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We get to hear it almost everyday about how wealthy some NFL contracts are, and how much NFL teams will spend on their team.  Sometimes the numbers seem outlandish and un-realistic; but they are very real and crazy to think about.  This article is going the other way; how much each NFL franchise is worth.  Surprisingly enough almost every team makes very good money (except for a few); but it is interesting to see how much a team makes compared to how “good” the team actually is. 

When you think about a revenue stream for an NFL team it is really is a science.  Even though owners will shell out a lot of money to player, coaches, and stadiums; the real revenue comes from us; the fans.  The NFL does obviously contribute to each team but think about how NFL teams make their money.  There are ticket sales, season ticket holders, VIP suites, parking, merchandise sales, television, cable, etc.  So like I was saying; even though owners will shell out a lot of money; there is a ton of money coming in.  Below is the complete list of the richest and poorest NFL teams as of 2013. 

1. Dallas Cowboys – Worth $2.3 billion
2. New England Patriots – Worth 1.8 billion
3. Washington Redskins – Worth $1.7 billion
4. New York Giants – Worth $1.55 billion
5. Houston Texans – Worth $1.45 billion
6. New York Jets – Worth $1.38 billion
7. Philadelphia Eagles – Worth 1.31 billion
8. Chicago Bears – Worth $1.25 billion
9. Baltimore Ravens – Worth $1.22 billion
10. San Francisco 49ers – Worth $1.22 billion
11. Indianapolis Colts – Worth $1.2 billion
12. Green Bay Packers – Worth $1.18 billion
13. Denver Broncos – Worth $1.16 billion
14. Pittsburgh Steelers – Worth $1.11 billion
15. Seattle Seahawks – Worth $1.08 billion
16. Miami Dolphins – Worth $1.07 billion
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Worth $1.06 billion
18. Carolina Panthers – Worth $1.05 billion
19. Tennessee Titans – Worth $1.05 billion
20. Kansas City Chiefs – Worth $1 billion
21. Minnesota Vikings – Worth $1 billion
22. Cleveland Browns – Worth $1 billion
23. New Orleans Saints – Worth $1 billion
24. Arizona Cardinals – Worth $961 million
25. San Diego Chargers – Worth $949 million
26. Atlanta Falcons – Worth $933 million
27. Cincinnati Bengals – Worth $924 million
28. Detroit Lions – Worth $900 million
29. St. Louis Rams – Worth $875 million
30. Buffalo Bills – Worth $870 million
31. Jacksonville Jaguars – Worth $840 million
32. Oakland Raiders – Worth $825 million

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Adrian Peterson is arguably the best running of our time; even one of the best running backs of all time.  Adrian Peterson made an immediate impact in the NFL and he has been a dominating force ever since.  Peterson has had to overcome a lot of personal adversity, injuries, and family issues to get where he is today.  It is very rare to find a running back who plays like Peterson does.  In the NFL today he is a true inspiration to current players and the perfect role model for young players who want to follow in his foot steps.

Adrian Lewis Peterson was born March 21st, 1985 in Texas to Bonita Brown and Nelson Peterson.  Both of his parents were amazing athletes.  Nelson was a shooting guard for Idaho State and his mother was a three-time Texas state champion at her high school and attended University of Houston on a full scholarship for track.  Adrian was very close to his brother Brian, when Adrian was 7 he saw his brother get killed by a drunk driver.  Adrian channeled his anger through sports and was a star Pop Warner football player by the time he was 12.  When Adrian was 13 his father was arrested for laundering money for a cocaine drug ring.

In high school Peterson also did track and field along with basketball and football.  Adrian was better at football than anything else and as a junior at his high school he rushed for 2,051 yards and 22 touchdowns.  Because of his junior year performance he was attracting a lot of Division I colleges by the time his senior year came around.  As a senior he blew up even more; he rushed for an astounding 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns.  It was highly debated that Peterson might go straight from high school to the NFL, but he wanted to get an education from a college.  He had offers from Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Miami; but Peterson wanted to go to a school where he could be a big part of the team and had a National Title shot.  After being ranked the best high school player in the country he decided to go to Oklahoma.

Peterson wasted no time making a name for himself at Oklahoma; his freshman year he led the nation in carries and rushed for 1,925 yards.  As a freshman he finished second in the Heisman Trophy race which is just unbelievable for a freshman.  The Sooners finished their perfect season and went to the 2005 Orange Bowl where they lost to the USC Trojans.  Because of his hard running he had to have a surgery on his shoulder as soon as the season was over so he could re-build the muscle around his joint.  As a sophomore he was hampered by a high ankle sprain most of the season, but still pounded out 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns.  The Sooners finished 8-4 which was the worst season they had since 1999.  That season Peterson was awarded a member of the All-Big 12 Conference Team.  As a junior his father was released from prison and could finally watch his son play.  Peterson missed 7 games due to a broken collar bone and despite being hurt he still managed 1,112 yards as a junior.  Peterson has learned to play though pain and that still shows to this day.  In his college career he ended up with 4,045 yards, made the All-American Team, won the Jim Brown Trophy, and was a Heisman Finalist.

Peterson decided to skip his senior year and go into the NFL Draft.  He was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings with the 7th overall pick in 2007.  After being drafted he signed a 6 year $40.5 million contract.  There were high hopes going into his rookie year and he did not disappoint.  He was setting franchise records and NFL records in his first year.  In one game he rushed for an NFL record 296 yards against the Chargers.  Toward the end of his rookie year he was injured and missed a month, but he still came back.  In 2008 he was a machine and led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,760 rushing yards.  This was the year that everyone really saw how good Peterson really was; he had some issues fumbling the ball, but that is something that he fixed in order to be a better player.  In 2009 the Vikings saw the arrival of Brett Favre and that diminished Peterson a little bit.  It was a great season for the Vikings, but they just fell short of the Super Bowl.  In 2010 he went over the 5,000 career rushing yard mark and was averaging 114 yards per game.  This season he only fumbled one time which was a huge improvement over previous years.  In 2011 the Vikings re-signed Peterson to a 7 year $96 million contract making him the highest paid running back in NFL history.  At the end of the season Peterson had a terrible injury and tore his ACL and MCL.  That kind of injury would take a normal person at least 14 months to recover from.  As determined as Peterson was he was playing football again just 8 months later.  In 2012 he had the best season he ever had by almost beating the NFL Record for rushing yards in a season.  He also earned NFL MVP honors.

In his career he has earned the 2007 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, 2012 NFL MVP, 2012 NFL Offensive Player of the Year,  5 Pro Bowls, 2 Rushing Titles, Pro Bowl MVP, and numerous NFL records.  Peterson still has a lot of years ahead of him and he has already had 8,849 rushing yards, 76 rushing touchdowns, and averaging 5 yards per carry.  Peterson is going to be around for a long time, and he has demonstrated that you can overcome anything that you set your mind to.  He pushes himself to a place where most people dare not go and he is getting rewarded for that effort.  Young players can learn a lot from a player like Peterson.

With the 2013 NFL schedules being released everyone is already analyzing how their teams are going to do.  Well I am no different; I just spent the last 24 hours going over each schedule to see who has a good chance at the playoffs and who has no shot at the playoffs.  I will go over each division and give a short description of their schedule then give a prediction of what I think their record will be.

+AFC EAST+
1. Patriots (14 – 2) – Patriots don’t have too hard of a schedule in 2013; they play the Jets twice, Bills twice, and the Panthers.  I do not see why the Patriots would not have anough good season.
2. Dolphins (10-6) – This was kind of surprising to me only because the Dolphins have a medium difficulty schedule this year and with the free agents they picked up they actually could have a good season.  The Dolphins will struggle in the beginning of the year with having to play the Colts and Falcons.
3. Bills (5 – 11) – Not really a shock because the Bills still don’t have a solid QB.  They are playing a lot of tough teams in 2013 like the Patriots, Bengals, and Falcons.  I do not expect them to be a sleeper team, I expect them to be the Bills and not do well.
4. New York Jets (2 – 14) – I really am not kidding with this prediction.  The Jets are really struggling and they have holes everywhere on that team.  The schedule they have does not help either; and to be honest the 2 wins I gave them are generous.

+AFC SOUTH+
1. Texans (13 – 3) – The Texans have a little tricky schedule, but they have really made an upgrade in the offseason so I think they can handle it.  They have a few easy games in the Titans, Rams, Jags, and Cardinals so I see another playoff berth in their future.
2. Colts (12 – 4) – The Colts are very similar to the Texans and there schedule has some difficult times, but with the additions they made I think they will be just fine.  In the beginning of the season the Colts might struggle with playing the 49ers, Seahawks, and Broncos before their bye week.
3. Titans (5 – 11) – The Titans are just like the Bills; they have some talent, but there are a lot of holes in the team.  They have a rough start to the season playing the Steelers then the Texans; and later in the season they have the 49ers and the Seahawks.  I am not expecting too much from the Titans
4. Jaguars (3-13) – Even with them getting the second overall pick I don’t see them making any drastic turn arounds.  It is going to be a long season for the Jaguars who play the Colts twice, Texans twice, Seahawks, and 49ers.

+AFC NORTH+
1. Bengals (11 – 5) – Some people may disagree with this, but based on the schedules it really could happen.  The Ravens and the Steelers are not going to be as dominant as they usually are; and with the Bengals having a great offseason they very well could win the AFC North.  I am betting the Bengals will be a huge sleeper team
2. Brown (9 – 7) – Once again I am sure people are wondering if I am crazy, but the Browns could be a lot better then they were in 2012.  They made some key pick ups in the offseason for their defense and I am sure they will add more in the draft.If Weeden steps his game up the Browns really could be a hard team to beat.
3. Steelers (8 – 8) – I am not really expecting a big performance from the Steelers this year since they lost a bunch of players in the offseason.  They have not made any offseason moves and they are relying on the draft to save them. 
4. Ravens (7 – 9) – With all the players the Ravens have lost they really do not stand a chance at a playoff run.  I know they picked some people up, but it will not be a contender team right away.  Plus they have some difficult games ahead of them.

+AFC WEST+
1. Broncos (14 – 2) – This is no surprise to anyone; as long as this team stays healthy they will be the team to beat in the AFC.  They do not have a hard schedule with playing the Raiders, Giants, Jags, Chiefs, and Redskins.  Even if they had a hard schedule the Broncos would still have a great season.
2. Chiefs (8 – 8) – The Chiefs are going to be a good team eventually, coming off a terrible season they will be better in the 2013 season.  There are a few games that could go either way for the Chiefs; so if they pull some close games out they might be a Wild Card team.  Plus the Chiefs have made numerous upgrades to the team that will make them much better than in 2012.
3. Chargers (6 – 10) – Charger have some good players, but they have not found a way to put it all together.  They still have a terrible offensive line and Rivers has been turning the ball over a lot.  I don’t see them making any drastic improvements in 2013.
4, Raiders (3 – 13) – Even with the signing of Flynn; the Raiders are still not going to be a contender for the playoffs.  They lost a handful of defensive players and the offense is still not a dominant force.  I don’t see them being any worse than 2012, but I also don’t see them improving in 2013.

+NFC EAST+
1. Cowboys (8 – 8) – The Cowboys don’t have a hard schedule, but the Cowboys are their own worst enemy.  The NFC East is full of sloppy teams, and the Cowboys have the best chance to win the NFC East.  The Cowboys have a lot of talent and young players, so if they can pull it together they will have a good season
2. Eagles (6 – 10) – The Eagles made some improvements on the defensive side, but there is still a huge question mark where the QB should be.  The Eagles could be a power house of a flop depending on who is leading the team.  For now I am assuming Vick will be the one under center and that can only lead to losses.
3. Redskins (5 – 11) – RGIII is a machine and he should be healthy for the start of the season.  Also, the Redskins have a dominating run attack and a pretty solid defense.  So why am I not giving them a better record?  The actually have a pretty tough schedule and most of the Redskins are still young and inexperienced.  They have to play the Packers, Broncos, 49ers, Falcons, and Vikings.
4. Giants (5 – 11) – The Giants in my opinion have fallen down quite a bit.  They have lost a handful of defensive stars and are having trouble keeping their current stars.  The Giants also have a tough schedule ahead of them so I do not think they will be having a good 2013 season.

+NFC SOUTH+
1. Falcons (14 – 2) – The Falcons have made a huge splash in the offseason by picking up some valuable players.  They have a pretty simple schedule to go along with it.  As long as they stay healthy they should coast into a playoff spot.
2. Bucs (9 – 7) – The Bucs picked up some defensive players to strengthen the secondary; and the offense has a lot of talent.  As long as Freeman can put the ball in the end zone; and not to the other team; then the Bucs should have a solid year.  They do have some tricky games with the Pats, Falcons, Seahawks, and 49ers though.
3. Saints (8 – 8) – The Saints had the worst defense in 2012 and I know they are working on that to make it better.  But this is the first season with their head coach back and I am sure it will take some time before the Saints get back to where they were before.  The Saints will have some challenges in their schedule as well so hopefully Brees and company have a few tricks up their sleeves.
4. Panthers (3 – 13) – The Panthers still need a lot of help and they have not really addressed them in the offseason.  Also, the Panther have a hard schedule which does not help their cause.  They have to play the Falcons, Vikings, Pats, 49ers, and Seahawks.

+NFC North+
1. Packers (11 – 5) – Eben with losing Jennings the Packers will still be an amazing passing team, which will win them a lot of games.  The secondary has some holes that need to be fixed, but the Packers will still have a tight defense as well.  The Packers have a medium difficulty in schedule, but they should handle it just fine.
2. Vikings (10 – 6) – The Vikings are going to surprise a lot of people in 2013.  They made some key offensive changes and are looking to add to an already stout defense.  The big question with the Vikings is Ponder; so if he can start playing better then the Vikings will have a great chance at the playoffs.
3. Bears (10 – 6) – The Bears had some good upgrade on the offensive side of the ball, but lost a big player on defense in Urlacher.  The Bears are going to have some close games this year and if they can pull those games out then they could win the NFC North.
4. Lions (7 – 9) – The Lions added a few players, but they lost some big time players in the offseason.  They still have weapons on offense, but the defense is going to be sloppy.  I get the feeling that the Lions will put up a lot of points, but also give up a lot of points.

+NFC WEST+
1. 49ers (15 – 1) – I am sure a lot of people are rolling their eyes at me by saying the 49ers will only lose one game, but you have to take a deep look at that team.  They just added another big time receiver, they have 3 solid running backs, a QB that can run and throw, and a stellar defense.  The Niners will have their challenges, but this team is going to be very hard to beat especially at home.
2. Seahawks (14 – 2) – The Seahawks had a very impressive offseason and picked up a lot of defensive players that will make it very hard to score on.  The offense also got a face lift and I imagine they will be putting up big offensive numbers.  For the first time in a long time the NFC West is going to be a power house and the Seahawks will have a great season.
3. Rams (3 – 13) – This is just another typical year for the Rams; they lost a bunch of players in the offseason and only added a few back.  The defensive secondary is very soft and I really don’t see any progress with the Rams in 2013.
4. Cardinals (2 – 14) – I know the Cardinlas have made a lot of pick ups in the offseason, but that doesn’t mean they are going to be good.  Palmer will have a learning curve and this will be the first time Mendenhall is going to be starting since 2010.  The defense lost Adrian Wilson, and they will struggle hard for that.