Author: Andy

In Depth 2017: Baltimore Ravens

Under Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh, Baltimore is almost always competitive. But an 8-8 season in 2016 left the team out of the playoffs for the third season in four years. The team was better last year than in 2015, but a number of late game letdowns cost the team some close games. Now, heading into 2017, the team has seen a lot of turnover. And Joe Flacco is another year older. Has the team adequately enough addressed its needs to become a postseason player yet again? Or is this team still enough of a work in progress that...

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In Depth: Indianapolis Colts

During the Peyton Manning era and the first couple years of Andrew Luck’s tenure, double-digit wins were a given in Indianapolis. But the last two seasons, a subpar defense, the inability to protect Andrew Luck and some questionable draft decisions have knocked the Colts down a peg. The 2016 season resulted in a second consecutive 8-8 mark and another year of watching the postseason from home. But the Colts have a new GM who focused on filling defensive holes during the draft. Will it be enough to get Indy back in contention for a playoff run? Andrew Aziz, an...

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In Depth 2017: Minnesota Vikings

Despite many serious injuries and a QB rushed into the starting job, the Minnesota Vikings started 2016 5-0 and looked like one of the league powerhouses in the process. But injuries across the offensive line, disagreements among coaching philosophies and the league catching up to the Vikings’ deficiencies caught up to them and the team nosedived to an 8-8 finish. But optimism remains relatively high heading into 2017, with a pair of new tackles on offense, Sam Bradford heading to a full training camp and a roster refreshed with some young talent. Can Minnesota put it together for a...

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In Depth 2017: Arizona Cardinals

Coming off an NFC Championship game in 2015, expectations were sky high heading into the 2016 season for the Arizona Cardinals. But few teams disappointed more. The Cardinals dropped from 13-3 to 7-8-1, missing the postseason altogether. Injuries, illness and poor play all played a role in the 2016 collapse. Can Carson Palmer and the gang clean up mistakes to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy? Or did the window close on this team’s chances when the Panthers took them down in 2015? Alex Mann, a staff writer with Revenge of the Birds, shares his insights. Zoneblitz:  The...

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In Depth 2017: Philadelphia Eagles

When Philadelphia finished 7-9 in 2015, it was a disappointing season that resulted in Head Coach Chip Kelly’s dismissal. When the team matched that record in 2016, it had a bit of a different feel. The Eagles’ defense improved in every important metric last season and the team, for the first time since Donovan McNabb, appeared to have found a long-term keeper at QB. Carson Wentz was far from perfect during his rookie campaign, but he showed enough promise coming out of North Dakota State to feed fan optimism heading into this season. Can he and the team keep...

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Polls

Who will play in the Super Bowl?

  • Green Bay vs New England (63%, 5 Votes)
  • New England vs Atlanta (25%, 2 Votes)
  • Green Bay vs Pittsburgh (13%, 1 Votes)
  • Pittsburgh vs Atlanta (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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