NFL RUSH

We know that you love watching the "NFL RUSH ZONE: Guardians Unleashed" TV show on Wednesdays at 9:30 PM ET on Nicktoons. [Yes, that's what we in the business call a "shameless plug"...but seriously, the show is pretty darn good.]

But we don't know that you *know* the unsung stars of the show: the Rusherz.

So prove it to us.

Using the clues below, try to guess which Rusher is silhouetted in the picture above!

1. This Rusher loves cold weather, which is good since he lives in one of the coldest cities in the NFL.

2. He's strong, brave and fearless, so it's best to stay on the right side of his hammer.

3. He was featured in the recent "Troy's Comeback" episode.

4. Even though he's moved away, this Rusher is still a good friend of Jared Allen.

5. He might be the only Rusher who owns his own dual horned battle helmet.

Last year the Kansas City Chiefs won their first nine games after having the worst season in franchise history the previous year. The Chiefs were the main example for an improving team, but they were not the only team to significantly improve. San Diego, Carolina, and New Orleans all had their teams reach the playoffs after missing the postseason the previous year. Here are a few teams that could take a big step forward.

1. New York Giants- The Giants have been up and down for the past 10 years, but last year was the worst season in the stretch. The team lost its first six games and finished the season 7-9. Quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions, most in the NFL, and only 18 touchdowns. That should change this year. After the woeful start, the Giants went 7-3 in their last ten games to close out the year. Manning will now have a dynamic rookie to throw to in Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle has potential as a starter. The offensive line, one of the worst in the NFL last year, added center Weston Richberg in the draft and guard Geoff Schwartz in free agency and the running game now has Rashad Jennings. The defense was solid last year after they traded for linebacker Jon Beason and the secondary is improved with the acquisitions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond. Justin Tuck left, but if Jason Pierre-Paul stays healthy the pass rush could be scary. It also helps that the Giants are in the NFC East and have the pieces to run away with the division.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers- Like the Giants, Pittsburgh started last season poorly, losing their first four games. But in the second half of the season, the Steelers went 6-2 and were a San Diego loss away from making the postseason. The defense has improved with the additions of rookies Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt and veteran safety Mike Mitchell, and several young players could break out. If Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds improve, the pass rush could be one of the best in the league. The linebacking core of Jones, Worilds, Shazier, and Lawrence Timmons is the strength of the defense and shows how the team is getting younger and faster. On offense, LeVeon Bell could emerge as a top running back. After his injury in the beginning of the season, Bell did very well and could be the center of the offense this year. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still one of the best in the league and has a great receiver in Antonio Brown, who had 1,499 receiving yards last year. Look for the Steelers to contend for the AFC North and make the playoffs.

3. Baltimore Ravens- John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco both missed the playoffs for the first time in their professional careers after making the playoffs five times. Flacco gets some of the blame after throwing a career-high in interceptions, but plenty of other units get some of the blame. Ray Rice, usually one of the best runners in the NFL, had a terrible season, partly because the offensive line was awful. But there is a good chance of significant improvement. The offensive line was improved, meaning the running game should be better, and Steve Smith, the best player in franchise history for the Panthers, was added to make the receiving group more dangerous. Dennis Pitta, Flacco's favorite target, is now healthy and should have 700 yards and 5 touchdowns. The defense also has potential. The unit has gotten a lot younger and has rookie C.J. Mosley, Matt Elam, and Jimmy Smith complementing Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Haloti Ngata. The special teams unit is arguably the best in the league, with Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker, punter Sam Koch, and electric returner Jacoby Jones.

4. Houston Texans- In 2013, the Texans won their first two games... and then lost their next 14 games. The team got a lot better this off-season, especially the pick of Jadeveon Clowney and hiring of head coach Bill O'Brien. Clowney and former Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt could be the best pass rushing duo ever and will definitely be scaring quarterbacks for the next 10 years. O'Brien will improve the offense and needs to choose between veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, backup Case Keenum, and rookie Tom Savage for the starting quarterback job. Ben Tate left, but Arian Foster used to be one of the best running backs in the league. Andre Johnson, the best player in the history of the Texans, is in a contract dispute but should come back and can be one of the most consistent receivers in the league. Houston has been injury-plagued and Foster and linebacker Brian Cushing will need to stay healthy for the team to contend. But thanks to the hirings of O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and an extremely easy division, the Texans will have a bounce back year and could go to the playoffs.

5. Chicago Bears- For the majority of the 21st century, the Chicago Bears have been a defense-first team. But after Lovie Smith was fired, the focus switched. The team hired offensive guru Marc Trestman to improve their traditionally mediocre offense and it worked immediately. Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall had great years and Alshon Jeffery emerged as one of the elite wide receivers. And all of that was with a career backup, Josh McCown, at starting quarterback for most of the year, and now Jay Cutler is back from injury. The team was one win away from the playoffs last year and could win their division with their stellar receiver combination. The problem, surprisingly, is the defense, which was injury-prone for most of the Year and was near the bottom of the league in multiple statistical categories. The Bears did get help in the pass rush with the additions of Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen and the team has multiple young players who could emerge. Chicago has not lived up to expectations in recent years, but if they can dodge the injury bug they could win their division and make the playoffs.
Poll: Top Training Camp Storylines

At the end of this month, all 32 NFL teams will open their training camps and get ready for the 2014 season.

This means one thing: NFL FOOTBALL is almost back!

There are lots of great stories as camp begins:

Young Guns: Brent Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Johnny Manziel. Will any of these rookie quarterbacks win the starting job?

Familiar Faces in New Places: Jared Allen, DeSean Jackson, Derrelle Revis, DeMarcus Ware. Which of these guys will do the best for their new team?

Defending the Crown: Seattle Seahawks. Winning the Super Bowl is super hard. Winning it twice in a row is even super harder. Can the champs repeat?

Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen is voted the 68th-best player in the NFL by his peers on 'Top 100 Players of 2014.'

Poll. Who will win the first game of the season?

Wednesday night the NFL released the official schedule for the 2014 season.

 

Did your team get a favorable schedule?  Are you thinking "Super Bowl?" 

 

Here are the top 10 cool things about the 2014 NFL schedule:

 

1. The Seattle Seahawks begin their title defense against the Green Bay Packers, in the Thursday night season opener.

 

2. Three games Week One games we can't wait for:

 

Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens

San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys

 

3. Monday Night Football kicks off with a great doubleheader!


New York Giants vs Detroit Lions

San Diego Chargers vs Arizona Cardinals

 

4. The Patriots, Broncos, Colts, Steelers, Bears, Cowboys, Packers, Giants and Saints all have five primetime appearances. 

 

5. The Indianapolis Colts have the easiest schedule in the league.  If you’re looking for a team to block the Broncos path back to the Super Bowl, the Colts are a good call.

 

6. The Oakland Raiders have the toughest schedule.  It’s just brutal!

 

7.  Jared Allen, Eric Decker, DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson, Michael Johnson, Knowshon Moreno, Darrelle Revis, Steve Smith and Aqib Talb all play games against their former teams this season.

 

8. The Thanksgiving line up is chock-full of rival showdowns!


Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens

Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers

 

9. Keep an eye out for a late season surge by the Green Bay Packers.  They play five of their final eight games at home, when the weather will likely be a factor.

 

10.  This is going to be another awesome year of NFL football!  Okay, we already knew that, but it’s true!

 

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Poll. Who was the biggest draft steal?

What is a NFL Draft "steal?" It's when a team gets an awesome player in one of the later rounds of the draft.

 
Some of these guys are future Hall of Famers...how did so many teams miss on them???
 

Top Five Recent Draft Steals

 

5. Elvis Dumervil (2006)

Denver Broncos, 4th Round -126 Overall

Were there really 125 better players in the 2004 draft?  We kinda doubt this, too.

 

Career Stats: 256 Tackles, 73 Sacks and 18 Forced Fumbles

Accomplishments:  3 Pro Bowls – NFL Sack Leader (2009)

 

4. Jared Allen (2004)

Kansas City Chiefs, 4th Round -126 Overall

Ah...that's amazing.  Both Allen and Dumervil were the 126th player picked in their respective drafts.  Coincidence? 

 

Career Stats: 555 Tackes, 128 Sacks and 29 Forced Fumbles

Accomplishments:  5 Pro Bowls –NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 2 time NFL Sack Leader

 
 3.  Robert Mathis (2003)

Indianapolis Colts, 5th Round - 138 Overall

Whenever you can draft a future Hall of Fame DE in the 5th round, we suggest you do it!

 

Career Stats: 487 Tackles, 111 Sacks and 48 Forced Fumbles

Accomplishments:  6 Pro Bowls –Super Bowl Championship – AFC Defensive Player of the Year

 

2. Marques Colston (2006)

New Orleans Saints, 7th Round - 252 Overall

We’re not sure how the Saints found Colston, but Drew Brees sure is glad that they did.

 

Career Stats: 449 receptions, 6,240 yards and 48 TDs.

Accomplishments: 1 Super Bowl Championship - Saints All-Time Leading Receiver

 

1. Tom Brady (2000)

New England Patriots, 6th Round - 199 Overall  

Wow...just wow. The Patriots finding Tom Brady in the 6th round is like finding a winning lottery ticket.

 

Career Stats: 4,178 Completions, 49,149 Passing Yards 359 TDs.

Accomplishments:  9 Pro Bowls - 3 Super Bowl Championships – 2 NFL MVPs

 

Poll. Which was the best fantasy Defenses in the NFL North?

The Steel Curtain. The Monsters of Midway. The Purple People Eaters. The Purple Pain. 

 

The NFL's black and blue divisions are known for tough defenses with cool nicknames.

 

Not quite all of them lived up to those expectations last season, so it's up to you to determine the best one.

 

AFC & NFC North Defenses


Baltimore Ravens

A modest year in Raven terms as they worked-in younger players. Look for a big upswing next season.

 

2013 Stats: 40 Sacks – 24 Turnovers  - 3 TDs - 125 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Chicago Bears

The Bears expect more from their defense, which is why they went out and signed Jared Allen and Lamar Houston.

 

2013 Stats: 34 Sacks – 28 Turnovers  - 5 TDs - 117 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Hear them roar!  The Bengals defense got it done last season.

 

2013 Stats: 43 Sacks – 31 Turnovers  - 7 TDs - 170 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Cleveland Browns

They did a good job of adding pressure to the QBs, but there’s still room for improvement.

 

2013 Stats: 40 Sacks – 21 Turnovers  - 4 TDs - 114 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Detroit Lions

With their talented DL, you’d expect more sacks, but they did improve.

 

2013 Stats: 34 Sacks – 28 Turnovers  - 5 TDs - 120 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Green Bay Packers

Based on last season we should call them the Green Bay Sackers.

 

2013 Stats: 44 Sacks – 22 Turnovers  - 3 TDs - 110 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Minnesota Vikings

They would be wise to improve the offense in order to keep the defense off the field.

 

2013 Stats: 41 Sacks – 20 Turnovers  - 3 TDs - 90 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

They did a fair job at keeping teams from scoring, but didn’t really perform up to their standards.

 

2013 Stats: 34 Sacks – 20 Turnovers  - 3 TDs - 115 RUSH Fantasy Points

 

Poll. Did you know that Ursus americanus is the genus and species of the American Black Bear?

What do you call a former purple people eater who is now a furry ferocious Ursus americanus?


You call him Jared Allen, the newest Chicago Bear!


Yes the Chicago Bears signed free agent Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen, adding another key element to their burgeoning defensive line.  Allen, who had 11 sacks last season for the Minnesota Vikings, has 128.5 career sacks which ranks 12th on the all-time NFL list.

 

This move, coupled with the recent signing of free agent DE Lamarr Houston, should give the Bears a front line that growls fear into the hearts of opposing QBs.

 

Poll. Who is the best available free agent?

Wow...look at the big names still available!  

 
Michael Vick, Knowshon Moreno, Maurice "Pocket Hercules" Jones-Drew...Jared Allen, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Spikes...
  

We could sign them all and form our own team of NFL RUSH free agents...the Super Bowl will be ours!!!

 

Check the list below and then tell us which ones you think your team should snag.

 

 

Best Available Offensive Players

 

 

Best Available Defensive Players

 

    1. QB Michael Vick

    2. RB Knowshon Moreno

    3. RB LeGarrette Blount

    4. RB Maurice Jones-Drew

    5. TE Jermichael Finley

    6. RB Andre Brown

    7. QB Josh Freeman

    8. OG Travelle Wharton

    9. TE Owen Daniels

   10. WR Santonio Holmes

   1. DE Jared Allen

   2. DB Antonio Cromartie

   3. LB Brandon Spikes

   4. DT Henry Melton

   5. DE Anthony Spencer

   6. LB Shaun Phillips.

   7. DE Corey Wotten

   8. DE Robert Ayers

   9. LB Arthur Moats

  10 DB Dimitri Patterson

 

 

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE While you were out playing 60 this weekend, all 32 NFL teams were hard at work improving their rosters.àà à Check out the latest and let us know: who did the best? à Staying Home à The Saints re-resigned OTàZach Strief. à The Patriots re-signed WRàJulian Edelmanàand signed WRàBrandon LaFell. à The Jets re-signed LBàCalvin Pace. à Moving On à The Colts signed WRàHakeem Nicks. à The Browns signed

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

While you were out playing 60 this weekend, all 32 NFL teams were hard at work improving their rosters.

Check out the latest and let us know: who did the best?

Staying Home

The Saints re-resigned OT Zach Strief.

The Patriots re-signed WR Julian Edelman and signed WR Brandon LaFell.

The Jets re-signed LB Calvin Pace.

Moving On

The Colts signed WR Hakeem Nicks.

The Browns signed RB Ben Tate.

The Eagles signed S Nate Allen.

The Giants signed CB Walter Thurmond.

The Broncos signed WR Emmanuel Sanders.

Rumors

WR Lance Moore is visiting with the Steelers.

QB Brandon Weedenand DE Jared Allen are speaking with the Cowboys.


FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE

Free agent Friday fun fest! The action keeps happening furiously fast. Which of these moves do you the like the best...or not like at all?

Staying

The Bears re-signed Charles Tillman.

The Packers resigned DT B.J. Raji.

The Vikings resigned WR Jerome Simpson.

The Buccaneers signed C Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Going

The Dolphins signed DB Cortland Finnegan and G Shelly Smith.

The Ravens signed WR Steve Smith.

The Titans have signed Michael Oher.

Rumors

The Dallas the Cowboys are looking at DE Julius Peppers.

WR Emmanuel Sanders is talking to the 49ers and the Chiefs.

DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is talking to both the Jets and the Giants.


FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

Did you sleep well last night? Because while you were dreaming of puppy dogs and cotton candy, several NFL teams were shaking, baking and deal-making.

Be sure to leave a comment about which teams are making the best moves.

Staying

The Ravens re-signed LB Daryl Smith.

The 49ers re-signed CB Tarell Brown.

The Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew.

Moving

The Titans signed LB Wesley Woodyard.

Rumor Mill

LB Brandon Spikes is talking with the Bills today. Stay tuned.

DE Henry Melton is deciding between the Cowboys and the Seahawks.

OT Donald Penn is close to signing with the Raiders.

WR Julian Edelman will visit the 49ers today.


THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE

The moves just keep coming in this free agent free-for-all. What do YOU think?

Staying

The Bills re-signed TE Scott Chandler.

The Jaguars re-signed DE Jason Babin.

Going

The Cardinals signed WR Ted Ginn and LB Matt Shaughnessy.

The Raiders signed DT Justin Tuck and DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley.

The Redskins signed DTs JasonHatcher and Clifton Geathers and LB Darryl Sharpton.

The Vikings signed DB Captain Munnerlyn.

The Colts signed C Phil Costa.

The Chargers signed QB Kellen Clemens.

Not Sure

TE Brandon Pettigrew is reportedly nearing a deal with Jets.

WR Andrew Hawkins is on the verge of a deal with the Browns.


THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

The big moves keep coming! Let us know what you think in comments.

Staying

In a bizarre series of events, OT Rodger Saffold failed his physical with the Raiders and then was re-signed, and passed his physical, by the Rams.

The Ravens re-signed WR Jacoby Jones.

Going

WR Steve Smith was released by the Carolina Panthers. Some team is going to get a great "catch" there.

CB Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots. Wow.

The New York Jets signed WR Eric Decker.

The Eagles traded for RB Darren Spoles and signed CB Nolan Carrol.

The Buccaneers made yet another big move by signing OT Anthony Collins.

The Jaguars signed DE Chris Clemonsand DT Ziggy Hood.

The Redskins signed DB Tracy Potter.

Not Sure, Yet

WR Hakeem Nicks has visited the Panthers, Colts and Chargers.

The Giants are reportedly talking with WR Ted Ginn.

Wednesday Update

Some big moves today! How is your team doing? Any of these moves surprise you? Let us know in the comments.

STAYING PUT

The Dolphins re-signed DT Randy Starks.

The Ravens re-signed WR Jacoby Jones.

The Giants have re-signed LB Jon Beason.

The Seahawks have re-signed DT Tony McDaniel.

ON THE MOVE

Wow! The Broncos continued their massive talent build-up by signing Pro Bowl DE DeMarcus Ware.

The Lions signed WR Golden Tate.

The Buccaneers signed QB Josh McCown.

The Vikings signed DT Linval Joseph.

GOODBYES

The Buccaneers released DB Darrelle Revis.

The Browns released QBs Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.



TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

It's on! The first day of Free Agency hit like an all-pro linebacker, as teams rushed to add the best available players to their rosters.

Surprise...Darren McFadden is staying with the Raiders! But a bunch of other players landed on new teams, check it out below.

Players Staying

The Ravens have re-signed OT Eugene Monroe.

The Colts have re-signed DB Vontae Davis.

The Raiders have re-signed RB Darren McFadden.

Players Moving

The Falcons signed DT Paul Soliai, DE Tyson Jackson and G Jon Asamoah.

The Browns signed LB Karlos Dansby and S Donte Witner.

The Dolphins signed OT Branden Albert and DT Earl Mitchell.

The Cardinals signed OT Jared Veldheer.

The Raiders signed OT Rodger Saffold.

The Jaguars signed G Zane Beadles.

The Buccaneers signed DE Michael Johnson.

The Chicago Bears signed DE Lamarr Houston.

The Colts signed LB Arthur Jones.

The Titans signed KR Dexter McCluster.

The Broncos have signed S T.J. Ward.

The 49ers signed S Antoine Bethea.

The Eagles signed S Malcom Jenkins.

The Giants signed RB Rashad Jennings and LB O'Brien Schofield.

The Redskins signed WR Andre Roberts.

Which team made the best Free Agent pick-up so far? Tell us in comments!



TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

In the calm before tonight's storm of transactions, we have a couple of updates to give you on players re-signing with their current teams ... and a few other rumors to whet your appetite.

Players staying with their current teams

DONE DEALS

The Bengals have re-signed KR Brandon Tate.

The Colts have re-signed K Adam Vinatieri for two more years.

The Giants re-signed a trio of players: DB Trumaine McBride, RB Peyton Hillis and G Kevin Boothe.

The Redskins have re-signed LB PerryRiley.

The Lions are not letting RB Joique Bell get away; they signed him to a two-year extension.

The Falcons have resigned Jonathan Babineaux.

RUMORS

If there are not able to strike a trade, the Buccaneers are expected to release DB Darrelle Revis.

Word on the street has the Panthers and WR Steve Smith parting ways.

The Buccaneers are rumored to have a deal in place with DE Michael Johnson.

It looks like the Redskins will be signing WR Andre Roberts.

The Colts and the Steelers are the favorites to land LB Arthur Jones.

Bears are actively pursuing DE Lamarr Houston.



MONDAY UPDATE

As expected, the weekend saw a flurry of activity...but the real fun begins tonight at midnight. That's when free agent players are officially able to sign with other teams. Stay tuned, it's going to get crazy!

A bunch of teams resigned their stars before they could test the free agent waters, most notably the Seahawks resigning star defensive end Michael Bennett.

Check out who else is staying with their current team:

Done Deals


DE Michael Bennett resigned with the Seahawks.

LB D'Qwell Jackson resigned with the Colts.

CB Sam Shields resigned with the Packers.

DB Brent Grimes resigned with the Dolphins.

QB Chad Henne resigned with the Jaguars.

QB Matt Cassel resigned with the Vikings.

WR Anquan Boldin resigned with the 49ers.

WRs Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper both resigned with the Eagles.

TE Dennis Pittare signed with the Ravens.


Rumors

The Dolphins appear on the verge of signing OT Branden Albert.

The Cardinals are the early favorite to sign LT Jared Veldheer.

The Colts are close to a deal to keep DB Vontae Davis.

The Jets are hoping to sign S T.J. Ward.

T Eugene Monroe is expected to resign with the Ravens.


Whoa...I Didn't Expect That

RB Rashard Mendenhall announced his retirement.

DB Antonio Cromartie was released by the Jets.

The NFL's version of The Wild West begins this Saturday at noon, as hundreds of NFL players will be free to sign with any team that offers them a contract. Think of it as a massive fantasy football swap meet with teams bidding on the players of their choice.

It's going to be crazy! Lucky for you, we've got this handy-dandy NFL RUSH Free Agent Tracker for you. We will constantly update with all the free agent action, so check back often.


We've listed our top 10 offensive and defensive free agents below. Tell us in comments which one you want for your team!

Top 10 Offensive Free Agents

Top 10 Defensive Free Agents

1. Eugene Monroe

2. Branden Albert

3. Ben Tate

4. Eric Decker

5. Hakeem Nicks

6. Knowshon Moreno

7. Julian Edelman

8. Darren McFadden

9. Maurice Jones-Drew

10. Michael Vick

1. Jairus Byrd

2. Michael Johnson

3. Aqib Talib

4. Alterraun Verner

5. Lamarr Houston

6. Michael Bennett

7. Vontae Davis

8. T.J. Ward

9. Randy Starks

10. Karlos Dansby

Be sure to tune into the NFL Network this weekend to catch all of the action!

Wow! It’s been a wild week of players changing teams, re-signing with their own teams and, in some cases, finding themselves without a team at all.     There are still a lot of deals to be done, so the moves are far from over.     So who did well? Below is our opinion...use the comments to tell us yours.   Best Moves   Broncos:  Denver came into the offseason looking to tighten up their defense.  With the signing of DE DeMarcus Ware an

Wow! It’s been a wild week of players changing teams, re-signing with their own teams and, in some cases, finding themselves without a team at all.  

 

There are still a lot of deals to be done, so the moves are far from over.  

 

So who did well? Below is our opinion...use the comments to tell us yours.
 

Best Moves

 

Broncos:  Denver came into the offseason looking to tighten up their defense.  With the signing of DE DeMarcus Ware and DBs Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, we think they are looking pretty tight.  Mission accomplished!

 

Buccaneers:  Tampa Bay did more in three days than most teams do in a year.  DE Michael Johnson, CB Alterraun Verner and QB Josh McCown will help new coach Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers quest for the playoffs next season.

 

Patriots:  Acting quickly after losing Aqib Talib, New England pounced on all-pro CB Darrelle Revis, one of the best shutdown corners in the NFL.

 

 

Best Available Offensive Players

 

 

Best Available Defensive Players

 

  1. RB Ben Tate

  2. WR Hakeem Nicks

  3. WR Julian Edelman

  4. OT Michael Oher

  5. WR Steve Smith

  6. QB Michael Vick

  7. RB Knowshon Moreno

  8. WR Emmanuel Sanders

  9. RB LeGarrette Blount

  10. RB Maurice Jones-Drew

  1. DE Jared Allen

  2. DT B.J. Raji

  3. DT Henry Melton

  4. DE Julius Peppers

  5. DB Antonio Cromartie

  6. LB Brandon Spikes

  7. CB Charles Tillman

  8. LB Shaun Philips

  9. DE Anthony Spencer

  10. DE Corey Wotten

 

  With a dissapointing season under their belt, the Vikings are looking ahead into the off season. -Re-sign DE Jared Allen: One of the Vikings core players, they can't allow him to slip away in free agency. Allen has been one of the most dominant DEs over the past few years, posting almost 130 sacks over the span of his 10 year career, including a 22 sack campaign in 2011. Allen is a low risk-high reward type player, his worst season posting 7.5 sacks(With Kansas City in '06). The Vikings c

 

With a dissapointing season under their belt, the Vikings are looking ahead into the off season.

-Re-sign DE Jared Allen: One of the Vikings core players, they can't allow him to slip away in free agency. Allen has been one of the most dominant DEs over the past few years, posting almost 130 sacks over the span of his 10 year career, including a 22 sack campaign in 2011. Allen is a low risk-high reward type player, his worst season posting 7.5 sacks(With Kansas City in '06). The Vikings can't afford to let Jared Allen walk in free agency.

-Draft QB Derek Carr: Unlike Allen, there is quite a risk in taking Derek Carr. However, Carr has a huge upside and could be just the QB the Vikings need. Carr has been great in college for the Fresno State Bulldogs. In the past two years at Fresno, Carr has thrown for at least 4,000 yards, including a tremendous 5,083 yd/50 td 2013 campaign. The Vikings should definitely look into drafting Derek Carr #7 overall.

-Sign Coach Mike Zimmer: Mike Zimmer has transformed the Bengals into a defense powerhouse. Zimmer is a defense mastermind and could turn the Vikings into playoff contenders. With a new quarterback and head coach like Mike Zimmer, the Vikings are sure to have a much better record than this year.

Which moves do you think the Vikings should take? Comment!!

 

 

 

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  Unfortunately for several cities, there are a few teams in the NFL this year that have the record 0-3 to start 2013. However, some teams are in the situation where if two or three plays turn out differently, they could almost have a winning record. Some that are coming off good years are disappointing while others are coming off bad years and are simply playing as expected. Nevertheless, they are all 0-3, but that does not mean that some winless teams have played a bit less expected, or s

 

Unfortunately for several cities, there are a few teams in the NFL this year that have the record 0-3 to start 2013. However, some teams are in the situation where if two or three plays turn out differently, they could almost have a winning record. Some that are coming off good years are disappointing while others are coming off bad years and are simply playing as expected. Nevertheless, they are all 0-3, but that does not mean that some winless teams have played a bit less expected, or startling, than others. Here is something called the "startled rankings." It is a scale from one to five where the higher the number given to a team, the more baffling it is that they are winless. Now, for how surprising a winless record is for a team and why.


First, the Jaguars. Coming off two consecutive ugly seasons, Jacksonville continued to ignore the desperate need for a solid quarterback in the offseason. Their defense was not exactly horrendous and their wide receivers were good. Inevitably, though, there is absolutely no way you can win without a quarterback. This year's 0-3 start has come with no gasps: 1 out of 5


Secondly, are the swashbucklers, also known as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Josh Freeman has shown signs of accuracy, leadership, and what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He has not produced at a high enough standard as well. Doug Martin is one of the only bright spots on this team, and you cannot depend solely on a running back for wins. Hopefully rookie quarterback Mike Glennon can help them, because with the way Josh Freeman is playing, you are not going to be getting too many more wins: 2 out of 5


Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings had a tremendous year in 2012 to say the least, and is having another solid year so far, but if you have heard it once, you have heard it a million times, you are not going to win without a quarterback. Christian Ponder helped taking his team to the playoffs, but Peterson did a lot of work as well. Disregarding Jared Allen and Adrian Peterson, the entire team is mediocre. So, though they made it to the playoffs, they will not be there again until they get a new quarterback. This year, though many might disagree, 0-3 should be nothing out of the ordinary for Minnesota: 2 out of 5


It is a strange thought that only two years ago, the New York Giants were World Champions. Now, they have been embarrassed every second they were on the field in the three weeks that have been played. It is flustering when you are shut out for sixty minutes in an entire NFL game. It is even more so when it happens while you are on the same field as the Carolina Panthers. Peter King, one of the most well known NFL experts, had the Panthers placing last in the NFC, so to not only be beat or crushed, but to not be able to score on that team, you know that you are getting ready for a long season. You cannot really say you did not see this coming either. The Giants really do not look like an NFL team right now: 3 out of 5

 

Poll. Which player will score the first TD?

Vikings players, including Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen, joined head coach Leslie Frazier during a coaching clinic with British kids near London's Wembley Stadium.  Our British cousins, it seems, enjoy playing 60 as much as we do!

 

The Minnesota Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium in London this Sunday.  

 

Check out the game between the Vikings and Steelers live from London on Sunday at 1:00pm ET on CBS.


In a surprise move, Coach Jones announces that Tua is this season's Captain of the Bulldogs. Marty and Troy think it's an invitation to goof off, until Tua learns how to be a real leader. Meanwhile, Wild Card unleashes his Evil Clone Guardians, and the real Guardians are forced to fight ‘themselves,’ with the help of Vikings DE JARED ALLEN AND Redskins LB, Brian Orakpo.

 

Check out this preview of this Sunday's brand-new episode, featuring the voices and animated personas of Vikings DE Jared Allen and Redskins LB Brian Orakpo!

 

"NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians" airs Sundays at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.

Poll. How many wins will the Vikings have this season?

The Minnesota Vikings added three first round picks and hope to build on the momentum from last season’s surprising playoff run.

 

Training Camp Observations

 

Having a healthy RB Adrian Peterson has given the entire team a lot of confidence.

 

The Vikings QB Christian Ponder has shown continued improvement.

 

Rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been everything the Vikings hoped for, and then some!

 

DB Josh Robinson has been making a case for being one of the starting DBs this year.

 

Watch for RB Toby Gerhart getting more carries this year in order to lighten the load on Adrian Peterson

 

DE Jared Allen is this week’s guest player on the RUSH ZONE: Season of the Guardians.

 

Check out this cool preview of this Sunday's brand-new episode, featuring the voices and animated personas of Vikings DE Jared Allen and Redskins LB Brian Orakpo!

 

"NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians" airs Sundays at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.

Poll. How many sacks will Jared Allen get in 2012?

Vikings Rookie Offensive Lineman Matt Kalil may have found his toughest blocking assignment already in training camp: He has been matched up with 2011 NFL sacks leader DE Jared Allen.  There may not be a better player in the league at making offensive linemen look silly than allen who has 105 sacks in his career.  So far, reports out of the camp say Kalil has been performing extremely well.  At the end of the day these two are teammates and this challenge in camp should push them to a new level when the regular season comes.  

 

 

 

 

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Poll. Which NFC North team do you think had the best draft?

I think the Packers best draft pick this year was Derek Sherrod (offensive tackle Mississippi State) at pick number 32 in the first round. I'll have to agree that it may not have been the most exciting pick. It's always more exciting when your team picks ball handling positions such as quarterback, running back, or wide receiver, but after Ingram went to New Orleans, there wasn't that "sure thing" impact player left. What Sherrod will do is protect that "sure thing" impact player Green Bay already has in Aaron Rodgers.

 

After suffering from two concussions last year, the Packers need to make sure to protect Rodgers. They need to make sure Rodgers stays on the field for many more years and has the opportunity to repeat in becoming the Super Bowl MVP again.

 

The NFC North is tough. Since the Packers play their division rivals twice each season, they have Julius Peppers, Jared Allen, Ndamukong Suh, and now Nick Fairley all coming for Rodgers on every play. It's for that reason that I think Sherrod was the best pick the Packers made in the draft.

 

Don't forget to Back-the-Pack!

 

NFLRush Kid Reporter,

Johnny S