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Top 10 Rookies to Watch this NFL Season

There is electricity in the air!  The NFL Draft is well in the past, training camp is inching ever nearer, and a clearer picture is being painted of NFL Football Rookies rankings for 2013.  The group of rookies from last year, were incredible, to say the least, and it’s exciting to think what they could do in the upcoming year.

Clearly these rankings can change as training camp/offseason news is made, rosters are creates and injuries happen.

As stated before, last year’s Rookies saw the most rookie quarterbacks land in the top 12 positions by season’s end, and three rookie running backs end up scoring loads of touchdowns which ranks them among the top 10 rookies over the past 10 years.

Top 10  Football Rookies For 2013 by Tickifieds

1. Montee Ball, RB, Denver

If Ball becomes a starter, he will come upon tough defense to halt the pass during most of the game.  He’s one to watch.

2. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay

While Lacy looks great on paper, he has some not great points of interest.  He recently had toe surgery and it’s pretty well known that he has attitude issues. These points make for not such a great team player and might not do as well this season.  The Packers also the have Johnathan Franklin in their back pocket too.

3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston

Head coach Gary Kubiak, made a comparison between Hopkins and former Broncos WR Rod Smith. He will work closely with Johnson, and act as his protégé, as he hopes to outshine fellow defense WR Andre Johnson.

4. Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis

Stacy was a a fifth-round pick for the Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft, but Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson and still the frontrunners.

5.  Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo

Woods will be going through a lesser version of what fellow teammate Hopkins takes on. Unfortunately, Stevie Johnson cannot compare to Andre Johnson, and Woods’ outcome is linked to Manuel’s most likely.

6. Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh

Since Mike Wallace left for Miami, the Steelers had an extra wide receiver spot to fill. They already have starters in Brown and Sanders, but they plan to use Wheaton in the slot and in the backfield.

7. Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona

Ellington has been compared to fellow Clemson player C.J. Spiller.  He is a great addition Mendenhall and Williams with regards to speed and cutting.

8. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City

There is a plan in place by the Chiefs move Kelce out and line him up in several spots, but he has direct competition with free-agent signee Anthony Fasano and Moeaki.

9. Johnathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay

Franklin had the potential for being a top-three rookie running back had Lacy not been selected in front of him.

10. Aaron Dobson, WR, New England

Dobson has the oppotunity to start this season, across the way from Amendola.  This is special thanks to Welker and Lloyd moving on.

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2013 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

If you live in the Chicago area like me and your baseball teams have long fallen out of contention, the start of NFL season can’t come quick enough.  Fortunately, many NFL training camps are set to open in late July and early August.  While a majority of teams have lots of roster questions that need to be answered, many teams are clearly in the running to compete for a Super Bowl, while others will likely be in rebuilding mode.

With that in mind we thought it would be appropriate to break down the top NFL football teams heading into the preseason.  Although a lot can happen (e.g. injuries) between now and the start of the season, below are the teams ranked in order of likelyhood to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

1). San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers nearly won the Super Bowl last year behind 1st year starting QB Colin Kaepernick.  All they did to up their chances was load up on draft picks and sign Ed Reed.  The 9ers have to be the favorite heading into the 2013 season.

2).  Denver Broncos

The Broncos are clearly the class of the AFC.  The stout Denver defense coupled with the addition of Wes Welker and another year  of Peyton Manning should make this team scary good.

3).  Seattle Seahawks

I wasn’t much of a believer in the Seattle Seahawks heading into last season but Pete Carrol has certainly turned around the franchise with the help of Russell Wilson.  Should the Niners suffer a significant injury or falter in anyway expect the Seahawks to be right there with them.

4). Green Bay Packers

You can never count out any team that has all world quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  The NFC is going to be tough this year but the GB Packers should more than be able to hold their own against elite competition- especially if top draft pick Eddie Lacy pans out.

5).  Atlanta Falcons

Call me a doubter of the Atlanta Falcons but I really don’t feel they deserve a spot in the top 5. They do have a high power offense but their defense needs to improve if they are going to go anywhere in the playoffs.

6).  Houston Texans

The Texans really came on last year in large part due to the emergence of defensive lineman JJ Watt.  This young team is certainly on the upswing but still may be a year or two away from getting that ring!

7).  New England Patriots

The Patriots have been the model of consistency over the past decade or so.  As long as Tom Brady is running the show you cannot count out the Pats.  It will be interesting to see what is in the plans for the newly signed Tim Tebow.

8).  Baltimore Ravens

Although the Ravens are the defending Super Bowl Champs, it hard to see the repeating after losing key defensive players like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.  Anquan Bolden also bolted for San Francisco.  Regardless, the Ravens still have Joe Flaco and

9).  Indianapolis Colts

Many thought the Colts were in for a long rebuilding process after parting ways with Peyton Manning.  That proved not to be the case as quarterback Andrew Luck led them into immediate playoff contention.  If Luck continues to progress this team could be scary!

10).  Chicago Bears

Call me a homer but I like what I see out of new head coach Marc Trestman.  The Bears have never had much of an offense in my lifetime and I am starting to believe things can be different for the Monsters of the Midway.

The best of the rest…

11).  New Orleans Saints

12).  Washington Redskins

13).  New York Giants

14).  Cincinnati Bengals

15).  Minnesota Vikings

16).  Miami Dolphins

17).  St. Louis Rams

18).  Pittsburgh Steelers

19).  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

20).  Dallas Cowboys

21).  Carolina Panthers

22).  Kansas City Chiefs

23).  Detroit Lions

24).  San Diego Chargers

25).  Philadelphia Eagles

26).  Tennessee Titans

27). Cleveland Browns

28).  Oakland Raiders

29).  New York Jets

30).  Arizona Cardinals

31).  Buffalo Bills

32).  Jacksonville Jaguars

Updated 2013 NFL Playoff Brackets and Schedule

2013 NFL Playoff ScheduleWell, the NFL regular season is just about over and the matchups for the first round of the playoff are just about set.  The AFC side of the bracket is finalized with both the Denver Broncoes and New England Patriots getting 1st round byes.  The Texans dropped to the #3 seed and will play the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC Wild Card Game.  The other Widl Card game will feature the Baltmore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers locked down the top 2 seeds and will get round 1 off.  The Packers dropped to the #3 seed and will host the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of the regular season finale.  The other NFC Wild Card Game will depend upon the winner tonight’s Sunday night football game between the Redskins and Giants.  The winner will host the Seattle Seahawks. Stay tuned as we will update this schedule as times, dates, and matchups continue to be announced!

Update 12/30/2012 10:32 PM:  The Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 and will host the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wildcard game.  We also updated the dates and times of the wild card matchups in the first round of the 2013 NFL Playoffs.

Update 1/05/2013 6:40 PM:  The Houston Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals and will be headed to Boston to face the New England Patriots in a AFC Divisional Playoff game.  Since the Texans are the #3 seed, the winner of the Colts/Ravens game would end up the lower seeded team and will face the Denver Broncos.

Update 1/05/2013 10:40 PM:  The Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings and will be headed to San Francisco to face the 49ers in a NFC Divisional Playoff game.  Since the Packers are the #3 seed, the winner of the Redskins/Seahawks game would end up the lower seeded team and will face the Atlanta Falcons.

Update 1/06/2013 3:44 PM:  The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Indianapolis Colts and will be headed to Denver to face the Broncos in the other AFC Divisional Playoff game.

Update 1/06/2013 6:34 PM:  The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins and will be headed to Atlanta to face the Falcons in the other NFC Divisional Playoff game.

2013 AFC Playoff Bracket

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Baltimore Ravens
  5. Indianapolis Colts (Wild Card #1)
  6. Cincinnati Bengals (Wild Card #2)

Round 1 – AFC Wild Card Matchups

Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals (Texans 19 – Bengals 13)
1/5 4:30 PM Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas
 
Baltimore Ravens vs Indianapolis Colts (Ravens 24 – Colts 9)
1/6 1:00 PM MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
 

Round 2 – AFC Divisional Playoff Matchups

Denver Broncos vs Baltimore Ravens
1/12 Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
 
New England Patriots vs Houston Texans
1/13 Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts
 

Round 3 – AFC Championship

TBD vs TBD

2013 NFC Playoff Bracket

  1. Atlanta Falcons
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. Green Bay Packers
  4. Washington Redskins
  5. Seattle Seahawks (Wild Card #1)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (Wild Card #2)

Round 1 – NFC Wild Card Matchups

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings (Packers 24 – Vikings 10)
1/5 8:00 PM Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
 
Washington Redskins vs Seattle Seahawks (Seahawks 24 – Redskins 14)
1/6 4:30 PM Fedex Field Washington DC
 

Round 2 – NFC Divisional Playoff Matchups

Atlanta Falcons vs Seattle Seahawks 
1/13 Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
 
San Francisco 49ers vs Green Bay Packers 
1/12 Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California
 

Round 3 – NFC Championship

TBD vs TBD

Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches – One Direction Finally Slipping

 

Lady gaga 2013 tour

It finally happened…someone has beaten out One Direction for the top spot on our Top 10 Weekly Searches.  The lucky winner this time is the one and only Lady Gaga.  This puts an end to 1D’s impressive run of 16 straight weeks at #1.  The Lady Gaga surge is due to the fact that a whole slew of tickets to her 2013 Born This Way Ball Tour have been going on sale for the past week.  The last batch on on sales start tomorrow Friday October 5th for her shows in NYC, Brooklyn, St. Louis, St. Paul, Nashville, and Phoenix.

Top 10 Tickifieds Ticket Searches (September 27 – October 4, 2012)

1. Lady Gaga

There is a new queen of Tickifieds as Lady Gaga edges out the boy band One Direction.

2.  One Direction

Although One Direction dropped to #2 this week, search traffic is still extremely strong.

3.  Garth Brooks

The country music legend is playing for a limited time in Las Vegas.

4.  Detroit Tigers Playoffs

Miguel Cabrera wins the first triple crown in 45 years and the Tigers edge out the White Sox for the Division title.  Detroit is buzzing!

5.  Houston Texans

The Texans are looking like viable Super Bowl contenders.  Ticket prices and fan interest is growing.

6. Texas A&M Football

College Station is gobbling up SEC football.  Fans from all over Texas are excited to see some of the top teams in the nation.

7.  Atlanta Braves Playoffs

Braves fans are normally apathetic but the institution of the additional Wildcard game has Brave fans seeking tickets!

8.  Madonna

Despite her latest controversial tirade, fans are still eager to see the 90’s pop icon.  Ticket prices have dropped dramatically with many tickets on the market well below face value.

9.   Auburn Tigers Football

Auburn may not be primed for a BCS bowl but they still love their football in Tigerland.

10.  San Jose Earthquakes

I have no knowledge of what is going on in the world of soccer but I do know the San Jose Earthquakes are getting a ton of traffic over the last few days….what is going on with them?

Other trending events:  TCU Football, Justin Bieber, LSU Football, FSU Football, Bayou Bucket, Carolina Panthers, Notre Dame, Mumford & Sons.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

NFC and AFC Divisional Playoff Match-ups Set

broncos vs PatriotsThe NFL Wildcard Weekend is over and we have our matchups for both the NFC and AFC Divisional playoff games.  In the NFC the New Orleans Saints beat up on the Detroit Lions and will move on to San Francisco to face the 49ers.  The NY Giants of football also came up big and defeated the Atlanta Falcons.  The Giants will have the daunting task of playing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin.

In the AFC the Houston Texans looked impressive in their victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.  The Texans will go on to face the Ravens at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland.  Perhaps the most exciting game this weekend was between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers.  This epic game went into overtime before Tim Tebow once again willed the Denver Broncos to victory.  The Broncos will move on to face the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Boston Massachusetts.

The complete 2012 NFC Playoff Bracket is below:

NFC Wildcard Matchups

NFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

BYE

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

 

BYE

vs #4 NY Giants

TBD vs TBD

#3 New Orleans Saints (13-3)  vs

 

#6 Detroit Lions (10-6)

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

vs #3 New Orleans Saints

#4 New York Giants (9-7) vs

   

#5 Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

The complete 2012 AFC Playoff Bracket is below:

AFC Wildcard Matchups

AFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 New England Patriots (13-3)

BYE

#2 Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

#1 New England Patriots (13-3)

 

BYE

vs #4 Denver Broncos

TBD vs TBD

#3 Houston Texans (10-6) vs


#6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)

#2 Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

 
 

vs #3 Houston Texans

#4 Denver Broncos (9-7) vs

#5 Pittsburgh Steelers