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Three weeks of the 2013 NFL season is now in the books and it has already been a crazy ride.  There are teams that were supposed to do well that are not, teams that were not supposed to good who are, rookies making big plays, and crazy trades.  I made some predictions a few months ago about who I think was going to win their division and obviously I need to throw those out the window.  Below is some new predictions based on what has happened so far in the first three weeks thus far.

In the NFC East the big surprise for me is that the New York Giants are 0-3, while the Dallas Cowboys are 2-1.  Also, a lot of people had high hopes after the Eagles opening game, but after winning their first game they have dropped two straight.  I had some high hopes for the Washington Redskins, but I was way off on that since they have started their season 0-3.  With what has happened so far it would not surprise me to see the Cowboys take the NFC East; the only other team that might have a shot is the Eagles, but Vick needs to step his game up for that to happen.  As long as Romo keeps playing the way he has they should be able to roll through the rest of the season.  Romo in three games has had 6 touchdowns and only one interception which is a huge improvement since the 2012 season.

In the NFC North the Bears are on top with a 3-0 record behind their powerful defense.  The Bears are only allowing 88 yards per game on the ground and less than 300 passing yards a game.  The Bears are also passing the ball better and Marshall has already pulled in 20 receptions and two touchdowns.  The Bears offensive line is getting the job done as well only allowing 3 sacks so far this season.  On the other end the Vikings are 0-3 even with Adrian Peterson scoring 3 touchdowns so far this season.  The Detroit Lions have had some close games but they are at 2-1 behind a brutal passing game.  Stafford already has over 1,000 passing yards and 6 touchdowns, and with all the weapons the Lions have on offense this may be the year they make a playoff push.  The surprise here is the Green Bay Packer losing to the 49ers and to the Bengals.  Rodgers does have 8 touchdowns, but the Packers are pretty banged up when it comes to the running backs.  As long as the Bears and Lions keep playing the way they have been I think one of them could take the division.

In the NFC South the Saints are off to a big start at 3-0 behind the great play of Brees and Graham.  Jimmy Graham has already pulled in 4 touchdowns while Brees has thrown 6 touchdowns.  I am a bit surprised that the Falcons are 1-2, but with Roddy White and Steven Jackson injured it makes a little more sense.  Once the Falcons can get healthy they should be able to make a comeback from their terrible start.  The Panthers are being led by Cam Newton but the rest of the team is letting him down and they are 1-2 so far.  I am surprised that the Bucs are having this many issues already.  They are 0-3 and the defense is not playing up to the standard people had anticipated; and the offense is not getting the ball into their playmakers hands.  Vincent Jackson has 15 receptions and is yet to reach the end zone.  Doug Martin is doing his best to carry the team with 297 rushing yards, but he has only reached the end zone one time.  I think the Saints are going to be a strong contender this year and the will be tough to beat.

The NFC West has the Seattle Seahawks on top with a 3-0 record behind the outstanding play of Russell Wilson and the defense.  The Seahawks have only allowed 27 points in 3 games with is only a 9 point average.  The Seattle defense is also only allowing 146 passing yards a game which makes them the best defense in the NFL right now.  As for the 49ers, they are having some major struggles right now after a lot of people predicted them to be one of the best teams.  They have 3 key players out right now with injuries (Davis, Crabtree, and Manningham), but Colin is not playing well.  The 49ers can turn it around but they need to step it up in every aspect of the game.  The Cardinals and the Rams are both 1-2 which was to be expected from both of them.  I think the Seahawks will be the team to beat, but the 49ers could come back from this and be a contender.

In the AFC East the Patriots and the Dolphins are both 3-0.  Yes; you heard right, the Miami Dolphins are undefeated.  The Dolphins have been laying excellent defense, but Ryan Tannehill is becoming a leader for the team.  Tannehill may not put up the number Tom Brady does, but he knows how to win.  Speaking of Tom Brady, he is adjusting well to the young receivers around him while he waits for Amendola to heal.  The Patriots defense is making a huge contribution as well by only allowing 34 points so far.  They are only allowing 188 passing yards per game as well.  The surprise for me is the New York Jets; they are now 2-1 behind their rookie QB Geno Smith.  Even with Geno learning he has found a way to lead the Jets to victory with a dismal running game, and a banged up receiving squad.  The Bills are 1-2 behind their rookie QB EJ Manuel, but the Bills are having more issues than anticipated.  Spiller is not putting up the numbers people had expected so its putting a lot of pressure on Manuel.  I can see the Patriots making a playoff push, but honestly I think the Dolphins could be a Wild Card team as long as they keep pulling wins.

In the AFC North the Bengals are playing some good football which has made them 2-1.  Andy Dalton has already put the ball in the end zone 5 times and has been connecting with AJ Green for a lot of them.  The Bengals have an improved run game as well with Ben Jarvus Green Ellis and Giovani Bernard making them a difficult offense to slow down.  The Ravens are also 2-1 even with the absence of Ray Rice and Jacoby Jones.   The Browns have traded away Trent Richardson and are talking about trading Greg Little and Josh Gordan which has made them a 1-2 team.  No one is really sure why the Browns are getting rid of all their playmakers, but thats Cleveland for ya.  The biggest surprise here is the Steelers being 0-3.  Big Ben and company have had a lot of offensive struggles and has been putting too much pressure on the defense.  I don’t see the Steelers making a playoff push this year, but I do think the Bengals have a strong chance to take the division.

The AFC South is a race thus far with the Texans, Titans, and Colts all being 2-1.  The Jaguars are exactly what we thought with a 0-3 record.  The Texans offense has not been as deadly as last year but they are finding ways to win.  Arian Foster is only averaging 3.9 yards per carry and has only had one rushing touchdown so far.  The Titans running game is much of the same with Chris Johnson only averaging 3.7 yards per carry and is yet to find the end zone.  The Colts acquired Trent Richardson from the Browns and is splitting carries with Ahmad Bradshaw which gives the Colts a huge advantage in the back field.  Andrew Luck is throwing the ball well and finding all his receivers in crucial situations.  The Jaguars are struggling everywhere, Maurice Jones-Drew is yet to have a breakout game, and the defense has allowed 92 points already which averages 30 points a game for opposing teams.  With three teams having the same record its hard to say who will come out on top, but as of right now I think the Colts have the best chance.

Finally the AFC West its the Broncos and Chiefs who have 3-0 records.  It has been a shock with the Chiefs since they were the worst team in the NFL last year and now with a new head coach and new players they are undefeated.  Alex Smith is not going to put up Peyton Manning numbers, but Smith does have 4 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions.  Jamaal Charles is also stepping up by having 2 rushing touchdowns and averaging 4.3 yards per carry.  The Broncos are playing behind their veteran QB Peyton Manning who leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 12 and zero interceptions.  Manning also leads the NFL in passing yards with 1,143 and completing 73% of his passes.  The Raiders and Chargers are both 1-2, but the Chargers are showing life in Rivers.  Philip Rivers is second in the NFL in touchdown passes with 8 and only 1 interception.  The Raiders are struggling, but they have found a diamond in the rough with Pryor.  The Broncos will win the division, but the Chiefs could be a wild card team.

 

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The NFL season is not too far away, teams are doing training camps, and players are starting to get ranked for fantasy football.  This year there is going to be a lot of players that everybody is going to try and get.  A sleeper is a player that people may be overlooked because of previous seasons, their off field issues, or because of the team they are on; but they will put up a lot of fantasy points despite all of that.  The sleeper players I am putting on this list are players that you will want to try and draft after round 4.  The first few rounds people know who they want to draft and they are normally very popular players.  So in no particular order here is a list of players that could be sleepers for the 2013 NFL season.

Maurice Jones-Drew RB Jaguars – MJD has had some injuries in past seasons and a very shakey offensive line.  He is now totally healthy and the Jaguars beefed up their offensive line.  Not to mention that the Jaguars put in a new offense that will utilize MJD to his full potential.  Expect MJD to run for at least 1200 yards and 7 TDs

Chris Johnson RB Titans – Chris Johnson used to be one of the first running backs taken in fantasy drafts, but he has had some rocky seasons.  The Titans made a lot of improvements to their offensive line and Johnson is fully healthy.  Look for him to have at least 1300 rushing yards and 6 TDs.  Not to mention he is a good receiver too; he will pull in points off receptions too.

Reggie Bush RB Lions – Bush has been bounced around a lot and has not totally lived up to the hype coming out of college; but he started to gain a lot of momentum with Miami and that will only get better now he is in Detroit.  Bush will split carries with Leshoure, but he will be a huge addition to the pass game.  Remember the Lions pass the ball a lot; and Bush has the speed to make a huge impact.  He will total up at least 8 TDs this year and around 1400 total yards.

Lamar Miller RB Dolphins – Miller should pick up right where Bush left.  Miller is a big physical runner who wont shy away from running a defender over.  Most people have never heard of him because this is the first year he will be a starter.  The Dolphins like to run the ball and Miller will take most of the carries.  He has the potential to go over 1000 rushing yards and having 7 TDs.

Chris Ivory RB Jets – Ivory has made it very clear that he is excited to be a Jet and that he plans on having his best year.  This is his first chance to be a starting running back after being a back up on the Saints for a number of years.  He will get a lot of carries; and the Jets run the ball more than they throw.  With the Jets passing game being a little risky; plan on them running a lot.  I think he could end up with 1100 rushing yards and 7 TDs by the end of the year.

Miles Austin WR Cowboys – Austin started his career with a bang; but over the last few seasons he has had one injury after another.  The Cowboys have basically said this year is a do or die for Austin; he is also on a contract year.  He is finally healthy and he is playing opposite of Dez Bryant who will pull a lot of double coverages.  The Cowboys are a throwing team so I can see Austin having 60 receptions, 800 or more yards, and 6 TDs.  As long as he stays healthy he should be a nice pick up.

Mike Williams WR Bucs – Williams has been a solid player for years now.  He wont put up numbers like Calvin Johnson, but he will consistently put up good fantasy numbers.  In the last 3 seasons, Williams has had at least 60 receptions.  The main receiver in Tampa Bay is Vincent Jackson; but if you dont get Jackson then get Williams he will have at least 60 receptions, over 900 yards, and 8 TDs.

Kenny Britt WR Titans – When Britt is healthy and on the football field he is one of the best out there.  He has had off field problems and health issues.  This is his contract year andif he wants to get another contract he will have to have a good year.  He is healthy, not in any legal troubles, and been training like a mad man.  Britt may be one of the biggest sleepers in 2013.  It would not surprise me if he had 70 receptions, 1000 yards, and 8 TDs.

Dwayne Bowe WR Chiefs – Over the last few seasons Bowe has not done much, but we all remember a few seasons ago when he was the best receiver when it came to fantasy points.  The Chiefs got a new head coach, new QB, and a new offense that will utilize Bowe more.  He is still young and has a lot of promise.  In previous years Bowe was a risky pick; I would take him in a heart beat now.  I think he could have 80 or more receptions, over 1100 receiving yards and 9 TDs.

Kyle Rudolph TE Vikings – There are numerous tight ends that will be drafted before Rudolph, but dont forget that he has a great relationship with QB Ponder and he will see a lot of targets.  Even with the Vikings signing Greg Jennings; you can still plan on Rudolph putting up good fantasy numbers.  He could end up with 65 receptions and 10 TDs.

Denarius Moore WR Raiders – The Raiders just got a new QB with Matt Flynn; and they got a new offense.  Moore is really the only reliable target in Oakland and you can plan on Flynn looking his way a lot.  The Raiders will still utilize the run game a lot; but Moore is a deep threat that you will want on your team.  He could end up with 55 receptions, 900 yards, and 6 TDs.

Alshon Jeffery WR Bears – Obviously Brandon Marshall is the main man i Chicago, but he is going to have a lot of double coverages on him.  That is where Jeffery comes in.  He is going to be a very reliable second option for Cutler and he just might be one of the biggest sleepers you could draft.  I could see him with 60 receptions, 800 yards, and 7 TDs.

Aaron Dobson WR Patriots – New England is having some major tight end issues so Brady is going to get very familiar with his receivers.  Amendola will be the main guy, but Dobson is going to be a solid player as well.  The Patriots like to throw the ball and Brady likes to distribute the ball to as many receivers as possible and Dobson will be on the receiving end of most of those.  He could have 50 receptions, 750 yards, and 8 TDs.

 

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.

Every team has some sort of throwback jersey that they will sometimes wear for an important game, or for an anniversary for the team.  Some throwbacks are really cool to look at and some are just awful to look at.  This list complies all the best looking throwback jerseys in NFL history (in no particular order).

1. San Diego Chargers – The “Powder Blue” jersey are easily on of the most recognizable throwbacks of all time.  The Chargers wore these jerseys for a long time in franchise history.  They will still wear them from time to time and they are some of the best selling jerseys during the Tomlinson era.

2. Tennessee Titans – From time to time the Titans will wear the Houston Oilers throwback jerseys.  They added a little flash with the numbers, but I always enjoy these jerseys and it makes me miss the old Oliers.  These also have a nice powder blue to it just like the old Chargers uniforms.  I sometimes wish the Titans would go back to these jerseys permanently.

3. New England Patriots – I personally love the old Patriots jerseys because it represents the losing Patriots from the 1970s.  Times have changed and the Patriots are now a dynasty and I love seeing these red jerseys with the Patriot on the helmet.  Since the Patriots are considered “Americas Team” it would be cool to have the old red, white, and blue uniforms come back.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – I have never been a huge fan of the current Eagles uniforms.  I remember watching the old school Eagles and loving the kelly green uniforms with the silver trim.  The Eagles wear these throwbacks from time to time, but I wish Philadelphia would have never changed these amazing jerseys.

5. St Louis Rams – In my opinion the Rams have always had pretty cool looking jerseys, but I was always a big fan of the yellow and blue Rams jerseys.  The year the Rams won the Super Bowl they wore these jerseys and after that season the Rams updated their uniforms to more of a gold and darker blue.  The Rams actually wear these throwbacks pretty regularly and its awesome.

6. New York Giants – The Giants are another team that have made lots of alterations to their uniforms, but I was always partial to the throwbacks because of the helmet saying “Giants” down the side.  I don’t have anything against the current uniforms, but it also reminds me of the Lawrence Taylor days.

7. Buffalo Bills – I love the white helmets with the bison on the side.  The regular helmets are similar, but I love how the throwbacks are just easy and pretty plain.  I actually enjoy the current uniforms because they have been rocking those same uniforms for the longest time, but the throwbacks they were should be worn more.

8. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys normally only wear these uniforms on Thanksgiving, but I love the plain white helmet with the plain blue star on it.  The jerseys are pretty silly in my opinion y having two separate colors on the shoulders and body, but they are still fun to see on occasion.