2013 NFC Team Previews

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  1. HotRod

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  2. JSimms

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    2013 Minnesota Vikings - Team Preview

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    The Vikings come into the 2013 season as NFC North favorites in TLY, having been to all four NFC Championship games in last year's release. Coach Simmons has new weapons on both sides of the ball, but many expect he'll continue to lean heavily on his workhouse, Adrian Peterson. This team is young on defense, especially in the secondary and may struggle to defend the pass. That said, the team had a great draft (which included 3 first round picks), and look primed for a playoff run in 2013 so long as QB Christian Ponder can continue to improve.

    Offense - The Vikings offensive scheme is no secret - hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson, and let him do his thing. He is undoubtedly the best running back in the league, and has a solid run-blocking offensive line to run behind. They added some weapons for Ponder in the offseason in long-time Packer Greg Jennings (91 OVR) and rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson (84 OVR). The Vikings plan to run a lot of 2 TE sets, so expect Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson to get plenty of targets in the passing game. There are rumors swirling that the coaching staff may be looking for an upgrade at QB if Ponder doesn't make significant improvements to his game in 2013.

    Defense - The Purple People Eaters start 2013 with one of the best front 4 in the game - Robison (87 OVR), Allen (88 OVR), Williams (90 OVR), & rookie Floyd (77 OVR) will make it tough for opposing teams to run the ball, especially up the middle. Erin Henderson has been moved to MLB, and they added Desmond Bishop to play the right side LB in the 4-3 opposite the defensive team captain, LOLB Chad Greenway. The secondary is young, and suspect at this time. First round pick Xavier Rhodes has won the starting CB job opposite CB Chris Cook, while speedy Josh Robinson while play nickel CB to start the year. FS Harrison Smith showed flashes of greatness in his rookie campaign, and has proven to be a solid run-stopping safety in the NFL. Strong safeties Jamarca Sanford & Mistral Raymond are still battling for the starting SS spot, as neither have impressed thus far in preseason.


    Special Teams - K Blair Walsh proved in his rookie campaign to be one of the top kickers in the league, as evidenced by his 98 KAC & 96 KPW. They drafted a rookie Punter after allowing Chris Kluwe to leave for FA; John Locke has a solid leg as well (90 KPW; 92 KAC). Rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson will start the season returning kicks and punts, and is electric in the open field.
     
  3. Ben Huh

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    2013 Atlanta Falcons

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    The 2013 Atlanta Falcons are a young team undergoing some transition. Gone is RB Michael Turner, DE John Abraham and others. They were replaced by veterans Stephen Jackson and Osi Unimyora, who will be looked upon to provide veteran leadership to a team whose average age is 26. Once in the basement of the NFL, under QB Matt Ryan and coach Mike Smith, who will be gladly retained by the team's new owner, the Falcons have risen from the ashes so to speak to become a perennial playoff contender. They have tough competition within their division and the NFC conference as a whole since 10 different NFC teams have made the SB since 2000. This competition is going to drive ownership to push the team hard and to strive for victories in a conference where they are well earned.

    Offense - On offense QB Matt Ryan will be the unquestioned leader, with new RB Stephen Jackson providing steady production at his position. With RB Jackson will be RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling who can provide Jackson with spells and the team with nice change-of-pace options at RB. The WRs are talented and speedy, led by the pair of Roddy White and Julio Jones, both products of Alabama universities. They have the skill sets to hurt opposing defenses both in the short to intermediate passing game, as well as deep. At TE is future HOFer Tony Gonzales, who comes into Madden 25 as the highest rated TE in the game. QB Matt Ryan would be smart to continue to utilize Gonzales this season as much as he has in the past. The offensive line may struggle in 2013 due to position changes out of need (Baker to LT from RT to bolster the unit) and young players. 2013 will be a learning period for the line, but the owner is looking forward to developing young players as the season goes along and having them for future seasons as possible all-pros. The offense is retaining its west coast/power run combo as it best suits the personnel they have.

    Defense - On defense, the Falcons have much transition everywhere except the secondary. DE Osi Umenyiora comes over as a free agent from the New York Giants. He was productive playing alongside DE Justin Tuck in New York and the Falcons hope he can give them some productive seasons alongside DE Kroy Biermann. The defensive line, like its offensive counterpart, features many new, young players. Several rookies are going to see action in the rotation at both DE spots as well as DT. The LBer group is not as strong as in years past when MLB Michael Peterson would roam the field. LB Stephen Nicholas provides veteran stability to the LBer core as the other players, including up-and-coming LB Witherspoon, have four years or less in the NFL. Rounding out the defense is the secondary, which is where rookie CB Desmond Trufant will be a day one starter and bring young talent to an aging unit of the defense. Long time NFL veteran CB Asante Samuel will man the other CB slot and he is as sure as any CB in the league at shutting down receivers, and has a great knack for coming up with INTs. The safeties are SS Decoud and FS Moore who have worked together as a safety tandem for almost four seasons, which helps communication at their level as the last line of the defense.

    Special Teams - The Falcons kicking game will once again be the tandem of K Matt Bryan and P Matt Bosher. RB Jacquizz Rodgers will be returning kicks and punts.
     
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    QB - Aaron Rogers is the top dog. Scott Tolzien will be backing up. No issues here.

    RB - Packers will look to pound the ball with rookie Eddie Lacy. Backing up will be James Starks, DuJuan Harris and Jonathan Franklin.

    FB - John Kuhn is the man here.

    TE - Jermichael Finley will look to have a breakout contract year. Several backup options here.

    WR - Corps look to move on past Greg Jennings. Randall Cobb looks to become one of the elite WR's in the NFL. Jordy Nelson and James Jones look to have solid seasons as well. Not much behind the top three at this time, but Finley can line up at WR too as usual.

    OL - Biggest area of need on the team. Rogers will need a run game to stay off his butt.

    DL - Solid unit here with quite a bit of depth. Raji, Pickett, rookie Datone Jones and the return of Johnny Jolly from prison.

    LB - Looking good with Matthews, Hawk, Perry, and Jones.

    CB - One of the better top three CB's in the league with Williams, Hayward and Shields. Good depth as well.

    S - Burnett and Jennings are an okay duo. May look to improve here in the draft.

    ST - Crosby and Masthay are solid. Returners will be Randall Cobb and Aaron Ross.

    Outlook - Packers expect to be in the playoffs. I am hoping for an 11-5 season.
     
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    The Bears are coming off a disappointing 2012 season after missing the playoffs despite an excellent start last year. The Bears have decided to try a coaching change this year and have moved on to new Head Coach Max Myles. The team's lineup is basically the same as the year before, as the owner and the GM decided that they already have the pieces necessary to make a Superbowl run.

    Offense - The Bears are once again counting on the big play ability of Cutler to Marshall, and a strong running game lead by Matt Forte, to put up points and to help what has been a stellar defense over the last decade.

    Defense - Although the Bears have lost first ballad Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher to retirement; they still have one of the leagues most outstanding defenses. Julius Peppers anchors the Bears defensive line with his pass rushing ability. Lance Briggs is more than capable of filling the leadership void at the linebacker position and making big stops on run defense. Then we have Tillman, an intercepting ballhawk in the secondary.

    Special teams - Devin Hester's dynamic return ability will be the focus of the Bear's special teams play; and his blazing speed will take the top off of any defense in the league when he is on offense.
     
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    Coming off of a surprise season behind rookie Russell Wilson, the Seahawks would fall one game short of the NFC Championship, and this offseason saw the Seahawks get even better with the big play addition of Percy Harvin who can play running back, wide receiver and kick and punt returner.

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    Seattle also returns a guy on offense that really needs to introduction...............
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    Offensively the Seahawks have a lot of talent including Zach Miller at TE and a solid offensive line but it all starts with Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch and to be able to spell we have Reggie Turbin and Christian Michael the rookie from Texas A&M.

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    Seahawks defense is anchored by there secondary which features All-World Safety Earl Thomas and Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman at CB with Kam Chancellor at the other safety position. Bruce Irvin and Barry Wagner and KJ Wright at the linebacker position and a deep defensive line lead by newly signed Cliff Avril and Brandon Mebane, Chris Clemons, O'Brien Schofield, Michael Bennett. Seattle has a lot of depth at the defensive line position. This was the top defense in the NFL last year and we look for more of the same from this group.

    Special Teams
    How much more special do you need than the 12th man? Seattle has arguably the most rabid fan base in football. It is one of the loudest stadiums to play in even with it being open. Kicking and punting will be done by Steven Hauschka and Jon Ryan punting both of which are solid.


    Prediction
    Seattle should be one of the upper echelon teams in the NFC, Seattle will go 10-6 and finish second in the division behind the 49ers, making the playoffs as the Wildcard.
     
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    2013 Detroit Lions Team Preview

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    Coaching Head Coach: Jim Schwartz - Overall Record 22-42 5th Season

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    Many people feel that this is Schwartz's last year if the Lions do not turn the corner after their implosion during the 2012 campaign. With new ownership, and 2 more seasons left on his contract it might be. The Lions problems might be with personnel more than just overall discipline and look for him to stick around even for one more season unless the right guy comes around.


    Offensive Coordinator - Scott Linehan

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    The Lions look to get a more balanced attack with the additions Bush, but with a questionable offensive line and not another pair of hands to take pressure off of Calvin Johnson, look for the Lions to be inconsistent at times. If Bush stays healthy and looks like he did in Miami, Linehan and the Lions offensive staff can look pretty.


    Offense

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    Matt Stafford fell off last season compaired to his 2011 performance (2011: 41 TD's 11 Int's 5038 yrds; 2012: 20 TD's 17 Int's 4967 yrds) but both coaches and ownership believe these stats don't tell the whole story. Stafford was often left with 2nd and third and long positions and with the Lions playing behind for most of the season he maybe tried to do a little too much. Look for the Lions to work in a more west coast offensive attack and get the ball out quick to Bush and Johnson. The Lions might try to get Ryan Broyles involved a little more as a number 2 option for Stafford but in remains to be seen if he can stay healthy.

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    With the free agent acquisition off Reggie Bush during the off-season. Detroit finally looks like they have a viable running attack in the backfield that could be potent and deadly. Bush might not last long if he puts the ball on the field and ends up having health issues since he really isn't an every down back like he claims he is. Mikel Leshoure will get carries and add a power run attack if Bush ends up slipping. It is improved but still remains to be seen.


    Wide Receivers

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    Calvin Johnson is obviously one of the elite WR's in the NFL. The problem lies in the fact that he needs to have another guy to off set the massive double teams and triple teams he encounters play to play. Burleson is old and ineffective, Broyles is young and injury prone. If Reggie Bush stays healthy he might help but it remains to be seen. Don't be surprised to see the Lions ownership go after a wideout during waiver time. Chaz Schiliens could slide to the #2 spot as well

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    The Lions bring back C Dominic Raolia and Riley Reiff is moved to LT along with Rob Simms at LG. Not bad but considering Raolia's abilities remain questioned along with age and Reiff only in his second year protecting Stafford's blind side look for Detroit to be suspect in this department. 3rd round pick Larry Warford is a solid draft choice but it remains to be seen how well he'll do at RG and RT is a joke with Cory Hilliard and John Fox fighting for the starting spot.


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    Detroit said goodbye to Cliff Avril and his giant price tag and brought in Ezekiel Ansah with the 5th overall pick. It maybe a toss up if he will be on the RE or LE spot but look for him to have a solid rookie campaign. The real meat of this line is from Suh and Fairley, who will only cause havoc and mayhem towards QB's with pressure up the middle. With FA pick-up Jones from Seattle coming in Detroit looks very strong up-front once again.


    Linebackers

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    The Lions have a very solid MLB with Stephen Tolloch, but it only goes from good to worse here. DeAndre Levy is ok at the ROLB spot but lacks good acceleration and pursuit abilities to really be a force and at the LOLB position the Lions will give Ashley Palmer a shot but he remains unproven but is a good tackler and maybe better suited at the MLB position. The group doesn't have much depth and is ho-hum overall.

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    Detroit actually upgraded this group with free agent FS Glover Quinn Jr, from Houston and moved Delmas over to the strong safety position which suits Delmas better anyways. Delmas may have injury issues as well as Quinn. The cornerbacks remain very suspect with Chris Houston and Bill Bentley, along with 2nd round pick Darius Slay possibly starting or holding the nickel position. Other than the safeties, who are only so-so, this group smells and will be this teams downfall if any of them become injury prone.



    Overall: B-

    The Lions have high-end talent is key positions but lack overall talent to yet be taken seriously yet. Without any additional help besides Bush for Megatron, look for Detroit to be turnover prone again this season unless Stafford looks to be sacked more instead. With questions on offense and their secondary only slightly improved they would need huge performances down the stretch and remain healthy to even contend, let alone get into the playoffs. Despite the easier schedule they still play the AFC North and NFC East which all spells into an 9-7 season in the end.
     
  8. HotRod

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    The Redskins success hinges on the health of their quarterback Robert Griffin III. The good news is that there are plenty of weapons on offense to contribute. Alfred Morris will be the primary ballcarrier and proved that he can tote the rock for 25 carries a game. He only gets stronger as the game goes on and with the great zone running scheme Washington employs, this will always be a strong running team. Roy Helu Jr will be the back up and a change of pace to Morris' straight line running. Helu is also dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield. The Redskins have four solid WRs to put on the field in Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson. Hankerson may be in line for a breakout season and could supplant the aging Moss as the #3 WR. Fred Davis returns at TE along with Logan Paulsen who is one of the better blocking TEs in the league. The offensive line is led by Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams and is a group that can get dirty with the best of them.

    Defensively the Redskins will rely on the pass rush of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to aid their shaky defensive backs. Three rookies will be playing signficant time with Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo as starting safeties and David Amerson listed third on the depth chart at CB. MLB London Fletcher continues to be an ageless wonder playing MLB at 38 years old. Washington signed DT Sione Pouha and DE Antonio Garay to add some depth to the defensive line. If the defense can show some improvement, Washington will be a tough team to beat.
     
  9. Craig Brown

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    Coach Brown takes over a very good roster, and does not shy away about expectations for the team. "This is a Super Bowl caliber roster, and we believe that. We want to win each and every game, and that will be out mentality this year."
    Quarterback- Colin Kaepernick
    He’s flashy, he’s flamboyant, you hate him or love him, but the kid can flat out ball. Coach Brown says he would have done the same thing former 49er coach did in benching A. Smith for Kap. The sky is the limit for play calling with Kap behind center. The 49ers plan to keep defenses on their toes using every play in the book. Kap is the face of this franchise and will lead the 49ers into dominance over the next several years.
    Runningbacks- F. Gore, K. Hunter, M. Lattimore, L. James
    Any of these running back could be a starter on a different NFL team, and the 49ers have them all on one squad. It’s not a secret, Coach plans to use everyone of his rb’s and keep fresh legs on the field at all times. "I never want a defense to know what personnel are in on certain plays, so we will keep fresh legs out there at all times."
    Receivers- Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Jon Baldwin, Mario Manningham
    Not the sexiest bunch of receivers, and many would say that there’s not a clear number one here on the 49ers, but Coach feels Boldin adds that extra something to make this offense dynamic. No question the talent is there with Crabtree and Baldwin, but coach says its time for them to take the next leap in their career. It’s a deciding year for this receiving core, and if the numbers are not put up, competition will be brought in through free agency and the draft.
    O- Line- Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, J. Goodwin, Alex Boone,

    Anthony Davis

    This is what runs the engine. Staley and Iupati are flat out studs, and hope to continue their seasons they had a year ago.
    Linebackers- Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith
    Hands down the 49ers have the best linebacker core of the entire NFL. They’re going to get to the quarterback, they’re going to hit you in your mouth, they’re going to talk trash, get in your head, spit in your face, and chew you up! This bunch is ready to go out and show everyone the swag and talent this core has on defense
    The Rest of the Defense
    There are still several players on this roster that need mentions from Donte Whitner to rookie Eric Reid, Carlos Rodgers, Nnamdi Asomugha. This team is filled with the talent, it’s about executing. Coach Brown did not have very much success last year in Chicago, and wants to show the rest of the league what he is capable of. If this team does not have success, it will directly reflect on Coach Brown.
     
  10. Raidernation

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    Andy Reid gone Nick Foles gone, that's enough the stop any up coming controversy at the door. There is a new régime a new breath of fresh air in Philly, coach Kareem Russell is here to bring back the brotherly love and he's gonna do it his way.


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    My main focus is the ground game ill run to set up the mid to long range game with hope of forcing the defense to respect the legs of Vick not just his arm. McCoy's work will be the bread and butter of this offense and with a top notch line, if they can stay healthy, will dominate the ground and intermediate pass game. The receivers Jackson and Maclin need to step up there play big time. Luckily with a back like McCoy the pressure to perform has been minimal. But the new ball coach has been pressing them even if the team focus is run first. He brought in rookie free agent Ryan Swope who will be the slot man Demetrius Thomas is another young up comer who is going to see a lot of the field. The Eagles indeed have some bona fide talent including the two young studs at TE, but the true impact player will be HB Bryce Brown. He will spell McCoy often and with his fumbling issues this offense will need him to step it up when he's called on because if they are going to have success they will need to be turnover free.


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    On defense we're looking to bring back the days of Jim Johnson, RIP, with complex blitz schemes to pressure the opposing QB all game. With upgrades on every level of the defensive the Birds look to wreak havoc on the defensive side of the ball. Key additions in the secondary are vets Kenny Phillips and Pat Chung, they'll provide discipline for this young secondary. Linebackers Connor Barwin & DeMeco Ryans were brought in to fortify the middle and outside. Mychal Kendricks, Najee Goode and recent install from last season Brian Rolle with provide services were ever needed throughout the season. Coach Russell’s 3-4 Saber defense will also rely on physically sound play up front from Cole Geathers and Cox. They have nicknamed themselves the First Infantry and yes they are prepared for war.


    Expectations

    Confidence and arrogance go hand and hand and are often synonymous with winning. That being said, why would anyone go into a season preparing for an offseason that didn’t include a playoff run and eventual Super bowl berth? Granted some teams are expected to fail miserably while others have their Super Bowl ticket stamped. The Eagles are not one if those teams, while they have the talent to win it all, they have often fell short of that potential have yet to achieve that goal. Year after year the fans scream this is our year, followed briefly by why it was not. With Coach Russell at the controls those fans will be prescribed a dose of excitement, hope and discipline week in and week out. With Focus and patience Russell will bring this City the Lombardi soon enough it just won't be this year.



    PREDICTION 2013 9-7

     
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    Absolutely appreciate Nick Foles to have as a good backup to Wilson. (y)
     
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