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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

Top Weekend Events 12/16/2011-12/18/2011

Tim Tebow vs Tom BradyIt’s Wednesday and that means it is time to take a look at the most popular events going on across the country this weekend.  With college football on a hiatus until the bowl games begin next week, NFL football is back to dominating the search results at Tickifieds.com.  Coming in at number 1 on the list is Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos vs Tom Brady’s New England Patriots.  The ever polarizing Tim Tebow is 7-1 as a starter after he led yet another last minute comeback against the Chicago Bears.  The Broncos now have a 2 game lead over the Oakland Raiders (Denver owns the tie-breaker) in the AFC.  It seems as though Mr. Tebow has turned both fans and Bronco management into believers and ticket prices have absolutely sky-rocketed the past couple of weeks.

Coming in at #2 this week is the Monday Night matchup between two 10-3 teams, the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.  OK, so this game isn’t actually taking place this weekend but we thought it was important enough to include on this list as this game is shaping up to be a great one.  At #3, the 0-13 Indianapolis Colts will be looking to pick up their first win of the season against the Tennessee Titans.  While this game doesn’t sound all that exciting fans are gobbling up these very affordable tickets (under $15 a ticket).

The other NFL games on the list also have some nice story-lines generating heavy fan interest.  In Oakland, the Raiders and Lions will face off both badly needing a win to stay in the playoff hunt.  In Kansas City, the 13-0 Green Bay Packers will be looking to stay undefeated after their last road game of the year.  Lastly, the 7-6 Chicago Bears will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Seattle Seahawks.  However, fan interest in this game is likely due to a substantial drop in ticket prices following the loss of both Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.

Making the list at #6 is our first college basketball game:  NC State vs the #1 Syracuse Orange.  College basketball is king in North Carolina so it’s not much of a surprise that the #1 team in the nation coming to Raleigh is driving ticket demand.  As the conference play starts up expect college basketball tickets to frequently make the list of top events.

Pulling up the rear are a few non-sports events.  The Radio City Christmas Spectacular makes the list for the 3rd week  in a row with their sold out show in Nashville, Trans-siberian Orchestra’s Christmas performance in Tulsa on Friday night comes in at #9, while Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s critically acclaimed “The Book of Mormon” slides in at #10.

1. Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots 12/18/2011 Denver, CO
2. San Francisco 49ers vs Pittsburgh Steelers 12/19/2011 San Francisco, CA
3. Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans 12/18/2011 Indianapolis, IN
4. Oakland Raiders vs Detroit Lions 12/18/2011 Oakland, CA
5. Kansas City Chiefs vs Green Bay Packers 12/18/2011 Kansas City, MO
6. NC State vs Syracuse Basketball 12/17/2011 Raleigh, NC
7. Chicago Bears vs Seattle Seahawks 12/18/2011 Chicago, IL
8. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 12/16/2011 Nashville, TN
9. Trans-siberian Orchestra Concert 12/16/2011 Tulsa, OK
10. The Book of Mormon 12/18/2011 New York, NY

2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

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Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers will be looking to get back to the Super Bowl in 2011

Now that the labor dispute between the NFL owners and the union formerly known as the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) appears over, it’s time to starting thinking football – NFL Football!  With the largest collection of free agents EVER on the market, a lot is still yet to be determined.  Top Free Agents such as Nnamdi Asomugha (CB), Carl Nicks (G), Jonathan Joseph (CB), Santonio Holmes (WR), Sidney Rice (WR), DeAngelo Williams (RB), Ray Edwards (DE), Stephen Tulloch (LB), Brandon Mebane (DT), Davin Joseph (G), and Doug Free (OT) will certainly have an impact on the rankings once their future is decided.  However, we are an impatient bunch and we want our rankings now!  So without further adeiu, here are your 2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings…

 

2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

1.  Green Bay Packers

Defending a Super Bowl title is normally highly unlikely but its hard to pick against the Green Bay Packers in 2011.  They have a stud young quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and a ton of talent on both sides of the ball.  Considering how much time many key players lost to injury last year they should have ‘fresh legs’ in 2011.

2.  Pittsburgh Steelers

As usual, there are lots of rumors surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers but somehow this teams always seems to put it together when it counts.  They still have a tough defense and a solid running game in spite of whoever may be throwing the ball this season.

3.  New England Patriots

The New England Patriots will go as far as Tom Brady takes them.   With Mr. Brady healthy and ready to go, the big question will be their offensive line.  Given Bill Belichick’s propensity for  hiding weaknesses and getting the most of his talent, expect the Pats to be title contenders in 2011.

4.  Indianapolis Colts

Although many are predicting the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning to be on the decline, don’t count them out in 2011.  The Colts appeared to have addressed their offensive line woes and Mr. Manning has shown no signs of slowing down.

5.  Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan and the young Atlanta Falcons appear to be ready to take the next step and become a dominant force in the NFC.  If they can add a legitimate WR through free agency, this team could be extremely dangerous!

6.  Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler may have broke off his engagement to Kristen Cavallari but he has to be happy that the Chicago Bears are attempting to revamp their offensive line. Good thing the lockout didn’t cut into preseason so the entire unit will have a chance to gel.  If the offensive line can give Jay Cutler some time to throw down field this team will be REALLY dangerous.

7.  Baltimore Ravens

The defense is certainly aging (i.e. Ray Lewis) but the development of Joe Flaco and the addition of Anquan Boldin makes the Baltimore Ravens a deep and balanced team.

8.  NY Jets

The New York Jets are certainly getting the swagger of a top NFL team but they still need to develop some sort of pass rush if they are to win will playing ‘Jets’ football.  If they finally take the kid gloves off of QB Mark Sanchez this team could be a real threat.

9.  Philadelphia Eagles

We reluctantly put the Philadelphia Eagles at #9 on our list despite the fact that their defense and offensive line have some major issues.  The Eagles are here solely for the fact they are rumored to be interested in signing 5 time retiree Bret Farve.

10.  NY Giants

Rounding out the top 10 is the NY Giants of football.  Tom Coughlin’s job will once again be on the line which means somehow he will pull together his troops and make a playoff run.  Tiki Barber for comeback player of the year?

Sleeper Pick

11.  Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a horrible season but they still have loads of talent.  A healthy Tony Romo and the fact that they finally have a competent coach in Jason Garrett and you have the makings of a sleeper team.

The Best of the Rest…

12. New Orleans Saints

13.  KC Chiefs

14.  Tampa Bay Bucaneers

15.  San Diego Chargers

16.  Jacksonville Jaguars

17.  Oakland Raiders

18.  Seattle Seahawks

19.  Tennessee Titans

20.  Miami Dolphins

21.  St. Louis Rams

22.  Houston Texans

23.  Detroit Lions

24.  Washington Redskins

25.  Denver Broncos

26.  San Francisco 49ers

27.  Arizona Cardinals

28.  Buffalo Bills

29.  Cincinnati Bengals

30.  Minnesota Vikings

31.  Cleveland Browns

32.  Carolina Panthers

Wild Card and Divisional Schedule Announced by NFL

The postseason schedule is shaping nicely once the Seattle Seahawks beat the St. Louis Rams on Sunday (Jan. 2) Night Football.  Also, notably, the Green Bay Packers won a very important game for them against the Chicago Bears last night.  While the outcome of the game would neither adversely nor positively affect the Bears post season chances, the Packers desperately needed a win to stay in.  Ask and ye shall receive, yah?

The schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs and Divisional Playoffs were announced by Commissioner Roger Goodell today.  The Wild Card Playoffs occur January 8-9th while the Divisional Playoffs take place January 15 – 16th.

On the 15th, the highest seed between the Colts, Chiefs and Ravens will play against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.  The lowest seed team among the Rams/Seahawks, Saints and Packers will take on the Falcons in Atlanta later in the evening.

The following day on the 16th, the remaining NFC team (Eagles, Seahawks or Saints) will play the Bears in Chicago in the afternoon.  The remaining AFC team (Chiefs, Ravens or Jets) will play the Patriots in New England in the evening.

The NFC Championship Game will be played at 3 p.m. (ET) on January 23rd 23 (Fox); the AFC game will be at 6:30 p.m. (ET) (CBS).
NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND

Saturday, January 8

NFC4:30 PM (ET) New Orleans Saints at Seattle (NBC-TV)
AFC: 8:00 PM (ET) New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (NBC-TV)

Sunday, January 9

AFC: 1:00 PM (ET) Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS-TV)
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX-TV)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 15

AFC4:30 PM (ET) Indianapolis Colts or Kansas City Chiefs or Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS-TV)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET) Seattle Seahawks or New Orleans Saints or Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons(FOX-TV)

 Sunday, January 16

NFC: 1:00 PM (ET) Philadelphia Steelers or Seattle Seahawks or New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (FOX-TV)
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Kansas City or Baltimore or New York Jets at New England (CBS-TV)

The 2011 Pro Bowl (FOX, 7:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  This will be one week before Super Bowl XLV which takes place at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas on Sunday, February 6 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET).

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