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Yes, I'm Ready for Some Football

It's officially game week, and it certainly feels like it.
After what seems like months of preseason banter and watching players who will be stars in the Canadian Football League, the NFL officially kicks off the 2013 season this Thursday.  The Ravens will visit the Broncos on Thursday night (sadly Endicott native Arthur Jones will miss the game because of an injury) and the games will roll on until next Monday's two games cap week one of play.

It always feels like football is the center of our sports year, as fans.  The count down to kick off has a greater impact than opening day of baseball, tip-off night for the NBA, or the night the puck drops on the NHL.  The season feels shorter, and each game has more importance since there's on 17 for each team.

At the beginning of the season, there's plenty of hope for each team, though you may not know it judging from their fan bases.  Looking at all three New York teams after the preseason, two are suffering from injuries, and then, well, then there's the Jets.

We'll get back to the green machine in a little.  First, one has to look at the MetLife Stadium team that has won a Super Bowl recently.  The Giants are one of the teams that will be talking the preseason being too long.  Injuries to their star wide out, Victor Cruz, and running back, Andre Brown may deplete their offense before they even take the field against Dallas this weekend.  Cruz returned to practice, but with a new backfield, Brown would have been a major asset to Eli.

Over in Buffalo, the Bills went from having two quarterbacks, to having none, then having three, and then back to one.  E.J. Manuel returned to practice, so there's still a slight chance that he'll be ready for Week 1.  Jeff Tuel went from being undrafted out of Washington State, to possibly being a starter this weekend.  There's still plenty of questions surrounding Kevin Kolb's return to the field.  All of the headlines surrounding the quarterback situation certainly took plenty of pressure of Mario Williams and his missed practice time.

It will be interesting to see what the Jets do this season.  They say that Geno Smith is not starting be default, but I don't think they've convinced the fans of that.  Mark Sanchez is a no go for Week 1 and hasn't earned the top spot, while the only individual who has looked stellar this preseason is Matt Sims, and you have to take it with a grain of salt as he mostly faced second and third stringers.  Then they played musical chairs between Graham Harrell and Brady Quinn, who have days to learn a playbook.  

But the best part about the NFL season, is that after a win in week one, fans forget about all of these things...until Week 2 kicks off. 
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