2013 NFL team preview

Baltimore Ravens 2013 NFL Team Preview

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

The Ravens’ second Vince Lombardi Trophy is prominently displayed in the lobby of their training complex underneath a painting of the late owner Art Modell. But that doesn’t mean that the defending Super Bowl champions are overly sentimental when it comes to making tough roster decisions.

New Orleans Saints 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 Orleans Saints 2013 NFL Team Preview

The Saints enter the 2013 season as one of the most mysterious — and potentially dangerous — teams in the NFL. Are they the one-dimensional 7–9 squad that allowed an NFL-record 7,042 yards last season? Or the formidable 13–3 unit that set an NFL record for most yards gained in a season in 2011? The truth falls somewhere between the two extremes.

St. Louis Rams 2013 NFL Team Preview

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St. Louis Rams 2013 NFL Team Preview

Jeff Fisher made his bones in coaching with a bruising, physical defense coupled with a conservative run-oriented offense led by big back Eddie George. That was in Tennessee (and Houston). As Fisher enters his second season in St. Louis, the bruising, physical defense is still there. But this offense could be unlike anything ever seen on a Fisher team.

Indianapolis Colts 2013 NFL Team Preview

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Indianapolis Colts 2013 NFL Team Preview

No more sneaking up on the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts blew their underdog cover in 2012 with a most unexpected climb to 11–5 and a playoff spot only one year after a 2–14 train wreck.

Tennessee Titans 2013 NFL Team Preview

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Tennessee Titans 2013 NFL Team Preview

The Titans faithful hope the third time is a charm for coach Mike Munchak and quarterback Jake Locker, who are each entering their third season with the franchise following the disastrous breakup of Jeff Fisher and Vince Young.

With iconic owner Bud Adams entering his 90s, Tennessee is in win-now mode but may fall short of having the personnel to win the first Super Bowl in Oilers-Titans history.

Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Team Preview

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Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Team Preview

After an “uncomfortable” offseason, the Cowboys believe they are ready to contend. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and much of the coaching staff paid the price for a third consecutive non-winning season after Jones vowed to make things “uncomfortable” around the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters. Ryan was replaced by Monte Kiffin, the grandfather of the Tampa-2.

Minnesota Vikings 2013 NFL Team Preview

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Minnesota Vikings 2013 NFL Team Preview

On New Year’s Day 2012, the Vikings stumbled across the finish line of the most miserable season in franchise history. That day’s home loss to Chicago completed a 3–13 collapse. And with the defeat coming only two days after Adrian Peterson underwent surgery on torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee, nothing but misery surrounded the franchise.

Kansas City Chiefs 2013 NFL Team Preview

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Kansas City Chiefs 2013 NFL Team Preview

The Chiefs turned the page yet again after another miserable season, this time parting ways with general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel after yet another unsuccessful regime in Kansas City.

San Diego Chargers 2013 NFL Team Preview

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San Diego Chargers 2013 NFL Team Preview

There’s nothing like snapping the fans to attention by making a radical regime change and drafting Manti Te’o. That’s what the Chargers did after missing the playoffs for the third straight season and watching attendance sag. Citing the need for a “culture change,” team president Dean Spanos finally bowed to the fans’ wishes and fired Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.

Chicago Bears 2013 NFL Team Preview

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

For the first time since 2004, this is not Lovie Smith’s team. Marc Trestman was imported from the Canadian Football League with the hope that he could make the Bears a more frequent participant in the postseason. That’s something Smith was able do only once in his final six seasons, including 2012, when the Bears went 10–6 but missed the postseason on a tiebreaker.

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