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Carrie Underwood Joins Sunday Night Football
In what has to be the best of both worlds for those of us who love the NFL and Carrie Underwood, the country diva will be replacing Faith Hill in performing Sunday Night Football's theme song on a weekly basis (via USA Today).
The beautiful blond isn't only an ex-girlfriend of Tony Romo; she has been a fixture around the football world since winning American Idol back in 2005. She sang the national anthem at two recent Super Bowls, and performed that song at both the MLB All-Star Game and the World Series. She's about as American as apple pie—just as sweet, too.
The New York Jets
The national media and most fans outside of New Jersey love to hate the New York Jets—it's easy to see why.
First of all, Rex Ryan's personality tends to throw some people off. Secondly, the decision to bring in Tim Tebow last season played more like a PR ploy than anything else. Finally, we already know that the media in general loves to build up success stories before tearing them down.
Remember, the Jets are just a few short years removed from an AFC Championship game appearance. They now possess what has to be considered one of the weakest rosters in the entire NFL. It will definitely be interesting and/or entertaining to see what becomes of the 2013 Jets. Will Mark Sanchez one-up his butt-fumble performance from last Thanksgiving? After all, comedy is part of the game.
Andy Reid Returns to Philadelphia
In what will be just his third regular season game as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid will travel back to Philadelphia to take on an Eagles team that he previously coached for 14 seasons.
Do you expect him to receive a warm welcome home from fans in The City of Brotherly Love?
No, I am not really banking on it either.
What happens if Reid and his new quarterback "pet" Alex Smith go into Philly and win? That would be a story in and of itself. Either way, we just can't wait to see what happens here.
Young Running Backs
While there was a lot made about rookie quarterbacks last season, another trio of first-year players dominated. Running backs Trent Richardson, Doug Martin and Alfred Morris combined for nearly 5,000 total yards and 37 scores (via ESPN).
Morris and Martin finished among the league leaders in rushing yards. We are not only expecting all three to duplicate their rookie campaigns, we are also looking for a progression from each one. That might mean one of them comes close to eclipsing 2,000 yards on the ground. We are surely entering exciting times for young running backs in the NFL.
Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist here at Bleacher Report. Vincent is the head sports editor over at eDraft, co-host of Draft Sports Radio, which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. ET, and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus.
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