The National Football League has become the undisputed champion of pro sports. As we get ready for the opening kickoff, here’s a look at the hardest hitters, the biggest games and a few fearless predictions for the 2013 season.
Last year nothing went right for the Kansas City Chiefs, who finished with the worst record in the NFL at 2-14. Then the offseason came, and the proverbial tide began to shift.
In 2011 the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton broke the rookie single-season passmg-yardage record only to be topped by Andrew Luck in 2012. Also in 2011 the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees established a new single-season record of 5.476 passing yards.
One of the big surprises of the 2013 NFL draft was that the ballyhooed West Virginia University quarterback fell out of the first round. His aloof personality and bewildering decision to fire his first agent aside, Smith has a cannon for an arm coupled with great accuracy, as well as tremendous speed and athleticism.
Whenever there is a rematch of the last two AFC title games this late in the season with possible playoff seeding implications on the line, chances are it’s going to be one helluva game.
Not much needs to be said beyond Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, but what makes this game so intriguing is Wes Welker’s return to New England. After failing to reach terms on a new contract, the veteran wide receiver was snatched up by Denver.
The new guard meets the old guard when quarterback Peyton Manning returns to Indy to take on his former mates. The biggest story going into the 2012 draft was whether or not the Colts would re-sign Manning after he missed all of 2011 with a neck injury or take their chances on Luck.