2013 NFL Season Predictions: Super Bowl Champion Bengals!

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Making predictions for the Super Bowl on February 2nd today on August 27th. Yes, you got to love it. That’s why I’m all about the Cincinnati Bengals as your Super Bowl champion. When you make NFL divisional and Wild Card picks before even the 4th preseason game…well that’s bold.

Look for these to be about as accurate as my NFL mock draft. So don’t take this with a grain of salt. How about a whole truckload of salt. Well, time is a wasting so let’s jump right to the predictions.

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Aaron Hernandez arrested, released by Patriots

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To quote Snoop Dogg, “murder was the case that they gave” New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

We don’t know the specific charge yet. However, he was officially arrested, taken away to be arraigned, and the New England Patriots have released him.

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Ravens’ Terrell Suggs mocks Patriots with expletives, insults

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was anything but a gracious winner as his team defeated the New England Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl. Suggs looked like a jackass with these postgame comments: “These are the most arrogant pricks in the world, starting with [coach Bill] Belichick on down. Tell them to have fun at the Pro Bowl. Arrogant fuckers.”

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Crowded New England Patriots WR Corps: room for Jeremy Ebert?

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The New England Patriots truly have an abundance of talent at the wide receiver position. It’s probably their strongest and deepest group. Wes Welker may be very unhappy about his contract, but he claims he will not hold out this season. Chad Ochocinco tries to hold on for another year, former Illini star Brandon Lloyd will compete with Deion Branch to be the team’s deep threat, and 2007 perfect season role players Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth are back in the mix. Don’t forget Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater and Northern Illinois and Riverside-Brookfield High School product Britt Davis.

Jeremy Ebert from Northwestern is hoping to find his niche in New England as well.

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New England Patriots: most interesting team in 2012 NFL Draft?

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Doesn’t it seem like the New England Patriots go out of their way EVERY season to trade down and acquire more picks? Every year, they’re a fun team to watch on draft day, because they always seem to end up with more picks than anyone else. In 2012, even more so, because they have four picks in the first two rounds.

And even though they were just one Wes Welker drop, or perhaps one inexplicable Tom Brady interception, away from winning the whole thing, they still have a ton of needs (as losing to the worst world champion in sports history taught us). First and foremost are DB, pass rushing in the front seven, depth at OT and OG, and maybe another running back.

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New England Patriots 2012 draft preview: breaking it down

Patriots front-runner for Tim Tebow? Jaguars, Dolphins also in the mix

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Word is all over the internets today that the Peyton Manning deal is done. He’ll sign with the Denver Broncos. Which means jettisoning incumbent starter and 2011 franchise identity Tim Tebow. And surprisingly John Fox and John Elway aren’t expecting much in return for Tebow; therefore it’s a buyer’s market.

The most logical landing spot might be with the offensive coordinator-then-head-coach Josh McDaniels who originally drafted him in 2010. McDaniels is back to his old gig with the New England Patriots, meaning Foxboro could be Tebow Town….if a season ending injury to Tom Brady occurred.

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New England Patriots vs. New York Giants: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Here we go- two 5-2 NFL clubs with eyes on winning their respective East divisions. And of course New England Patriots vs. New York Giants is a rematch of Super Bowl XL. Most people remember that game from the moment above, when an obscure loser named David Tyree- who never again caught a NFL pass, was the unlikeliest of heroes.

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Steelers Hines Ward is Right- New England Secondary is AWFUL

It’s not that the New England Patriots secondary is the worst in NFL history- I still think it’s a tie between the 1995 Atlanta Falcons (after Deion $anders and Tim McKyer left, D.J. Johnson was their “best” DB) and the 2010 Houston Texans (you and I could have burned them for a TD…if we had a good QB getting us the ball).

It’s that the Patriots have the worst pass defense in the NFL this season, and they have quite possibly the worst secondary in the history of “really good NFL teams.” Think about that- what NFL team that routinely appears in the top 5 of many power rankings is also DEAD LAST (as the Pats are in passing yards allowed per game) in one of the four major statistical categories (passing, rushing, rush defense, pass defense).

Opponents routinely do to New England what British redcoats tried to do it in the 1770s- destroy it!

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Patriots Rookie Marcus Cannon Beats Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Returns to Football

There’s something very extraordinary about New England Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who practiced Tuesday for the first time this season.

Cannon, a fifth-round pick out of TCU, found out he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (strains of which are some of the deadliest cancers out there) just days before the NFL Draft last April. He was considered a second-round prospect prior to the news of his illness. So the situation caused his draft stock to drop a few rounds, and for him to lose out on some money.

I know the feeling of having something like that derail your life right when you’re trying to establish it. I battled and defeated Hodgkin’s disease (a very similar form of lymphoma) twice between the age of 22 and 25; close to Cannon’s age.

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Tom Brady, Dirk Nowitzki Named to Top 49 Most Influential List

Think you have juice like Tropicana? These 49 guys have more juice than an entire grove.

AskMen.com published their sixth annual Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011 list today.  More than 200,000 readers voted- leading to some unexpected results.

NFL Player and University of Michigan alum Tom Brady (New England Patriots) is #42, the only NFL player to make the list. Notably missing from last year’s Top 49 is Drew Brees. The Purdue grad who ranked in at No. 6. I’m surprised that Brady is so low; especially when you consider how every media personality feels the need to mention how awesome is life is every time they mention his name.

And it’s true- not every one of guys gets the chance to be obscenely wealthy, ridiculously famous, good looking, in perfect physical health and married to a supermodel. So really #42, that’s it?

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New England Patriots Find New Tailback in Stevan Ridley?

How much longer are the New England Patriots going to go with the Law Firm and Woodhead approach at tailback? Don’t get me wrong, it’s working for them, both BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are serviceable to solid, but I wonder if they’ll ever bring back a feature back mentality.

The last bulk carrier was Corey Dillon and that was over three years ago. Many draftniks thought they were going to take Trent Richardson’s predecessor in Alabama- Mark Ingram, but it didn’t happen. Instead Ingram went to the Miami Dolphins.

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