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Carolina Panthers 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI It seemed so clear last off-season, how things would play out in Carolina. Steve Smith was supposed to be on his way to another team; Jonathan Stewart was finally going to get his chance to be a full-time starter, and take it to the bank, if I were a sports betting fan, rookie Cam Newton would fall flat on his face (still bitter he beat my Ducks) in year one. Then the lockout lifted and s ...

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New Orleans Saints 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI I was certain New Orleans was sure to finally have a feature tail back when they traded up for Mark Ingram in the draft, and then parted ways with Reggie Bush, after the lockout. Sure, they signed Darren Sproles but I figured he was likely to be used much of the same way Bush was, translating to plenty of touches for Ingram, as the season moved along. Well, the Saints continued throwing t ...

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Minnesota Vikings 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI The Donovan McNabb experience tour turned out to be a value less than the price of admission in Minnesota, and by mid-season rookie Christian Ponder received his license to drive the Vikings offense. While Ponder continued to have problems staying on the field, once again in his career, I did like what I saw from the mobile quarterback. Ponder was helped from the emergence of Percy Harvin ...

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Green Bay Packers 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI What looked like a possible run for a second title in two years quickly went the wrong way as the Packers lost in their first playoff game to the Giants. While Aaron Rodgers had one of the best years in NFL history, the lack of quality defense and an inept rushing attack was exposed. Still, this truly had to have been a fun encore season for Packer fans fresh of a Championship the year be ...

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Chicago Bears 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI Struggling in pass protection early in the year, Jay Cutler did a great job of keeping his team in the playoff hunt. Before his season-ending hand injury, Cutler was helped out when then OC Mike Martz switched Cutler's drops to more three and five step, and throw passes. While Cutler did the best, he could with a below average pass blocking line and a below average receiving core, star ru ...

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Detroit Lions 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI We all wondered what the Lions would look like if Matthew Stafford could just stay healthy for a full season, and stay healthy he did in 2011, as he threw for over 5,000 yards and led Detroit back to the playoffs. Unfortunately, the team had to rely almost solely on Stafford's arm to move the football on offense as both Mikel Leshoure (pre-season) and Jahvid Best had season-ending injurie ...

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New York Giants 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI While Victor Cruz was catching headlines as a breakout star in the Giants offense, it was Eli Manning that was the driving force to allow this team another opportunity to win a championship. Manning clearly took his game to another level, which was needed as the running game struggled without Ahmad Bradshaw in stretches, and a patchwork defense.   Looking To Repeat A few of the notab ...

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Washington Redskins 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI The RGIII era is about to begin and while the Redskins will likely miss the playoffs this year, true optimism seems to be in the air for a franchise that's had more downs than ups over the past decade. Great talent, backed by hard work and a positive attitude seem to be the traits that Robert Griffin will bring to the table, and that is exactly what this team has needed from the quarterba ...

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Philadelphia Eagles 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI What started out as a possible dream team turned into a nightmare as the Eagles struggled to win games, star players were unhappy with contract situations, and personnel on defense didn't match what the coaching staff required them to do on the field. In short, Coach Andy Reid is lucky to still have his job, but he's probably deserving of another chance because of all the success this fra ...

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Dallas Cowboys 2012 Schedule

Photo By: Icon SMI Felix Jones was much talked about in the preseason, as possibly being ready for a breakout season, but in the end, he continued to have injury problems, and rookie DeMarco Murray emerged, and took over the starting role. While Murray finished his season early with an injury in his own right, he clearly showed that he can be a play maker in this offense, and as long as the Cowboys offensiv ...

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