Seahawks to Repeat as Champs in 2014? Not So Fast…

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Following a highly entertaining 2013 season that culminated with the Seattle Seahawks beating the Denver Broncos soundly in the Super Bowl, all 32 of the NFL’s teams are anxious to take to the gridiron to prove themselves in 2014.

The eyes of many fans are focus firmly upon the NFC West, where the NFL’s two best teams reside. The rivalry between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers is perhaps the most fierce in all of the current professional sports landscape. Both are championship contenders on an annual basis, and there’s a decent chance that one of them will be hoisting Lombardi trophy next February. Both teams have excellent quarterbacks, stout defense and wise and confident coaching. The rivalry is also fueled by the seeming disdain that Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll have for one and other, dating back to their coaching days at Stanford and USC.

The Carolina Panthers are a very tough team that was only a few steps from the Super Bowl last season, and quarterback Cam Newton is clearly doing whatever it takes to improve with each passing season. NFC South rival New Orleans Saints have a very well-polished offense and are hoping for a return to the Super Bowl, propelled by the strong and accurate arm of quarterback Drew Brees.

Other major contenders from the NFC heading into the 2014 season include the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers is hungry for a return to the Super Bowl, and the hopes and dreams of the entire Bears fan base is riding on the strong-arm of quarterback Jay Cutler. Former Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly clearly has a good thing brewing in the City of Brotherly Love.

The entire American Football Conference can be separated into two categories. Based on the last several years, the two strongest teams are clearly those captained by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, but it seems to be time for a changing of the guard. The most qualified teams to usurp the stronghold that Manning and Brady have had on the conference seem to be the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets.

All four divisions will be up for grabs, and surprising things are sure to happen, but quarterback Andrew Luck appears to be the future in Indianapolis. Cincinnati has been cooking up a tasty recipe for quite some time, waiting to finally be invited to the big boy’s table. Hard-core NFL fans are counting down the days until the 2014 kickoff, which will take place on the evening of Thursday, September 4th when the aforementioned Packers do battle in Seattle.

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