What All 32 NFL Teams Want for Christmas
A Look at Every NFL Team's Christmas Wish List
The Holiday season is upon us, which also means that the NFL season is winding down. We've officially hit the stretch run of 2013 and all the pretenders and contenders firmly established. With the season quickly coming to a close, each team has a few things it wants for either the remainder of the year or for 2014. Obviously, the wishes vary depending on the team's place in the standings.
As of week 14 there are several teams still in the running for the top spot in next May's NFL draft. No one team has gained firm control of the worst/best slot for 2014 and it's possible that it could go down to the final week until we have an official worst team of 2013.
For those teams looking to score a franchise QB in the draft, those hopes have been dashed as of late by injuries and player decisions. Marcus Mariota has decided to return to school for another season, while both Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger have suffered torn ACLs which will cause them to plummet next May. Now, NFL teams are left with Teddy Bridgewater sitting atop the draft board as the top QB prospect. But of course, we all know that Johnny Manziel will start to make his way up boards across the country as well, barring a horrible performance at the combine next spring.
For those teams still in the hunt this year, their wishes will vary depending injuries and other player and team concerns. So with all of that in mind, here's what every NFL team wants for Christmas:
New England Patriots - To Finally Win Another Super Bowl
The Patriots have been to five Super Bowls since 2001, but have also lost in their last two appearances. Will this be the year Tom Brady gets that elusive fourth ring?
Denver Broncos - Unseasonably Warm Weather This January and February
Manning says he's the same QB in cold weather. However, I think most of us can agree he's not.
Baltimore Ravens - Ray Rice To Play Like His Old Self
If the Ravens are going to make the playoffs to defend their crown, they need Rice to get it together.
Miami Dolphins - A 'Safer' Locker Room Environment
You have to be careful these days. You don't want anybody's feelings getting hurt in the locker room.
New York Jets - Some Decent Wide Receivers
The Jets are obviously a year or two away from being legitimate contenders in the AFC. A big reason why? Their receivers aren't great.
Detroit Lions - A Clone of Megatron
Where would the Lions be without Calvin Johnson?
Buffalo Bills - Another Solid Draft Class
The Bills seem to be slowly turning the corner as a franchise. Another solid draft class in 2014 would be just what the doctor ordered for the future.
Cincinnati Bengals - To Finally Make the Conference Finals
We've been waiting on the Bengals to take the next step for years. Will they do it this January in the playoffs?
St. Louis Rams - Transfer to Another Division
The Rams would still be in the playoff hunt in other divisions, but playing in the NFC West is really making things hard on Jeff Fisher's team. That, and the fact that their franchise QB is out for the year with a torn ACL.
San Francisco 49ers - Some Downers for Jim Harbaugh
Seriously, Harbaugh needs to relax a little bit on the sidelines.
Cleveland Browns - Brian Hoyer to Re-emerge
It looked like the Browns finally found their QB with Hoyer in 2013, but a torn ACL took him out for the year. Will he return to form or get better in 2014?
Houston Texans - A New Head Coach
Kubiak is done in Houston. Simple as that.
Indianapolis Colts - Trent Richardson To Get His Head Out of His Rear
The Colts spent a first round draft pick on Richardson. At this point in the season, he doesn't look like he's worth a fourth-rounder.
Tennessee Titans - Some Stability and Consistency
For a lot of reasons, the Titans have been unable to take the next step as a team. Is the head coach the problem?
Jacksonville Jaguars - A New Quarterback
Gus Bradley has the Jacksonville defense headed in the right direction, but the franchise will remain in the cellar without a franchise quarterback.
Kansas City Chiefs - An Offensive Explosion
The Chiefs' defense carried the team to 9-0, now it's time for the offense to do its part the rest of the way in 2013.
San Diego Chargers - A Better Defense
Philip Rivers and the San Diego offense can put up points with the best of em'. The Chargers' defense, however, is nothing to write home about.
Oakland Raiders - A Strong 2014 Draft Class
The Raiders are slowly starting to look like a respectable NFL team again, but they won't go anywhere unless they hit a few drafts out of the park.
Pittsburgh Steelers - Some Fresh Faces on Both Sides of the Ball
The Steelers are in need of some more reloading on both sides of the football.
Dallas Cowboys - A Better Defense
Clearly, Rob Ryan wasn't the problem in Dallas. Now, the Cowboys are statistically the worst defense in the NFL. Come playoff time (if they can make it), they need more from Monte Kiffin's guys.
Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton's Ego to Stay in Check
You have to give Newton credit, he's matured as an NFL QB in 2013. But will the success he's had lead him back to some old bad habits?
Philadelphia Eagles - Chip Kelly's System to Continue to Work
The Eagles have finally found their QB, but will Kelly's offensive scheme continue to work as teams get better prepared to face it?
New York Giants - Consistency
You never know what Giants team is going to show up week to week. A little consistency wouldn't be a bad thing for Tom Coughlin's bunch.
Washington Redskins - A Head Coach and QB Who Can Get Along
Anyone else tired of this crap in DC? Message to Shanahan and RG3 - Grow Up.
Chicago Bears - Their Defense From Five Years Ago
The Bears are still fighting to make the playoffs this season, but they have no chance if their defense continues to play like crap.
Green Bay Packers - A Spare Collarbone for Aaron Rodgers
Boy, did the Packers absolutely collapse without Rodgers. If it wasn't already clear, the QB means more to the Packers than almost any other player to their given team.
Minnesota Vikings - A Franchise QB
Christian Ponder is not the answer for the Vikings. It's now back to the QB drawing board in Minnesota.
New Orleans Saints - Homefield Advantage in the NFC Playoffs
They'll need some help, but if the Saints get can homefield advantage, they'll be in business.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - A New Head Coach
Who cares if the Bucs have rallied to win three games? Schiano has got to go.
Atlanta Falcons - Healthy Receivers and a New Tony Gonzalez
It just wasn't meant to be in Atlanta this year. You have to feel bad for Gonzalez, who will likely now retire without a ring.
Seattle Seahawks - Percy Harvin at 100 Percent
Harvin has suffered a setback after his return from hip surgery. However, if he can make it back to 100 percent by playoff time, the Seahawks will be in business.
Arizona Cardinals - Fewer Incerceptions From Carson Palmer
The Cardinals are still alive for the playoffs this year and that's mainly because Palmer has cleaned things up in the interception department. That trend obviously needs to continue as Arizona heads down the stretch.