My rapid fire take on all (most) 32 teams ahead of tonight’s kick off to the NFL season. In short sentences because haiku is lame.
New York Giants: The G-Men look like an afterthought after a disappointing 2012, but as we have found out before you shouldn’t count out the two time Super Bowl champs of the 00’s.
Philadelphia Eagles: New coach in Chip Kelly, likely no playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys: Like the Giants, the Cowboys are hit and miss.
Washington Redskins: With RGIII at QB, the Redskins should easily win the East this year. Health is a concern for their star quarterback, if his body can hold up the sky is the limit in the nation’s capital.
Seattle Seahawks: Couldn’t find a way past the 49ers last season, expect them to be hungrier in 2013.
Arizona Cardinals: Rookie Tyran Mathieu might be the early Rookie of the Year candidate in the NFC.
St. Louis Rams: A sleeper team like the Cards out West, but Seattle/San Fran look too good. Wild Card is possible.
San Francisco 49ers: It is a toss up between last year’s NFC Champs and the Seahawks in this division, but both are contenders for the Super Bowl.
Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton and Steve Smith have enough offensive firepower to turn some heads.
Atlanta Falcons: Tony Gonzalez return for another season and more firepower have the Falcons as my NFC favorite.
New Orleans Saints: Will be better than last season now that Sean Payton’s suspension is lifted, the question is how good will they be.
Tampa Bay Bucs: Getting there, but not quite yet.
Green Bay Packers: Favorite to win the division every year, but this is the best division in football, something that often keeps them from the Super Bowl.
Chicago Bears: Contenders in any other division, a Wild Card team if they can beat on non-North teams.
Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson is all the purple need to make the playoffs again likely.
Detroit Lions: Burning question: Will Detroit ever be able to put together their group of promising talent? Adding Reggie Bush could get them there.
New England Patriots: The fact that I am skipping the rest of the teams in this division show how one sided the AFC East has been in the 00’s. Expect it to be again, even without Aaron Hernandez.
Pittsburgh Steelers: You can’t count them out, but the Steelers are getting old fast. A dropoff year perhaps is in the cards at Heinz Field. Still expect the Steelers to compete each week as always.
Baltimore Ravens: An exodus after winning the Super Bowl has been addressed and Joe Flacco got paid. They will be back.
Cincinnati Bengals: Outside of the Ravens, the Bengals impressive defense has them as AFC North contenders.
Cleveland Browns: They are the Cleveland Browns. Remember this when someone tries selling you on them being a sexy sleeper team.
Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson will need to get back in 2, 000 rushing yard form if the Titans want the playoffs.
Indianapolis Colts: Another year for Andrew Luck should be an improvement for the Colts.
Houston Texans: Division favorites and Super Bowl contenders should they stay healthy.
Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning’s team will go as far as his ever fading arm takes them. Expect the playoffs, but don’t expect them to win the Super Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid and Alex Smith could get the Chiefs to the 9-7/10-6 mark if all goes according to plan, the question is will that be enough to make the playoffs?
San Diego Chargers: Firing Norv Turner will make Chargers fans happy, but the Chargers missing the playoffs again will make Raider fans even happier. Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates aren’t getting any younger and LT is long gone, these aren’t your slightly older brothers Chargers anymore.
Super Bowl Prediction: Falcons over Texans.
There you have it, my extremely rapid fire preview of the 2013 NFL season. Stay tuned to JustBlogBaby.com for more NFL season preview coverage and analysis all season.