and they drove down to the Giants 29 yard line to set up a Norwood field goal with only 8 seconds left.  As the kick went up it looked long enough, but it sailed wide right and the Giants held on to win 20 to 19.

 

The NFL was formed in 1920 and since that time there has been 92 league champions.  Six of those championships were won by teams that do now exist anymore.  Out of those 86 championships over half of those have been won by only six teams.  Some teams will have a great year and then tank the next, but the teams that are included in this list have stood the test of time and are considered the best NFL franchises of all time.  I know that people may not agree with the list below, but I am factoring in; championships, revenue, player ability, coaching ability, and front office ability.  These are presented in no particular order.

Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys have always been considered “Americas Team” and they are still a young franchise.  They have been around since 1960 and they have won 5 Super Bowls and have produced some outstanding players and coaches.  The Cowboys have had 30 playoff appearances and have won 21 Division Championships.  Tom Landry has been the most notable Cowboy coach and is considered one of the greatest coaches of all time.  In the 1990s, Jimmy Johnson led the Cowboys to 2 Super Bowl victories with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.  The Cowboys will always be a loved, and hated team in the NFL

San Francisco 49ers – Established in 1946 the Niners had a rocky start by only making the playoffs 4 times in 30 years.  After hiring Bill Walsh the 49ers started to become a dynasty.  In 49er history they have won 5 Super Bowls, had 25 playoff appearances, and 19 Divisional Championships.  The 49ers had Super Bowl wins in the 1980s and 1990s making them one of the most dominant teams in the NFL.  There have been numerous outstanding players play for San Fran; Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Joe Perry, Ronnie Lott, and Jimmy Johnson.  The Niners have had their share of poor seasons, but they always find a way to bounce back; just like they did in 2011 and 2012 where they just fell short of winning the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Founded in 1933 the Steelers have always had a power packed team.  They have had 6 Super Bowls victories, 27 playoff appearances, and 20 Divisional Championships.  The Steelers had a tough start only making one playoff game in 36 seasons, but since the 1970s they have remained as a solid contender every year.  The Steelers have had a lot of Hall of Famers with players and coaches; Terry Bradshaw, Chuck Noll, Franco Harris, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, and Lynn Swann.  No matter what happens to the Steelers they will always be a great team and a superior franchise.

New York Giants – The Giants are one of the oldest NFL teams, founded in 1925 and won their first championship in 1927.  The Giants have won 8 Championships, 4 of those are Super Bowls, 31 playoff appearances, and 16 Divisional Championships.  The Giants have had some amazing coaches and players as well, such as; Bill Parcells, Lawrence Taylor, Phill Sims, Frank Gifford, and Sam Huff.  The Giants took out the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl and took the world by storm by beating the Patriots again a few years later in another Super Bowl.  The Giants have had a stable organization for decades and it will continue to stay that way for years to come.

Chicago Bears – Founded in 1920 the Bears are one of the oldest franchises in history, and they have the most regular season wins then any other franchise.  The Bears have only won one Super Bowl but they have 9 total Championships.  George Halas coached the Bears for 40 years and is one of the most legendary coaches of all time.  The Bears also hold the record for most points scored in a game which is 73 against the Redskins.  The Bears also have 26 playoff appearances and 18 Divisional Championships.  Some of the greats to play for the Bears are; Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Brian Piccolo, and Sid Luckman.  It has been a long time since the Bears have been to a championship game, but you can always count on the Bears being a great defensive team.

Green Bay Packers – Founded in 1919, the Packers have stood the test of time to be one of the greatest franchises ever.  Not only have they won 4 Super Bowls; they were a powerhouse pre-Super Bowls as well.  In total the Packers have won 13 Championships, 28 playoff appearances, and 15 Divisional Championships.  The Super Bowl Trophy was named after Packer legend Vince Lombardi and there are countless Hall of Fame players from Green Bay; such as, Herb Adderley, Don Hutson, Ray Nitschke, Reggie White, Jim Taylor, and Bart Starr.  The Packers remain a powerhouse to this day and they are always a scary team to play.