2013 NFL Storylines, facts and opinions courtesy of Joe and Dylan
– Quarterbacks in the AFC East
The Jets and the Bills both have a bit of a mess in their depth charts at Quarterback, what with a mix of mediocre veterans and unproven youngsters. The Dolphins have a youngster of their own in Ryan Tannehill who enters the always difficult sophomore campaign (with Delaware alum Pat Devlin as the third stringer), and up in New England the Patriots will have 2-time MVP Tom Brady under center.
–Can the Seahawks live up to the hype?
ESPN has the ‘Hawks No.1 in their initial Power Rankings. But this author (Dylan), for one, is very cautious. Yes, I’m a diehard Seahawks fan. Always have been. But I’m very fearful of buying into this hype too much. Though there are very few if any holes and the team is very talented. One big question: can Russell Wilson improve in his second year in the league?
–Can the Ravens repeat as Champions?
This offseason, the defending Super Bowl Champions signed QB Joe Flacco to a six-year contract extension, added Brandon Stokely at WR as well as Elvis Dumervil and a number of others on defense. However, the Ravens lost Anquan Boldin to San Francisco as well as Dennis Pitta to injury, so if there are any holes, they will be seen in the passing game.
-Can the Bengals prove they are for real?
After years of what seemed like futility, Marvin Lewis has led the Bengals to the AFC Wild Card round 3 of the last 4 seasons, only to lose each time. This season, Andy Dalton may be the one returning under center, but all eyes will be on his receiver, AJ Green, who many are hoping will see this as the season that catapults him to stardom. Many in the media say the Bengals have the most talented roster in the conference.
-Can the Falcons finally make it to the Super Bowl?
The talent is certainly there. Matt Ryan at QB, Stephen Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers at RB, Julio Jones and Roddy White at WR, Tony Gonzalez back for yet another season at TE, and a number of talented players on the front four on defense. Last season, they fell to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game and the competition has not eased this year, with the Seahawks and ‘Niners likely still lurking in the playoffs.
-How will Chip Kelly’s offense fare in the NFL this season?
The man who led the University of Oregon Ducks to prominence (other than Phil Knight) is bringing his offense to the Philadelphia Eagles and after a healthy dose of QB controversy, it’ll be Michael Vick back under center (or…something). With a healthy offensive line, the Eagles are likely to feature in a number of high scoring games that will showcase their athletic players on offense. However, defense may not be a strong suit and as such, things are not looking too rosy in the City of Brotherly Love.
- Joe and Dylan’s Winner: Baltimore Ravens (2012 Record: 10-6, Won Super Bowl)
- Joe and Dylan’s Winner: New England Patriots (2012 Record: 12-4, lost to Ravens in AFC Final)
- Joe and Dylan’s Winner: Houston Texans (12-4 in 2012, lost to Patriots in Divisional Round)
- Joe and Dylan’s Winner: Denver Broncos (13-3, lost to Ravens in Divisional Round)
- Joe and Dylan’s Winner: Green Bay Packers (11-5 in 2012, lost to 49ers in Divisional Round)
- Joe’s Winner: Washington Redskins (10-6 in 2012, lost to Seahawks in Wild Card Round)
- Dylan’s Winner: New York Giants (9-7 in 2012, no playoffs)
- Joe and Dylan’s Winner: Atlanta Falcons (13-3 in 2012, lost to 49ers in NFC Conference Final)
- Joe’s Winner: San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1 in 2012, lost to Ravens in Super Bowl)
- Dylan’s Winner: Seattle Seahawks (11-5 in 2012, lost to Falcons in Divisional Round)
Super Bowl pick
- Joe: Denver Broncos over San Francisco 49ers
- Dylan: Houston Texans over New York Giants