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The Carolina Panthers stormed onto the scene a year ago and proved that they have a defense that can play with some of the best teams in the league. They possessed a dominating pass rush and a young linebacking core that was hard to match. Quarterback Cam Newton resumed his role as a talented young signal caller despite having a lack of firepower. While they hope to return to the playoffs this year, it is highly unlikely.
The Buffalo Bills, like many other teams in the AFC East have spent the last decade looking up at the New England Patriots. The Patriots have had a strangle hold on the division leaving the rest of the teams fighting over a potential wildcard spot at best. That is all going to change this year as the Buffalo Bills have finally assembled a team that is worthy of competing with the Patriots.
The Baltimore Ravens have been a very successful Super Bowl winning franchise in recent years. With a good head coach and a strong quarterback, it was believed that the Ravens would compete for a title for years to come. However, that all changed with an 8-8 season and now it looks like the Ravens could be falling back to the pack.
The 2014 NFL season starts in just a few short weeks. Although it is just preseason, it is still football and that means that football bettors will be ready to go to the betting window and place a wager on the team that they believe will cover the spread.
NFL bettors desperate to get down on a real live NFL game will have that opportunity on August 3 when the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills kick off the 2014 Preseason with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH. Two teams looking to rebound from difficult seasons will get it started with an 8 p.m. kickoff from Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium, right next to the hallowed home containing the busts of football’s greatest players.
The Seattle Seahawks are the defending champions and they won the title a year ago with a combination of tough hard running and great defense. The leader of the offense from a running perspective is Marshawn Lynch. When in “Beast Mode” is runs have been legendary
The Atlanta Falcons are off a miserable season in which they underachieved in nearly every aspect of the game. Once considered Super Bowl contenders, the team instead plummeted out of playoff contention and into the top of the NFL draft. Now just a year later with some solid additions, the Falcons look to soar to the top of the division once again.
Change was needed in Washington D.C. after a 3-13 season from the Redskins. That change came in the form of a new coaching staff, as Mike Shanahan’s tumultuous relationship with Robert Griffin III came to an end with his dismissal and the hiring of Jay Gruden.
The Tennessee Titans are going to be an interesting team to follow this season. Their offensive and defensive statistics from last season are nearly mirror images of each other and the reason that they went 7-9 is because they played a daunting schedule and lost quarterback Jake Locker for the season in Week 9 after he missed Weeks 5 and 6. The Titans were just -12 in point differential against a schedule that featured the NFC West and AFC West for six of their 16 games.
The National Football League is all about the quarterback. They are usually the leaders of their teams and usually have the most impact on their team’s performance. Names like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees are always mentioned when speaking about the best quarterbacks
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