Check out the 100 reasons why Adam Rank is excited for the 2013 NFL Season
The 2013 NFL season kicked off on Thursday and I, for one, couldn't be more excited about it. How excited? Allow me, Adam Rank, to give you 100 reasons to be geeked to be back to football.
1. Fantasy football!
You think it's too late to sign up? It's not. Do it!...I'll wait.
Teams have had a year to figure it out. Let's see what happens now.
3. NFL Fantasy Live
NFL Fantasy Live is moving to 5 p.m. ET this year! Make sure to set your DVR! Or, you know, watch it live!
4. Thursday Night Football on NFL Network
The start of every football week begins with Rich Eisen and the Hall of Famers on Thursday night. And yes, I'm calling Steve Mariucci a hall of famer, because he's that great of a guy.
5. Manning vs. Manning
6. There is a Joe Flacco photo hanging from Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium
Yeah, this doesn't need an explanation. That would be akin to hanging a Kobe Bryant photo from the Boston Garden.
7. Chip Kelly
I've bought in.
8. The Super Sophomore QBs
9. No, I didn't forget Colin Kaepernick
He's actually in his third season, selected in the same draft as Cam Newton. There hasn't been this much great young quarterback talent in ages.
10. The Houston Texans
Many are predicting big things for the Texans this season. Time to see if they step up, or if the window has closed.
11. Familiar Face in New Place, Part I
Ed Reed has come to Houston to help bring that championship attitude.
12. Familiar Face in New Place, Part II
Dude crushed the "Madden Curse" by nearly going for 2,000 receiving yards in 2012. I won't doubt him this year.
That's the goal for Adrian Peterson this year. Hey, many of us didn't think he would play much last year. So when AD says 2,500, I'm like, "Yes sir, why not 3,000?"
15. The Atlanta Falcons
The favorites in the NFC right now. But can Matt Ryan do it? It's going to be fun finding out.
16. Familiar Face in New Place, Part III
17. Rex Ryan
We never cared for the Jets much before he arrived and odds are we won't after his expected demise this year. He's got our interest now.
18. Joe Namath's Twitter account
He makes the Jets' season even more enjoyable, which I didn't think was possible.
19. The N "if" L
20. Norv Turner and Ray Horton in Cleveland
21. The New England Patriots
22. The Super Bowl is coming to New York
It's going to be awesome. Trust me.
23. Tyrann Mathieu
Meet your 2013 NFL defensive rookie of the year.
24. Bruce Arians
It's not every season the coach of the year changes teams. Arians will get the Red Birds back to the playoffs.
25. Chuck Pagano
The Colts look Chuck Strong going into the upcoming season, but will face a tough test. Not that they've shied away from tough tests before.
26. C.J. Spiller
I have to believe the Bills were serious when they said they were going to run him until he pulls the "Donovan" and throws up on the field. This will be the day we regret high definition TV.
27. New uniforms!
28. More videos from the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders
These young ladies bring down social media every time they cover a song.
29. Dez Bryant
He's going to reach his full potential this season.
The reboot of the legendary drama of the 1980s has nothing on the real drama happening with the football team. The NFL's Dallas makes for much better TV.
31. Alfred Morris
Don't be surprised when he gets close to 1,600 yards again. The Redskins need him to help defend their NFC East title.
32. Familiar Face in New Place, Part IV
33. Manti Te'o
You have about a month to get your "catfish" jokes in before this guy's play on the field makes us all forget.
34. Familiar Face in New Place, Part V
35. Familiar Face in New Place, Part VI
Alex Smith has shown during his career that he responds well to good coaching. He's going to get it in Kansas City.
36. A.J. Green
The Bengals have a bunch of new weapons, but Green makes the team go in Cincinnati. Pun intended.
37. The first touchdown scored Sunday morning in Week 1
And the dude who thinks his fantasy team is going to win it all because it was his guy who scored.
38. J.J. Watt
Who else would love to see him play some offense?
39. Jeff Tuel could start an NFL game
Tuel could become the first undrafted rookie QB to start in his first season out of college since at least 1950 if anything happens to rookie EJ Manuel. That's kind of awesome. And forget what I said in reason No. 9 about all of that talent.
And you all laughed at Al Davis when he made this pick. He's the only first-rounder from 2000 still on his original team. And this dude is going to kick a 70-yarder.
41. Ray Guy will be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
A senior committee nomination, this tomfoolery can finally end. Guy has long deserved this honor.
42. The NFC West
Adam Schein said the NFC West might be the best division in football. I have to agree with him.
This will never get old. Ever!
45. Michael Vick
He's had some great seasons in the past; this will be his best yet.
Normally, you don't think of dome teams having a fierce rivalry. This is the exception to the rule.
46. Tony Romo
Undrafted free agent from a small school overcomes the odds to be a Pro Bowl quarterback. Only in Dallas would this Cinderella story be vilified.
47. Tavon Austin
Mike Mayock calls him the most explosive player in the NFL. Good enough for me.
48. Devin Hester
He's bound to break some record every time he fields a punt.
49. The Deacon Jones Award
This has long been a passion of Dave Dameshek Football Program and that is to have awards named after famous players. The Deacon Jones Award is a great start! More of this please.
50. The Dave Dameshek Football Program
Just one of many great podcast offerings here at NFL.com, including the Around the League Podcast, Draft Tracker, Fantasy Live and the Rich Eisen Podcast among others. Of course, I'm partial to the DDFP seeing that I'm on it.
This will be the first time these teams have hooked up since the famed "Beast Mode" playoff game registered on the Richter Scale.
56. Tony Gonzalez
He was ready to walk away last year. But don't expect a step down in production.
57. Darrelle Revis
Don't underestimate how much he impacts this pass-happy division. Don't sleep on the Buccaneers.
The oldest rivalry in the NFL. And it keeps getting better. This year will be an aerial show.
59. Marc Trestman
He should have been hired as an NFL head coach years ago. The Monsters of the Midway will take flight in 2013.
The AFC Championship Game for two years running. It's going to be a tough challenge to make it a third.
Your 2013 New England Patriots, everybody!
63. Matt Forte
Get him on your fantasy team right now. He's poised for a monster year.
64. DeSean Jackson
He was seemingly lost the past few years. He will find his true calling under Chip Kelly.
65. The Divisional Round of the playoffs
I hereby declare this the best weekend of football of the entire season!
66. All of January, actually
Yeah, I hear you. The whole month is rather special.
67. Philip Rivers
It's either turn it around this year, Philip, or enjoy Jacksonville next year.
68. Richard Sherman
Come on, love him or hate him, he's rather entertaining. Don't be mad, bros. (Sorry, had to do it.)
69. Jadeveon Clowney
Hey, he'll be dominating in the NFL soon enough.
70. The Packers commit to the running game
Hah. That ranks up there with I'm going to start jogging Monday as some of the best intentions that never happen.
71. The Lions will have a better defense
72. Ziggy Ansah
But if this guy is legit, the Lions make the playoffs. Although, I feel like I'm just handing out these playoff appearances for teams like I'm Drew Carey or something.
73. Barkevious Mingo
We are at the dawn of a new era for great player names!
74. The last season for Mall of America Field and Candlestick Park
I know, not the most glamorous stadiums. But they had their charm.
75. The Oakland A's keeping the infield going in October
Maybe it's because my hometown Angels and Rams shared a stadium, but I miss the early part of the season when baseball infields encroached on NFL playing surfaces. Sue me.
76. The Quad Box!
Anybody who spends their Sundays with Scott Hanson feels me on this one.
77. That surprise team
Hey, we like rivalries!
79. The Green Bay Packers
Is it me, or have we dismissed the Packers this season?
80. Terrelle Pryor
He's earned the right to start for the Raiders. Hey, this should at least be interesting.
81. Some team will make a bid for Nick Saban
Come on, you know it's going to happen. And he's going to get bored beating Les Miles all the time, too.
82. GameDay Morning is back
And let's not forget First on the Field. Oh yeah, NFL Fantasy Live is on the RedZone channel, too.
83. Total Access moves to 8 p.m.
It's prime time!
84. Matt Leinart joins the Bills!
85. Reggie Bush
He's going to have a monster season for the Loins.
86. Doug Martin
Any other season, and this guy would have been your rookie of the year. And I still love the "Muscle Hamster" nickname, even if he doesn't.
87. Luke Kuechly
He has become one of the most disruptive defensive players in the NFL.
88. Vontaze Burfict
This kid has bounced back from being ignored in the NFL Draft to being a must-see player. Let's see if he can keep it going.
89. NaVorro Bowman
Hey, when you talk about fun defensive players to watch, you have to add him.
90. Fast-pace offenses
The Eagles won't be the only team to speed up the game. It will be like a video game out there at times!
91. Madden NFL 25
I don't know how they do it, but the game continues to get better.
92. Familiar Face in New Place, Part VI
Mike Silver joins NFL Media. Talk about your big-time free-agent signings.
93. The Pittsburgh Steelers
It's hard to imagine this legendary franchise is willing to just go away.
94. Fantasy Football is free
Hey, it's worth pointing out once again. Seriously, you should sign up. Remember. I told you to sign up. #1 reason people.
95. Tim Tebow
Or more specifically, not hearing from him during the regular season.
96. Jake Locker
He's going to show why he was a first-round pick this season.
97. A Football Life
Back for another season. Hard to imagine NFL Films can exceed its already lofty goals, but manages to each and every single time.
98. Your prediction blows up in your face
99. Your team is in the playoff hunt!
This isn't other sports where teams start the season already eliminated.
100. Well, that was for everybody other than Raiders fans
Sorry, but Ray Guy! He's going to be in the Hall of Fame.