2013 NFL team preview

San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Team Preview

The 49ers made a stunning run to the NFC title game two years ago in coach Jim Harbaugh’s rookie season, only to fall 20–17 in overtime to the New York Giants on a cold, rainy night at Candlestick Park. Last season the 49ers regrouped and reached the Super Bowl but lost 34–31 to Baltimore when their final drive died at the Ravens’ 5-yard line after three straight Colin Kaepernick incomplete passes.

Denver Broncos 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
Denver Broncos 2013 NFL Team Preview

John Elway the front office suit is much like John Elway the quarterback. The man is always in a hurry, always looking for a competitive edge, always trying to pull off the next big play. And so it was that, in the aftermath of the Broncos’ shocking 2012 playoff exit, Elway wasted exactly zero time wallowing in the disappointment. Instead, he did something. Sign the top-rated guard in free agency. Check.

New York Giants 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
New York Giants 2013 NFL Team Preview

The disappointment that the Giants felt when they missed the playoffs last season, 11 months after winning the Super Bowl, was only matched by their shock and confusion. They were 9–7, which isn’t bad. Along the way they beat some of the NFL’s best teams. But they also lost to Atlanta and Baltimore in Weeks 15 and 16 by a combined score of 67–14.

New England Patriots 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
New England Patriots 2013 NFL Team Preview

The Patriots’ championship window, or at least the Tom Brady era, is approaching its end, but there is no reason to believe that another AFC East title isn’t on the way this season. The Bills, Jets and Dolphins do not appear ready to challenge the Patriots, setting up New England for its fifth straight playoff appearance.

Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
Green Bay Packers 2013 NFL Team Preview

Having paid out a whopping $55 million in signing bonuses to quarterback Aaron Rodgers and outside linebacker Clay Matthews, the Green Bay Packers successfully locked up their two biggest stars. But they have also caused a segment of their passionate fan base to worry that with so much money tied to only two players, the salary-cap ramifications will be disastrous.

Houston Texans 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
Houston Texans 2013 NFL Team Preview

The opportunity to claim the AFC championship was there for the Houston Texans in 2012. Then they folded down the stretch. As a new team takes shape, fans are still grumbling about how the 12–2 Texans needed only one win to secure the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed but inexplicably lost at home, 23–6 to Minnesota, and then failed in the season finale, 28–16 at Indianapolis.

Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Team Preview

Without being asked, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll informed beat writers on a conference call that then-rookie Russell Wilson would be his starting quarterback to open the 2012 season.

Dead silence.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Team Preview

General manager Kevin Colbert chafes at the notion that the Steelers are rebuilding after the kind of roster turnover that qualified as astounding given his organization’s reputation as one of the most stable in the NFL. Coach Mike Tomlin insists that the Steelers are simply in transition after an 8–8 season.

Cincinnati Bengals 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
Cincinnati Bengals 2013 NFL Team Preview

The Bengals think of themselves as Super Bowl contenders. Their roster says they should be in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy. So does their experience. All that’s left for them to do is to prove it on the field following Wild Card playoff losses at Houston the last two seasons.

Atlanta Falcons 2013 NFL Team Preview

Athlon counts down to the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season with in-depth team previews for all 32 teams
Atlanta Falcons 2013 NFL Team Preview

Say this about the Atlanta Falcons: They don’t rest on their laurels. Coming up just 10 yards short of the Super Bowl and winning an NFC-best 13 games apparently wasn’t good enough for GM Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith. They overhauled the roster despitea recording the No. 1 overall playoff seed for only the second time in franchise history.

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