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NFL is back; will Seattle repeat?

The Seattle Seahawks started this season the way they ended the last one: with an emphatic -- albeit not quite as dramatic -- win over a talented team with a star quarterback. Instead of embarrassing the Denver Broncos like in the Super Bowl, this time Seattle beat the Green Bay Packers 36-16 in the NFL's first game of 2014. Is this a sign that the Seahawks are in for a repeat?

How will the Seahawks be as a team in 2014?

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    30%
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    53%
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    17%

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  • Did you watch Thursday night's opening NFL game between the Packers and Seahawks?

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      49%
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      34%
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      17%

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  • Will the Seahawks repeat as Super Bowl champions?

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      43%
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      57%

    Discuss (Total votes: 64,349)

  • If the Seahawks don't win the Super Bowl, which team will?

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      33%
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      31%

    Discuss (Total votes: 70,319)

  • How worried should Packers fans be about the team's 36-16 loss at the Seahawks on Thursday night?

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      21%
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      60%
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      19%

    Discuss (Total votes: 29,380)

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Your 2014 NFL predictions?

The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!

More: Predict: Over/unders | Your Power Rankings? | Rank: #NFLRank top 20

  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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      10%

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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      68%
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      16%
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      11%
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      5%

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  • Which team will win the NFC South?

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      74%
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      15%
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      8%
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      3%

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  • Which team will win the NFC West?

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      74%
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      20%
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      4%
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      2%

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  • Which team will win the AFC East?

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      88%
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      6%
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      4%
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      2%

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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      20%
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      56%
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      19%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,981)

  • Which team will win the AFC South?

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      85%
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      9%
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      3%
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      3%

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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      86%
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      6%
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      6%
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      2%

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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's best record (assuming there are no ties)?

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      36%
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      14%
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      9%
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      25%
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      16%

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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's worst record (assuming there are no ties)?

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      17%
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      29%
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      32%
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      8%
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      14%

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  • How confident are you feeling about your favorite NFL team heading into the 2014 season?

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      41%
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      41%
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      18%

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  • Who will win NFL MVP?

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      9%
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      12%
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      25%
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      15%
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      39%

    Discuss (Total votes: 47,552)

  • Which rookie will have the biggest impact in 2014?

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      17%
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      41%
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      7%
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      13%
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      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 46,508)

  • Which team will win the NFC?

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      14%
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      17%
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      14%
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      41%
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      14%

    Discuss (Total votes: 38,001)

  • Which team will win the AFC?

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      50%
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      11%
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      24%
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      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 37,231)

  • Which team will win the Super Bowl?

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      18%
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      6%
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      10%
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      25%
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      41%

    Discuss (Total votes: 203,542)

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The #NFLRank Top 10s are here, with Calvin Johnson leading the way on offense and J.J. Watt on defense. How do these players stack up overall? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

NFLRank Top Players

Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

NFLRank -- Offense: 7

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

NFLRank -- Offense: 5

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson

NFLRank -- Defense: 8

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

NFLRank -- Offense: 1

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

NFLRank -- Defense: 5

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

NFLRank -- Defense: 2

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

NFLRank -- Offense: 3

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

NFLRank -- Defense: 3

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

NFLRank -- Defense: 1

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

NFLRank -- Offense: 4

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NFL upholds Josh Gordon's suspension

Josh Gordon's appeal of his one-year suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy has been denied, meaning the Cleveland Browns will be without the Pro Bowl wide receiver for all of 2014. The decision comes at a time when the NFL's disciplinary philosophy is under scrutiny, especially in light of Ray Rice's two-game suspension after an offseason arrest for domestic violence. The move also comes on the same day an NFL Nation survey showed players agree with Barack Obama's stance on marijuana.

  • Do you agree with the NFL's decision to uphold Josh Gordon's one-year suspension for a positive drug test?

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      53%
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      47%

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  • How many games will the Browns win this season (4-12 in 2013)?

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      31%
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      35%
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      24%
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      7%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,389)

  • Should the NFL allow its players to use medicinal marijuana?

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      64%
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      36%

    Discuss (Total votes: 53,664)

  • What grade would you give the NFL for the way it disciplines its players?

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      5%
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      21%
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      34%
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      22%
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      18%

    Discuss (Total votes: 63,848)

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Before Saturday's St. Louis Rams-Cleveland Browns game, Twitter user @SquareKnight made the type of playful, hyperbolic statement that Twitter lives and breathes on:


You know what happened: In the fourth quarter of the Rams' 33-14 win, Sam followed @SquareKnight's tweet to a T.


But then there was that thing about the promise of drinks ...



Internet trolls, as they do, also had their say, prompting a clarification:


Still, despite negativity from frustrated fellow Twitter users who wanted a free beer, this story has a pretty happy ending:




The man, who did not want to be named, said he is donating $500.

Information from Darren Rovell was used in this report.

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