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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • NFL thoughts

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  • Even though the NFL season is four months away, it seems everyone is talking about it lately.
     
    One of the main reasons the league has been getting so much attention lately is because of the upcoming draft. It’s a highly anticipated draft, being that there are a lot of great prospects this year, and a lot of teams that need better players. As we all know, the Vikings for instance, desperately need a reliable quarterback. I’ve heard mixed opinions on which quarterback prospect will be best, and the fun thing about the draft is you will never know until the pro season begins. The level of play from college football to professional football is pretty drastic, and a lot of times an all-star in college becomes merely mediocre in the NFL.
     
    Therefore, the Vikes have a tough decision. Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater all have high potential, but all of them can also be a hit or miss. It will be interesting to see who will become the new face of the Vikings organization.
     
    Another reason the NFL has been getting so much attention lately is the talk of a couple major rule changes. In the preseason this year, the NFL will experiment with a new format for the extra point kick. Kickers will attempt extra points at the 15 yard line, which makes it a 32-yard attempt each time. I’m definitely looking forward to this, and I hope they continue this practice for the regular season as it would make games more interesting.
     
    Most recently, the 2014 NFL schedule was released. The Vikings will have a tough start: Rams, Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Packers and Lions. The Vikes will also be playing their home games in the outdoor TCF Stadium, which might be hard for them to get used to. Meanwhile, the NFL opening game of the year will be Packers at Seahawks, which will be a tough one for the Pack, but I would love for them to get some revenge over the “Fail Mary” pass which ended the 2012 NFL referee lockout.
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