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Thoughts on NFL's opening week?

The NFL is back! On the first Sunday, some teams (San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos) won as expected, others (New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots) suffered surprising defeats, and a few more (Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs) were downright demoralized. On Monday, the Detroit Lions grabbed the headlines by routing the New York Giants. What's your take on some of the major questions from Week 1 action?

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  • Which team was most impressive in Week 1?

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      22%
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      15%
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      40%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 67,599)

  • Which team's fans should be most worried after Week 1?

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      14%
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      46%
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      31%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 181,852)

  • How will the Lions fare this season if Calvin Johnson stays healthy?

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      35%
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      54%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 76,323)

  • Is Calvin Johnson the best player in the NFL?

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      50%
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      50%

    Discuss (Total votes: 439,949)

  • Should Antonio Brown be further punished for his kick of Browns punter Spencer Lanning on Sunday (he was penalized 15 yards)?

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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 103,334)

  • Is Tony Romo done as a quality starter in the NFL?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 94,223)

  • Will injuries hamper Jadeveon Clowney throughout his career?

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      64%
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      36%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,803)

  • What do you make of the Colts' coming back from 24-0 down to lose 31-24 (with a possession to tie the game late in the fourth)?

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      45%

    Discuss (Total votes: 60,968)

  • What do you make of the Titans' 26-10 win at the Chiefs on Sunday?

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      25%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,321)

  • What do you make of the Bills' 23-20 win at the Bears on Sunday?

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  • What do you make of the Dolphins' 33-20 win over the Patriots on Sunday?

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      46%
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      31%

    Discuss (Total votes: 42,236)

  • What do you make of the Falcons' 37-34 overtime win over the Saints on Sunday?

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      8%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,381)

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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!

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  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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      72%
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      9%
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      9%
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      10%

    Discuss (Total votes: 44,162)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 44,040)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 42,837)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 43,068)

  • 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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    Discuss (Total votes: 41,981)

  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,111)

  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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      86%
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      6%
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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's best record (assuming there are no ties)?

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      9%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 40,206)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 39,799)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 74,222)

  • 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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Roddy White pay Twitter bet?

Perhaps it was in jest, perhaps it wasn't, but Roddy White's Twitter bet shows that the NFL makes headlines no matter the type of story. White, an ever-confident Duke fan, responded to one of his followers saying he would give the fan season tickets to the Falcons if Mercer, a 14 seed, beat Duke, a 3 seed, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. As we now know, the Bears upset the Blue Devils and the Twitter-verse demanded White pay up, and his response was to give up tickets to this year's Chicago-Atlanta game. Did White make good on his bet? Was this even a real bet?

Do you think Roddy White owes this fan season tickets?

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    82%
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    18%

Discuss (Total votes: 8,110)

  • What do you think of Roddy White's resolution to his Twitter bet?

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      44%
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      56%

    Discuss (Total votes: 20,068)

  • Do you bet on sports?

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      45%

    Discuss (Total votes: 7,429)

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Will Hester excel with Falcons?

Devin Hester's supremely dangerous days as a return man might be over, but the former Chicago Bear isn't done. The Atlanta Falcons made sure of that Thursday, signing the 31-year-old to a three-year deal as they attempt to bounce back from a dismal 2013 campaign. Is Hester still elite? Where should he play for the Falcons? Cast your votes below!

  • Is Devin Hester still an elite return man?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 76,007)

  • What position(s) should Devin Hester play for the Falcons 2014?

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      38%
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      45%
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      8%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 17,395)

  • What effect has moving kickoffs to the 35-yard line had on the NFL?

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      45%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,852)

  • How many games will the Falcons (4-12 in 2013) win in 2014?

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      8%
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      17%
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      29%
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      27%
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      19%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,087)

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In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks' thunderous win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, many are asking: Just how good was the Legion of Boom & Co., compared to history's best defenses? Answer yourself by clicking on the images below!

Best NFL Defenses Ever

1962 Packers

1962 Packers

230.0 YPG, 10.6 PPG, 3.57 TO/gm, won NFL title.

1969 Chiefs

1969 Chiefs

225.9 YPG, 12.6 PPG, 3.36 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1971 Vikings

1971 Vikings

243.3 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.21 TO/gm, won NFC Central.

1972 Dolphins

1972 Dolphins

235.5 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, 14-0 regular season, won Super Bowl.

1975 Rams

1975 Rams

237.3 YPG, 9.6 PPG, 2.86 TO/gm, won NFC West.

1976 Steelers

1976 Steelers

237.6 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, won AFC Central.

1977 Falcons

1977 Falcons

231.6 YPG, 9.2 PPG, 3.43 TO/gm, 2nd in NFC West.

1985 Bears

1985 Bears

258.4 YPG, 12.4 PPG, 3.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1990 Giants

1990 Giants

262.9 YPG, 13.2 PPG, 2.13 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2000 Ravens

2000 Ravens

246.7 YPG, 10.3 PPG, 3.06 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2002 Buccaneers

2002 Buccaneers

252.8 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 2.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2013 Seahawks

2013 Seahawks

273.6 YPG, 14.4 PPG, 2.44 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

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