The air is crisp, the temperature has dropped a few degrees and sports bars everywhere are stocking up on chicken wings. What else could that mean but that the 2012 NFL Season has arrived. As we prepare to kick off the fist Sunday of football, here are the Sports with Balls Show AFC Predictions:
Each member of the SwBS staff submitted a ballot, which was tabulated to form consensus picks. Individual Division, Wild Card, Conference Champion and Super Bowl Champion picks for each staff member can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
An asterisk (*) denotes a consensus wild card winner.
1. New England Patriots – “There is little reason to believe that the Pats won’t dominate once again in the regular season. The offense should once again be scary good with the likes of Brady, Welker, Gronkowski & Hernandez returning along with the addition of Brandon Lloyd. Playoff success could very well depend on defense and its ability to improve with the additions of rookie DE Chandler Jones and LB Dont’a Hightower.” – Mike O
As we approach the opening of the 2012 NFL season, teams will have new faces under headsets Week 1. The Colts, Jaguars, Chiefs, Dolphins, Raiders, Rams and Buccaneers all have new coaches this upcoming season. Let take a look. Continue reading
After not playing since 2010, Chris Chambers has decided to hang up the cleats. Chambers played 12 seasons with the Dolphins, Chargers and Chiefs. Selected in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Dolphins, he had 540 catches for 7,648 yards and 58 touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowler in 2005 and finished third in the league in receiving touchdowns twice with 11. Chambers is planning on signing a one day contract with the Dolphins in the pre-season.
The NFL’s free agent market is open for business. Rumors, news and speculation has been rolling in for weeks and we now are finally ready for some solid movement.
As signings/trades are reported check back for the “Sports with Balls” crews thoughts on the moves.
5/12 WR Randy Moss – (Titans) 49ers – 1-year/$2.5 million, with another $1.5 million possible through incentives.
- After a year of retirement, Moss makes his return to the NFL. His workouts reportedly went out well. The Niners take a shot that he has the desire/physical ability to still play.
5/13 WR Marques Colston – (Saints) Saints - 5-years/$40 million
- Coltson has surpassed the 1000 yard mark in receiving yard 5/6 seasons. The Saints resign one of Drew Brees weapons for the next 5-years. Time to turn the attention to the QB.
5/13 WR Brandon Marshall – (Dolphins) Bears – Traded for two 3rd round picks.
- Marshall caught 81 passes for 1214 yards from Chad Henne & Matt Moore. The Bears look to add production to an offense in serious need of pass catchers.
The Indianapolis Colts have officially said good-bye to the Peyton Manning era. The 14-year relationship ended after the Colts decided to release Manning rather than pay his $28-million salary for 2012. Manning is now free to sign with any team in the NFL effective immediately. Peyton Manning was the only quarterback to start for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2010 (208 games) until a neck injury sidelined him for the entire 2011 season. What makes the Manning-Colts consecutive start streak even more impressive is to think that during that same period (1998-2010) the Chicago Bears used 17 different starting quarterbacks. The former #1 overall draft selection and future Hall of Fame inductee Manning leaves Indianapolis as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, it will be bizarre to see him lineup under center for a different organization.
Peyton Manning Colts Passing Records:
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Peyton Manning Accomplishments:
Super Bowl XLI MVP
2003 NFL AP MVP
2004 NFL AP MVP
2008 NFL AP MVP
2009 NFL AP MVP
11 Pro Bowl’s
19 playoff game appearances
2 Super Bowl appearances
Health pending, Peyton Manning enters free agency as one of the most sought after free agents in sports history. Football fans looking for some excitement in the off-season won’t be disappointed as the Manning sweepstakes get underway.
Six men will enter the halls of Canton this August. The NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2012 inductees are Curtis Martin, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman and Jack Butler.
Curtis Martin RB
Martin played 11 seasons in the AFC East for the Patriots and Jets. He ran for 14,101 yards and 90 touchdowns, while winning the 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl 5 times.
Cortez Kennedy DT
Kennedy played 11 seasons for the Seahawks recording 568 tackles and 58 sacks.
Willie Roaf T
Roaf played 13 seasons for the Saints and Chiefs, making the Pro Bowl 11 times.
Dermontti Dawson C
Dawson played 13 seasons for the Steelers making the Pro Bowl 7 times.
Chris Doleman DE
Doleman played 15 seasons for the Vikings, Falcons and 49ers. He recorded 914 tackles and 150.5 sacks.
Jack Butler DB
Butler played 9 seasons for the Steelers, recording 38 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries.
Chester McGlockton was pronounced dead Wednesday morning. McGlockton was the 16th overall pick in 1992 NFL draft by the Raiders and played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos and Jets. He had 481 career tackles and 51 sacks and made the Pro Bowl four times. He was currently in his second season as a Defensive Assistant for Stanford. Chester was only 42 years old.