2013 NFL Schedule Released

The NFL released the 2013 regular season schedule Thursday evening at 8 p.m. (EST)

The Broncos will host the Super Bowl Champion Ravens to kick the season off Thursday September 5th on NBC.

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While the season is nearly 5 months away it provides a preview of the forthcoming season.  Prognosticators can begin the pre-draft/pre-camp project records.

See the full schedule on NFL.com

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Thank You Brian Dawkins

In the second round of the 1996 draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Brian Dawkins, a safety from Clemson.  He quickly found his way into the starting lineup as a rookie and never looked back upon his great career.

With the start of the Andy Reid regime in 1999, Jim Johnson was hired as the teams defensive coordinator.  No one in the city knew much about Johnson, but that year he helped Dawkins evolve into a Pro Bowl player. The team wasn’t very good at 5-11, but improvements were noticeable.  In 2000, Dawkins and his defense finished 4th in points allowed and 1oth in yards.  The Eagles made the playoffs and won their first playoff game since 1996. In what seemed a yearly occurrence, the season ended in a disappointing loss, losing to the Giants 20-10.

Dawkins made the Pro Bowl for the second time in 2001. His bone-jarring hits quickly made him  a fan favorite along with his leadership abilities.  The defense finished 2nd in points allowed and the team went to their first of many NFC Championship games.  Aeneas Williams had other ideas  for the Eagles as his interception ended the Eagles’ season one game short of their goal.  Weapon X, Dawkins’ alter ego, made his second straight Pro Bowl in 2002.  In a game vs. the Houston Texans that year,  he became the first player in NFL history to  have  a sack, forced fumble, interception and touchdown reception in a game. After a first round bye, Brian laid what many say is his greatest hit.  With Mike Vick running towards the end zone,  Dawkins flew out of nowhere and laid out Vick with a shoulder.  The play was called back because of a penalty, but Vick had to come out for a play. The Falcons drive would eventually end with a missed field goal and the Eagles went on to win 20-6.  No reason to discuss what happened against the Bucs the following week.

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Allen New Raiders Coach

Dennis Allen is the new Oakland Raiders head coach. Allen had most recently been the Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator. He also coached for Texas A&M, Tulsa, Falcons and Saints as a Secondary Coach, Defensive Assistant and Assistant Defensive Line Coach.

Allen was a Defensive Line and Secondary Coach in New Orleans.

He coached the Broncos defense this year.

Broncos AFC West Champions

The Denver Broncos are your 2011 AFC West Champions. Denver clinched the division after the Oakland Raiders lost to the San Diego Chargers 38-26. They are 8-8 and will host the Pittsburgh Steelers next weekend in the Divisional round.

Although a unconvential quarterback, Tim Tebow threw for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 644 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Von Miller is the front-runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year, he had 64 tackles and 11.5 sacks.

Patriots AFC East Champions

The New England Patriots are your 2011 AFC East Champions. New England is 11-3 and will host the Miami Dolphins next week. They clinched a division title with a 41-23 win over the Denver Broncos.

Tom Brady has thrown for 4,593 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Pats this year.

Rob Gronkowski has 1,141 yards and an absurd 15 touchdowns and has become one of Brady's favorite targets.

Kyle Arrington has been a bright spot on a bad Patriots defense with 77 tackles and 7 interceptions.