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Super Sleepers: Can One of These “Underdogs” Stun the Nation?

Remember the Jets and Miracle Mets of ’69? The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team? The Buster Douglas-Mike Tyson stunner?

Every sports fan loves a great upset, especially when it’s his team doing the upsetting.

The Super Bowl has had a few surp…

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New Orleans Saints

NFC South: Saints Come Marching Back!

New Orleans Saints

The NFC South is one of the newer divisions in the NFL, but one of the most successful, evenly matched and certainly one of the most fun to watch.

Every team in the division has played in a conference championship and every one has played in a Super Bowl.

Since 2002, when the division was formed, every team has won the division at least twice, so it’s a very evenly matched division.

In terms of entertainment value, from a fan’s perspective, the NFC South has some of the most exciting and wide-open, pass-happy offenses to watch.

By the way, did you see where Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton said Tampa Bay secretly believes starting quarterback Josh Freeman can’t play, and that they are grooming rookie Mike Glennon to take over pronto?

“Josh Freeman has proven to me that he can’t play,” Tarkenton said in a radio interview with WDAE.

What do you think? Is Josh Freeman bogus? I mean, the guy did throw for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns last year.

And can the Saints, with newly returned coach Sean Payton, break Atlanta’s stranglehold on the division? Will they at least finish better than last year’s 7-9?

Here is what I think, based on training camp and preseason film, as well as extensive interviews with league sources.

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Adrian Peterson

NFC North: Packers To Rule Again

The four teams of the NFC North, the oldest division in the NFL, have been beating on each other for a long time, ever since the Vikings joined the league in 1961.

This is the famed “black-and-blue” division with some of the oldest and most…

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Colin Kaepernick

NFC West: Stacked With Talent, Loaded For Bear

The NFC West has had its ups and downs, for sure. This is a storied division that has produced eight Super Bowl trophies, between San Francisco and the St. Louis Rams.

Yet it was also the first division in NFL history to produce a champion …

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NFC East: Who Wants It Most?

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The NFC East is what former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle must have had in his head back in the old days when he and the team owners were working to achieve what was a new word: Parity.

The four teams in the division are so close, you could barely thread a Tony Romo spiral between them and yes, that even includes Philadelphia. A break here, a break there and even the Eagles could contend for the division title this year, not that I think they will.

There are some writers out there even predicting that all four teams in the division win at least eight games.

But, then there is the downside of parity, its synonym: Mediocrity.

These are all potentially good teams and there are some outstanding individual players, but none of these teams in my opinion are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. I don’t see any of them winning more than 10 games.

Oh, you disagree Mr. NFL Expert? You’re probably a homer.

In any case, here is the division preview and my unerring predictions.

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Blaine Gabbert

AFC South: Can Houston Bully its Way Into NFL Nobility?

The Houston Texans have been trying to shoulder their way into that tight circle of the NFL’s elite teams the past couple years, but the big bullies keep pushing them away, mocking them with insults and telling them they don’t belong yet.

C…

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Baltimore Ravens

AFC North Will Have a New Champion This Year

You NFL old-timers and purists probably know that the AFC North is the only division in the NFL that isn’t tainted by a charter team from the original American Football League (AFL). Just pure, undiluted NFL. Almost.

The Bengals were an AFL…

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Peyton Manning

AFC West: Broncos Stuck Their Neck Out for Peyton Manning and It’s Paying Off

You NFL history buffs probably know that the four teams currently in the AFC West have been there since 1970, when the old AFL West became the new AFC West when the AFL and NFL merged.

Of course, the Raiders were then in Los Angeles and th…

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Larry Csonka

Can Anyone Break Patriots’ Bullying the AFC East? Not This Year

The AFC East is one of the NFL’s storied divisions. Remember 1972 when the Miami Dolphins went undefeated? Some veterans of that team say the ’73 team was even better.

Remember the 1968 New York Jets, with Joe Namath, Emerson Boozer, Don …

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Questions to Ponder as NFL Teams Finally Open Training Camps

I believe I speak for all mankind today when I say: Thank you, Powers That Be. Training camp is finally here.

No more talk of murders, assaults, drug use, suspensions or ankle-biting. And that’s just the cheerleaders.

Actually, I’m sure we…

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