Season 2 Team Previews

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  1. dj illmatic 23

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    Washington Redskins Team Preview
    The Redskins had a season to forget last year, as they finished with the second worst record in the league. To add insult to injury, the second pick in the draft they should have received went to St. Louis as part of the RG3 deal. The good news for Washington is they were able to lure Browns' coach DJ Illmatic away from Cleveland. Illmatic made the Browns into one of the toughest defenses in the league, but his offense was often a train wreck. Illmatic hopes he can have much more success with a stud QB like RG3 at the helm.
    Quarterbacks
    Despite the terrible record, RG3 finished with a productive rookie season. He finished with over 3,000 yards and 22 TD's. The bad news was he had 23 interceptions and was sacked 61 times. Coach Illmatic hopes to use a strong running game to take some of the pressure of his young QB. The Redskins drafted rookie Cody Brown to serve as RG3's backup. Brown has a tremendous arm, but Skins' fans hope he doesn't see any action this year.
    Running Backs
    Roy Helu Jr will get his time to shine this year as the featured back. Helu has good size and speed and should get plenty of touches this year. Rookie HB Jamar Owens will see action as well. Owens had a big debut in preseason with 126 yards and 2 TD's. In order to help the running game, Washington signed free agent fullback David Johnson. Johnson will be asked to lead the way for this running attack and may occasionally get a carry.
    Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
    Washington hopes their core group of receivers will benefit from being in their second year together. Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss are big play receivers that can stretch the field. Washington hopes Leonard Hankerson will start to come into his own in his second year. Look out for rookie receiver Mykkele Gause. He has decent size and can fly down the field. TE Fred Davis is still one of the top receiving tight ends in the game, and will look to control the middle of the field.
    Offensive Line
    The biggest question mark for the Redskins is their offensive line. Coach Illmatic wants to rely on the run, but is not sure how well his O-line will facilitate this. They were abysmal last year, so Washington made several off season signings. LT Trent Williams is the anchor of the line, but it remains to be seen how the rest of the pieces will fit.
    Defensive Line
    Washington made several free agent moves on the defensive line as well in order to improve their line and facilitate their move to a 4-3 defense. DE's Thaddeus Gibson and Junior Galette are young but extremely talented. DT's Barry Cofield and Brandon Deaderick will be asked to plug the middle and stuff the run.
    Linebackers
    The strength of the Redskins' defense is in their LB'ing corps. Washington may have the best young linebacker group in the league led by monster ROLB Brian Orakpo. MLB Perry Riley takes over for the retired London Fletcher. LOLB Ryan Kerrigan often gets overshadowed by Orakpo, but he is a great player in his own right.
    Secondary
    The secondary is led by CB's DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson. Both of these guys are excellent cover corners and should flourish in Illmatic's defensive system that helped Browns CB Joe Haden win defensive player of the year honors last year. Washington signed Sam Shields in the off season, and rookie CB Dilen Davis will be the teams dime corner. At safety, Washington has big hitting SS Brandon Meriweather and Tanard Jackson.
    Special Teams
    Coach Illmatic won several games last year with his special teams, and he could have an even better unit this year. KR/PR Brandon Banks flys down the field, and can turn the slightest seam into 6. Veteran K Shayne Graham will hold down the kicking duties, while second year punter Chas Henry will be the punter.
    After such a terrible season last year, the Redskins have nowhere to go but up. Washington's ultimate success will depend on the strength of their offensive line, but look for them to be a much improved unit this season.

     
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  2. niner_empire86

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    2013 Arizona Cardinals
    Offense:
    The only place to start with the Arizona Cardinals has to be perhaps the biggest headline of the offense:the acquisition of Michael Vick. We all know the player Vick can be and we all know the player he was in Philly. The Cardinals hope that he is the answer they've been searching for at QB since the departure of Kurt Warner. Vick will have one weapon in Arizona he didn't have in Philly: Larry Fitzgerald. If these two can get on the same page they will be unstoppable and have a chance of producing record breaking numbers. Beanie Wells returns at the RB position to provide a punishing, physical running style. He'll have offense acquisition Chirs Ivory backing him up. The offensive line has been improved through a number of free agent pick ups. This is a group that struggled last year. Micheal Floyd will look to continue his development in his second year. He has scary potential.
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    Defense:
    No big changes this year on a solid defensive unit. This unit will relay on the linebacking core as it's heart and soul. They have one of the best safeties in the game in Adrian Wilson, who has scray hitting power, backing them up. And the Cardinals have perhaps the most exciting defensive player in the game to watch: Patrick Peterson. This guy is the real deal. The D-line returns in it's entirety looking to continue their aggressive pass rush.​
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    Special Teams:
    Don't fix it if it ain't broke. The Gloved One: Jay Feely is still the kicker and Patrick Peterson will be providing electricity in the return game.​
    Should be an exciting season for the Cardinals and they have every reason the believe they can make a playoff berth run and perhaps even a run a the Super Bowl if seeding plays in their favor.​
     
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    2013 Atlanta Falcons

    Offense
    The reigning #1 offense has the same main peices and added some beef to the oline. Matt Ryan will look to cut down on his int's and lead the Falcons to a much anticipated playoff birth. Michael Turner is in a contract year so expect him to prove his worth. The WR core is strong as ever with White, Jones, Johnson, and Williams. The ageless wonder Tony Gonzalez stuck around for another shot at a Super Bowl ring. Viante Shancoe was added for depth at TE. The online got stronger with the addition of big mauler T Bryant McKinnie to go alongside Tyson Clabo so Ryan is well protected. On paper the offense should produce and if tehy cut down on teh turnvers the sky is the limit.

    Defense
    The defense returns all the same peices and added OLB Thomas Howard to provide one of the best LB cores in the league. The Dline is led by veterans DE John Abrham and DT Jonathan Babineaux. Rookie DE Brett Moi was impressive during preseason and will see teh field some in passing situations. The only question mark may be at the safety position as there is some shuffling with some CB playing out of position to provide quality depth at the safety spot. The Falcons defense was a dissapointment last year giving up big yards and not forcing turnovers. Expect alot of pressure from the front 7 to overcompensate.
     
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    The Saints head into this season, after a disapponting loss to the Vikings in the playoffs, looking to get back to the conference championship game. There will be a lot of pressure on this squad to win, as they have so much talent.


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    Drew Brees

    The offenses starts and ends with Drew Breesy. The O-line is one of the best in the league at pass protection, but seemed to struggle in running situations last year. The Saints definetly are looking to establish the run game this year. The only real loss was D. Henderson, who wanted a lot of money during negotiations. We added some young WR to replace him and expect immediate dividends. Our 1st round pick RT Sam King will be a starter next season as he developes this year behind starter Z. Stief. Otherwise it's Business as usual in the Big Easy.




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    Jonathan Vilma

    After spending more time in the court room than the playing field, Jonathan Vilma returns to the Saints 'D'. This should be a hell-of-a-good Defensive unit. The head ball coach made it a priority to add depth all over the place. The biggest improvement should be the secondary, as we added free agent Nate Clements & rookie stud D. Jones. Jones is a prototypical CB and comes out at an 81 OVR after being drafted 29th overall in the 3rd round. The expectation is teams will be playing catch-up against us so a lot of dime & quarter formation will be used and the four CB we have could start on most teams! Game on.
     
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    Oakland Raiders 2013 Team Preview

    Offense

    The Raiders last year relied heavily on the running game behind McFadden and McFadden delivered going for over 1600 yards and over 15 TDs leading the Raiders to a 11-5 record and to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Unfortunately, the injury bug that has hit DMAC his whole career hit at the wrong time and this time it was on the 1st play for the Wildcard game knocking him out of the game and out for the rest of the playoffs. This year, Dmac looks to get back into shape and show the Raiders he can carry the load again, but with the emergence of Taiwan Jones who has thrashed defenses in the pre-season the last two years and also in his starts late in the regular season last year, Jones could take the load off of Dmac to keep him from breaking down.

    One significant change that the Raiders will make is the change at starting quarterback. Palmer, who had a decent year last year barely over the 1:1 TD to INT ratio, has been demoted to backup with Terrell Pryor taking the reigns at QB. With the strong running game, the Raiders felt that Pryor could manage the offense, but bring another running dimension out of the backfield with his speed. So far, he has been so good as Pryor threw five INTs in his first pre-season game. Pryor looked good the last three games last year throwing for 6 TDs and 6 INts in three starts. Pryor is still young and will look to develop his game throughout the season.

    The receiving core led by DHB who went for over 1,000 yards last year remains intact with Moore and Shockey being the 2nd and 3rd leading receivers. Ford will take over slot duties after the retirement of T.O who brings more speed to a speedy core and also dangerous on the returns. Behind for are some impressive 2nd year players in Streater and Criner who may get some time on the field this year.

    Defense

    The Raiders rush defense was one of the best in the league last year with a solid front line consisting of Seymour, Kelly, Carter, and Shaugnessey. This year, Carter is gone after re-buffing contract offers from the Raiders and in is Kyle Vanden Bosch signed to a modest 1 year deal to take over. This gives the Raiders another pass rusher on the other side from Shaugnessy who finished with over 10 sacks last year. Raiders hope to create more pass rush in four man rushes.

    The weakness of the team was the passing defense ranked almost the bottom 5 in the league. Although the secondary gave up a ton of yards, the Raiders were one of the top teams in creating turnovers led by DVDs 9 Ints and Huff with Ints. Raiders defense consisted of the bend but don’t break philosophy and it prevailed as the Raiders had a number of stops in the redzone and also numerous pick six’s. The Raiders still wanted to improve the secondary and signed veteran Terence Newman, re-signed Bartell, and drafted two promising rookies at CB. Mike Odle with the 1st round pick with good man to man coverage and decent size and speed. The other CB drafted was Keenan Gausman who was a steal in the 4th round with good size and great speed. Gausman is looking to play the nickel corner with Odle playing opposite from pro bowler DVD.

    Special Teams

    Janikowski has pretty much been automatic as usual and Lechler continues to be one of the best punters in the league.

    The x-factor continues to be Jacoby Ford who on every return has the ability to take it to the house.
     
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    Minnesota Vikings 2013 Team Preview
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    The Vikings capped off their 2012 campaign hoisting the Lombardi trophy under first-year head coach Jeremy Simmons, including a remarkable run in the playoffs that included back-to-back OT playoff wins versus the Saints in the NFC Championship game and the Colts in the Super Bowl. The team finished the season with the #1 ranked defense as well as the #3 ranked rushing offense behind All-Pro HB Adrian Peterson. They look to repeat success in 2013 as they return a good portion of the championship roster, but will no longer be flying under the radar as teams look to take down the champs.
    Quarterbacks
    QB Christian Ponder has a ring, but admittedly played the role of "game manager" last season. He finished the season with less than 3,000 yards passing, but boasted a 22/14 TD/INT ratio and was near the top of the league with a 65% completion percentage. The coaching staff knows that he'll need to continue to develop if they have hopes of returning to the big dance in '13. Teams have caught on to the AP show, and the Vikings may see 8-9 men in the box until Ponder proves that he can throw the deep ball.

    Running Backs
    The Vikings rested AP for the last two regular season games, and he still put up 1650 yards rushing & 15 TD's. Even more impressive was how he performed in the playoffs, including 150+ yard performances in the NFC Championship game and Super Bowl (including Super Bowl MVP honors). HB Toby Gerhart (77 OVR) has proved to be a capable backup, and speedster 2nd-yr man Jordan Todman made the team for the second year in a row as well. FB Jerome Felton helped pave the way for AP last year and will do so in '13 as well. He can catch out of the backfield, and is an 80 RBK & 84 in impact blocking.

    Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
    The Vikings lost their #2 wideout Jerome Simpson to free agency, and struggled in the offseason to find a replacement. Percy Harvin is a gamechanger, but struggled to stay off the injury report last season (only played in 9 games, and missed the Super Bowl.) The picked up WR Emmanuel Sanders from FA, who is slated to start in the slot. The #2 spot has been given to rookie WR Leighton Mills out of S. Carolina. He's got great hands (81 CTH; 90 CIT; 83 SPC), and with some work on his route running could develop into a great possession receiver in this league. The Vikings run a lot of 3 TE sets, and now have three that can wreak havoc - Kyle Rudolph made the Pro Bowl in his second season, catching 69 passes for 860 yards. He is accompanied by 5th-yr man John Carlson and FA pick-up Kevin Boss. Look for all three to play a role in the offense this season.
    Offensive Line
    The Vikings have arguably the best O-line in the league. They touted 4 pro bowlers in 2012 - LT Matt Kalil (91 OVR), C John Sullivan (93 OVR), RG Geoff Schwartz (86 OVR), & RT Phil Loadholt (87 OVR). The Vikings had hoped to replace LG Charlie Johnson in FA or the draft, but are not sure that their 3rd-round draft pick Layne Brown is ready to start.
    Defensive Line
    Just like the offensive line, the D-line has been rumored to be one of the best in the league as well. Brian Robison (88 OVR) made the Pro Bowl last season with 16 sacks. He lines up with RE Jared Allen (96 OVR), while the middle is now manned by Kevin Williams (95 OVR) & FA pick-up Henry Melton (86 OVR). This is a group that no offensive line is excited about lining up against, and for the second year in a row will be tough to run on.
    Linebackers
    The linebacking core for the Vikings is strong on the outside (Chad Greenway & Erin Henderson), but lacked a stud 4-3 MLB last season (veterans Lofa Tatupu & Gary Brackett filled the spot last season; both are gone.) They decided to draft a MLB with their 2nd pick in the draft, and believe that they've found a raw, but rare talent in Brandon Ferguson out of UConn. With 91 Speed, 93 Hit Power & 80 Strength, he's a better fit for an attacking 4-3 defense but fans in Minnesota are excited about the prospect of watching him fly around the field for years to come.

    Secondary
    The secondary was young last season, so the fact that they're all a year older is a plus. It's still the weakest link in the Viking D, but they're blessed that CB Antoine Winfield decided not to retire and stick around for a run at a repeat. CB Chris Cook came into his own last season, making the Pro Bowl with 8 INT's. They picked up CB Captain Munnerlyn to fill the nickel CB role, and have three CB's behind him that only have 3 years experience combined. Rookie FS Harrison Smith showed signs of greatness last season, and he's really coming into his own. FS Nick Collins will once again play SS for the Purple. He lead the team in tackles last season and is now an 88 OVR.

    Special Teams
    K Blair Walsh has a strong leg; P Chris Kluwe is back for another season as well. WR Percy Harvin had a 35.4 AVG on kick returns, and an 11.2 AVG on punt returns; he's a threat to take it to the house on any play.

    The Vkings have an extremely difficult schedule this year, and the NFC Norse looks to be one of the toughest in the league. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out...
     
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    Season 1 overview:

    The Chargers are coming off a successful first season getting to the wildcard round of the playoffs at 10-6. Ryan Matthews took the rushing title with over 1850 yards but is bitter for not making the pro-bowl! How can a guy lead the league in rushing and not make the pro-bowl??? Rivers was awful and the Chargers relied on a run heavy attack with the highest run percentage of the league. This was due to fear of throwing interception more than anything.

    Offense:

    This year the Chargers have worked on their passing game and have added some weapons at receiver to help in this area. Aaron Hernandez will be a major factor of the Chargers offense as he is acquired in a trade with the Patriots. Gates is just getting too old and is injury prone. If there wasn't an injury glitch the bolts would have been without Gates for 7 weeks last season! Hernandez is faster, younger and will be better than gates for SD! Rookie Trayion Woodard also adds a solid young #3 wr who fits nicely with the rest of the bunch. Glad to have Floyd back after injury and he is a beast in the redzone and will get his targets where it counts the most.


    Defense:

    Defensively the Chargers are coming off of a great year leading the league in rush defense and plan on doing more of this in season 2. The bolts switched to a 4-3 defense because coach Ski is more comfortable shutting down the run with this defense and it worked last season very well. This defense has gotten even better with the signing of their first round pick DE Quan Baker as well as picking up LOLB K. Rivers who are both upgrades in their position. And CB Packman Jones comes to SD to strengthen pass coverage in 3 receiver sets and may have a shot of winning one of the starting roles.


    Overall the Chargers are excited to open up their playbook on offense and become more proficient in the passing game. Coach Ski said "we are happy with our off-season and think we have ironed out the issues with our offense and are ready to take the AFC West!"
     
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