The 94th season of the National Football League, or the NFL 2013 Football Season, kicks off on the first week of September; September 5, 2013. Reigning champions of the Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens, are set to play during the kickoff game of the season. The kick off game is set to be played by the Ravens against the Denver Broncos, which will host the said match. The NFL 2013 championship game, Super Bowl XLVIII, will be on February 2, 2014, which will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In this season, a few rules have been changed, as approved during the NFL owners' meeting. The "tuck rule" has been scrapped out. When a quarterback drops the ball after a pump fake while bringing the ball back to his body will now be determined as a fumble. In addition, "Peel-back" blocks were permitted within the "tackle box" before. But now, it will result in 15-yard personal foul penalties anywhere on the field. Apart from these two, there are a few more changes in the ruling. These revisions were made to ensure that the games will be fair and square, but still as thrilling as it has always been.
This season will also be expecting a new set of coaches for a number of teams. Seven head coaches and five general managers were removed from their posts after the 2012 regular season concluded. A few of the teams who'll be under new coaches are the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Chicago Bears. Along with the changes in the rules and coaches, a few notable teams have also revealed their change in logos and uniforms. The Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and San Diego Chargers, along with two other teams, are expected to show off their teams' new logos and uniforms during the season.
The NFL 2013 Football Season may have had a lot of changes, however, these changes will never make us change the way we love football.
The National Football League has been around since 1920. It has gone though a few name changes (it began as the American Professional Football Conference) and merged with another league (the American Football League in 1970), but each major change has only made the league more dominant. Today, NFL tickets are arguably the most popular sports tickets in the country and national television networks truly appreciate a contract with the league, whether the station gets to show games played by the AFC or the NFC on Thursday, Sunday, or Monday, in the afternoon or in the evening.
That first season and the ones that followed were difficult. Football had yet to become extremely popular, and most of that fan devotion was attributed to the college game. This professional league sought to truly create a product worth watching and it succeeded.
The NFL steadily expanded its standings, though the only two remaining original franchises are the Decatur Staleys (the modern day Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (the modern day Arizona Cardinals).
Rivalries quickly took hold and the sport’s popularity boomed. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, and New York Giants dominated the pre-Super Bowl era. Eventually the AFL emerged and was the first professional football league to offer a challenge to the NFL. The two began pitting their champions against each other in 1967, three years before the league’s officially merged.
In the Super Bowl era, the National Football League has expanded to 32 teams, eight divisions, and two conferences. A few wild cards have been added and a couple of rounds have made the NFL playoffs even more interesting. Also, the game itself has morphed into something unrecognizable to the earlier versions of football.
Passing has not taken over, but it is on equal footing with running the football. Defenses have become increasingly complex, making each contest a venerable chess game with 11 players on each side for two coaches. Professional football is now America’s game and each Sunday during the fall and winter hundreds of thousands of fans show up at stadiums, bars, and friends places across the country to enjoy.