Category Archives: 2012 Previews

2012 Preview: New York Giants

The 2012 New York Giants come into this season as Superbowl Champs!  We are all eager to watch them in the home opener against division foe, the Dallas Cowboys.   The Giants organization and their fans should feel really good going into this season.  The main reason they should feel good, is because the Giants aren’t favored to win ANYTHING.  They aren’t favored to repeat as Super Bowl champs.   They are not favored to win their division, and some think they won’t even make the playoffs.   But that suits most fans just fine, because in the Giants two recent Super Bowl wins, they weren’t favored to do any of those things.  A lot of the credit has to go to Coach Tom Coughlin and General Manager Jerry Reese, who have done a great job putting this team together.  They developed an elite QB, an awesome defensive pass rush, and Pro Bowl caliber receivers.   If they do plan on returning to the Super Bowl, it will be difficult since they have one of the most challenging schedules in the league. Also, the Giants acquired TE Martellus Bennett, who blew up to about 300 pounds (according to “reports”).  Good one Jerry!  Here is more on the 2012 New York Giants. Continue reading

2012 Preview: Philadelphia Eagles (Guest Post)

Our Guest Contributor, Langley McGhee, hails from the DMV area (DC, MD & VA).  Fairly new to the sports journalism “arena”, he has been an avid follower of all major sports for most of his life.  As the “go-to guy” on all things sports amongst friends, family and co-workers, he enjoys the ability to connect to fans, near and far, through writing. When not talking or writing about sports, he’s a tech-geek (Systems Administrator) that loves spending time with his son.

Excitement and hope seem to surround the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. Many NFL analysts, and even Las Vegas oddsmakers, have ranked them among the top five-to-ten teams that may reach the Super Bowl this season.  Andy Reid and company began this offseason by getting back to the basics that once defined Reid’s Eagles tenure. They began with in-house signings to lock up the core of the Eagles players for many seasons to come. A bit of bad news for the Eagles this offseason was the unfortunate injury of one of the best OTs from 2011, LT Jason Peters. He will be replaced by OT Demetress Bell, a solid OL that replaced Peters when he departed the Buffalo Bills for the Eagles. They also strengthened the defense’s coaching staff with the hire of, well-known and respected, Todd Bowles as secondary coach. Then the Eagles went out and, by all accounts, had an outstanding 2012 draft which may produce three news starters to this defense that began to find their groove late last season.  Some impressive front-office moves include promoting player-friendly Howie Roseman to GM over hard-nosed Joe Banner.  While this move may not show dividends immediately, it bodes very well for the future of this franchise. With all this excitement surrounding the 2012 Eagles, what is an Eagles fan to do?   Let the 2011 season guide you to stay humble; because offseason buzz does not always translate to hoisting that ever-elusive Lombardi Trophy at season’s end.  Here is more on the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. Continue reading

2012 Preview: Dallas Cowboys

Year after year, I and other Dallas Cowboys fans go into the NFL season asking the same questions:  Will this be OUR year?  Will we make it to the playoffs?  Will Tony Romo jump over his many hurdles?  Will the Cowboys break my heart once again?  For America’s Team, 2012 is no different.  As usual, we are loaded with talent.  I say WE, because I’ve been a part of this team since I was 8 years old.  I’m more than a fan, and there are many like me.  We pour ourselves into this team every season, and we are waiting for some kind of payoff.  The 2012 Dallas Cowboys had a very good offseason.  We drafted very well, and we picked up some much-needed help on defense.  Since there is no lockout, we are well rested and banged up players we lost are rehabilitated.  Costly injuries last year made a huge impact on last season.  In a year where other teams are dealing with contract disputes and troubles with the law, it’s been relatively quiet for the Cowboys. I’m not a big fan of Jerry Jones as a GM, or of his incessant need to be the face of my Cowboys.  However, he has done a good job this off season adding the right pieces, and letting go of underused players.  The NFC East will be difficult, but I’m confident that the Cowboys will be in the mix.  Here is more on the 2012 Dallas Cowboys.

Fantasy Football Studs:  Tony Romo is a Fantasy Football stud!  That’s right, I said it.  I’m not going to bore you with his stats, but he is top 10 in yards and touchdowns.  People should not let their hatred of Romo or the Cowboys sway them from drafting him (or any other Cowboy for that matter).  Another is TE Jason Witten.  He has consistently been one of the best TEs in the league–definitely the best in this division. WRs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are capable of putting up great numbers for a fantasy team.  The running game will be effective behind the running tandem of DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones, who have home run hitter ability.  Like I said we are stacked with talent!  Lastly, the Cowboys defense is a much improved unit that will shut down offenses and score points. Continue reading

2012 Preview: Washington Redskins

The 2012 Washington Redskins have kept tradition with  an entertaining off season.  With the 2nd overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Heisman winning QB Robert Griffin III of Baylor University.  That pretty much sums it up right there.  Going into the 2011 season, it was clear that the Redskins needed a starting QB.  At the end of the 2011 season, the fact remained the Redskins needed a starting QB.  I have the pictures from the Redskins Draft Party at Fed Ex Field to prove that I along with Redskins fans everywhere are happy with this move by the Redskins organization.  While I don’t have high hopes for a Superbowl appearance or even playoffs, I’m a happy fan.  I do have high hopes for dramatic improvements this year over last year.  6 of the 11 losses in 2011 were by 1 TD or less.  It seems we have a better chance to score on offense this year and I’m hoping more of those close games go in favor of a Skins W.  Here is more on the 2012 Washington Redskins.

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Sunday in the Skybox: NFC East

The National Football Conference-Eastern Division (NFC East) will wrap up our Sunday in the Skybox team by team 2012 Preview.  This division (composed of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins) is the division WE love the most!  For our newer readers, I am a Redskins fan and D is a Cowboys fan.  While we are often a house divided when it comes to football games on Sunday, we certainly both weren’t jumping up and down about our division foes, the NY Giants winning yet another Superbowl.  Still-we must give credit where credit is due.  The Giants went on an amazing run in 2011.  Congrats to them and their fans.  We highlight the Giants, their special 2011 run, and all they have in store for 2012 as our last team by team 2012 Preview.   As of late, the Giants have been the most successful (Superbowls 2 in 4 years) of the division.  However, overall the team with the most Lombardi Trophies is the Dallas Cowboys (that was tough to type!).

Bad Blood in this Division:  The bad blood in this division is what makes it one of the most exciting in the NFL.  None of the teams like or respect each other.  Fans of the respective teams will not give any love on the talents of players on the other teams.  Redskins fans hate Tony Romo, Cowboys fans hate Michael Vick.  And the rivalries in this division are not a joke!  Especially not to us.  As a Cowboys fan, it seems as if every other team in the entire division claims us as a rival.  Because of tradition, the city in which I live, and my lady–I hate the Washington Redskins.  I consider the Cowboys vs Redskins rivalries the most significant.  However nowadays, fans of other teams and around the league see this rivalry as a dying one.  With the Mike Vick era and the Donovan McNabb era that preceded, the Eagles vs Cowboys rivalries have turned into true battles.  The Giants have crushed the very real playoff hopes of Cowboys fans and Eagles fans plenty of times.  Every year is a nail biter.  Continue reading

2012 Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs are certainly glad that last season is over.  They had high hopes after a playoff appearance the year before.  But injuries to several players early in the season, took the wind out of the Chiefs’ sails.  It cost Todd Haley his head coaching job, but made way for defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to be the new coach.  Where Haley lost the respect of his players, Crennel became the player’s choice as their new coach. With a new season here, the Chiefs are looking forward to the return of key players to help them compete in a tough division.  They have also added some new additions  to help them.  With questions at quarterback, it remains to be seen whether a defensive minded coach like Crennel can put he right personnel in place or a dynamic offense.  Something that he was unable to do consistently when he was the head coach of the Browns.  Here is more on the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Football Studs:   The defensive unit will be very effective, especially with presence of LB Tamba Hali and new draftee nose tackle Dontari Poe.  The secondary is also very strong and are counting on the return of safety Eric Berry, who was lost to injury last year.  Another stud is WR Dwayne Bowe, who has been the most prolific receiver in Chiefs history.  The Chiefs are also hoping that running backs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis develop that one-two punch that most teams are running.  Both RBs are coming off injury plagued seasons, with Charles getting knocked out for the season in Week 2 last year.

Area of Strength:  The Kansas City defense is the area of strength for the Chiefs.  Led by Tamba Hali and the tutelage of coach Crennel, the Chiefs hope to return to the playoffs.   Hali led the team with 12 sacks.  The Chiefs drafted Dontari Poe in hopes that he will help the team stop the run, which they struggled with last year.  Returning from injury is Pro Bowler Eric Berry, who is the leader of the secondary, which includes corners Brandon Flowers, free agent Stanford Routt, and fellow safety, Kendrick Lewis.  This unit will be the catalyst for this team.

Area of Weakness:  Quarterback Matt Cassel hasn’t played a full season since the Chiefs got him in a trade 4 seasons ago.  Last year, he only managed just 9 games and about 1700 passing yards.  Don’t get me wrong, when Cassel is healthy and has time, he can pick you apart and find the open receiver.  He’s got a good running game with good receivers.  But Cassel has yet to put together  the magic season when he took over for an injured Tom Brady in New England.  However, Cassel does have security in knowing that he has at least a full season to show that this is his team.  His backup is Brady Quinn, and no offense to Quinn, but Cassel’s job is secure for this season.  No sure that will help the Chiefs.  A healthy, upright Matt Cassel is what Kansas City needs to have a good season.

2012 Marquee Matchups:  Its going to be a difficult year with the schedule the Chiefs have this season.  Right out the gate, they have Atlanta in Week 1, Buffalo, Week 2, New Orleans, Week 3, and Baltimore, Week 5.  In Weeks 10 and 11, the Chiefs take on Pittsburg and Cincinnati back to back.

All Things Kansas City Chiefs:  There are several ways to keep up with 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.  Here are a few.

Blogs:  Arrowhead Pride ; Arrowhead Addict ; Chiefs Command

Apps: Chiefs Mobile for iPhone (by Locker Partner) and  Arrowhead Addict for iPhone (by Notice Software)

Fan Clubs:   The official fan club for the Kansas City Chiefs can be found on under fan zone. 

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