The NFL Is Fucking Back!

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Just two more days separates civilization from the start of the most popular sport in the greatest country. Two more fucking days until we get a rematch of Super Bowl L, well sort of not really since Peyton Manning retired and the Broncos are staring a second year quarterback who has never thrown an NFL pass. What does the NFL represent to us? It means football three days a week, and sometimes four on Saturdays. It means fantasy football. It means heavy gambling. It means long and lazy Sundays on the couch in our man caves watching NFL pregame shows, and then three games while eating junk food and chugging alcoholic beverages. There are two words to sum up this paragraph, “The Life.”

Here are the top 5 headlines heading into the 2016 season!

  1. Can the Denver Broncos repeat?

History would suggest no. The last team to defend its crown was the 2004 New England Patriots. The Broncos chances of repeating got a lot more challenging when Peyton Manning called it a career. The Broncos are the first team since the 2001 Ravens to not have their quarterback return after winning the Super Bowl. Like the Broncos, the Ravens relied heavily on their Hall of Fame caliber defense during their 2001 Super Bowl run. With all eyes on Trevor Siemian, look for the Broncos to keep things simple at the beginning and open up the playbook over the course of the year. You can’t let all their weapons on offense (Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and C.J. Anderson) go to waste.

2. Los Angeles

It has been 22 years since an NFL franchise called Los Angeles home. With the Rams relocating out west, the question now is whether the Oakland Raiders or san Diego Chargers will follow and get up and move. The Chargers continue to pursue a new stadium in San Diego, but know they have the option to pack up and head north to L.A. For the Raiders and owner Mark Davis, will it be a historic move to Las Vegas, or will they relocate to Los Angeles if the Chargers stay put. This is good for football, and great for the people of Los Angeles.

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3. Deflategate

It only took a year and a half, but Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four regular season games of the 2016 season, after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the ban a district court overturned last September. Jimmy Garoppolo will try and pick up the slack, as the second year player has received plenty of reps in training camp. If the Patriots can go 2-2 to begin the season, they are pretty much a lock for the playoffs. Why? Because you know when number 12 comes back, he is going to play angry and look to score 100 against every team.

4. Bills playoff drought

16 long seasons. 256 games.15,360 minutes of game time Bills fans have had to suffer through. Is 2016 the year? All Bills fans hope so. While there is not as much hype as previous seasons, this offense may be the best we have seen since the early 90’s. Tyrod Taylor is back for his second season and has plenty of offensive weapons, and an offensive line that returns all five starters from 2015. Fingers crossed they all stay healthy, and if that is the case, this Buffalo Bills team can be a wild card contender, and Rex and Rob Ryan can do whatever they want in the city of Buffalo.

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5. The International Game

 

The global footprint of the NFL continues to grow. The leagues International Series is expanding to four games with three being played in London, plus the first regular season game in Mexico City since 2005. On top of the expansion of games being played internationally, the game continues to see the talent pool increase of foreign players. The Minnesota Vikings drafted Moritz Boehringer in the sixth round of this past Aprils draft. Boehringer, the 22 year old German wide out, has only been playing the game for five years. The Vikings recently released MoBo, but did quickly sign him to their practice squad.

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