25 Reasons To Be Thankful That The NFL Season Is Almost Here

25 Reasons To Be Thankful That The NFL Season Is Almost Here

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Football fans across the globe are anxiously awaiting the NFL season to arrive. Here are 25 reasons why we should all be thankful that the NFL season is almost here!

25. Oakland Raiders Will Be Competitive Again

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25. Oakland Raiders Will Be Competitive Again

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The Oakland Raiders made some significant upgrades this past offseason to the point where they should be competitive again this season. It's always great when the Raiders are competitive because the Black Hole will become relevant again, and fans should be thankful since the Raiders have some of the best fans in the NFL.

24. Jadeveon Clowney's Impact on the NFL

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24. Jadeveon Clowney's Impact on the NFL

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Jadeveon Clowney is set to put his mark on the NFL and live up to the hype that comes with being the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. It'll be great to finally see what kind of dynamic duo he will form with J.J. Watt.

23. Will Tony Romo Shake Off Years of Frustration?

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23. Will Tony Romo Shake Off Years of Frustration?

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Tony Romo has shown signs of greatness, but these last few years have unfortunately proven that he's not clutch when it matters most. Can Romo ever shake off the criticism? We will all be tuned in to watch either his rise or downfall as he tries to bring the Dallas Cowboys back into the spotlight.

22. Will the Cleveland Browns Find Success?

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22. Will the Cleveland Browns Find Success?

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It's been quite some time since the Cleveland Browns have been in contention. After a notable offseason, it'll be great to see if the Browns can be the Cinderella team of 2014.

21. What Does Bill Belichick Have Up His Sleeve?

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21. What Does Bill Belichick Have Up His Sleeve?

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As long as head coach Bill Belichick is together with quarterback Tom Brady, they will continue to be the best duo in NFL history. Whether you love or hate the New England Patriots, be thankful now because their time together is running short.

20. Will Nick Foles Continue His Progression?

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20. Will Nick Foles Continue His Progression?

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Nick Foles literally came out of nowhere and took the Philadelphia Eagles on an incredible run last season. Fans everywhere should be thankful that the Eagles will still be a fast-paced offense thanks to head coach Chip Kelly.

19. Will the Kansas City Chiefs Remain Consistent?

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19. Will the Kansas City Chiefs Remain Consistent?

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Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs were the Cinderella team that took the NFL by storm. If the Chiefs can continue where they left off from last year, we will all be thankful to see just how much further they can go as a team.

18. Andrew Luck's Destiny

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18. Andrew Luck's Destiny

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Andrew Luck has been incredible with the Indianapolis Colts. Luck continues to improve steadily to the point where his team is just a few pieces away from bringing another Super Bowl trophy home.

17. Ryan Tannehill's Progression

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17. Ryan Tannehill's Progression

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Despite the controversy that hit the Miami Dolphins last season, quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to mold himself as the next franchise player for the organization. He's been studying under Hall-of-Fame legend Dan Marino, and is doing his best to bring some intensity back to the sunshine capital of the U.S. We should be grateful to see such a great young athlete do his best to bring home a championship that his mentor couldn't.

16. Will Eli Manning And His Team Bounce Back?

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16. Will Eli Manning And His Team Bounce Back?

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Most fans of the New York Giants want to completely forget all of last season. There is new hope now for the Big Blue as they try to right the ship. Who could forget that magical year they beat the Patriots and ended their undefeated season at the Super Bowl? We should be thankful since it's always great when a team from the Big Apple is in contention again.

15. Will Rex Ryan Back Up His Words?

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15. Will Rex Ryan Back Up His Words?

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Head coach Rex Ryan has already been saying how people should worry more about his New York Jets than the New England Patriots. Perhaps he's getting his team excited and talking way too soon this year. Regardless, we should all be thankful since if there's one thing we all know, the Jets always provide either great drama-filled entertainment or solid defensive-oriented football.

14. DeSean Jackson's Impact in 2014

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14. DeSean Jackson's Impact in 2014

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DeSean Jackson was shipped out of Philadelphia due to his off-field issues. He's now a big part of the Washington Redskins and will want to prove his naysayers wrong. We should be thankful to see if the Redskins can make him elite and, more importantly, respected.

13. Cheerleaders

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13. Cheerleaders

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One huge reason we should all be thankful for the arrival of the NFL season is all of the beautiful cheerleaders who root for their respective teams.

12. Stadium Food

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12. Stadium Food

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Who doesn't enjoy a nice hot dog at a professional football game? We should all be thankful for the incredible and exclusive food you can find across the various stadiums in the NFL.

11. NFL Playoffs

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11. NFL Playoffs

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The NFL has a simple philosophy to its playoff system: Any team can win on any given Sunday. We should be thankful at the pure excitement that comes with the NFL Playoffs, since you just can't predict what will happen.

10. Will Richard Sherman Wreak More Havoc?

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10. Will Richard Sherman Wreak More Havoc?

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Cornerback Richard Sherman has been quite popular ever since his rant against Michael Crabtree. He's now considered to be the best cornerback in the NFL and has become one of the leaders of the Seattle Seahawks. We can thank him for gracing the cover of the Madden NFL 2015 cover and helping steer the famous video game franchise to have more defensive packages!

9. The Impact of Mother Nature

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9. The Impact of Mother Nature

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Who doesn't love football in the rain or snow? Come later this year, most NFL teams have to play in the bitter cold, and that is the true definition of what it takes to be successful on the gridiron. You should be grateful if you get to experience it in person, especially in the Frozen Tundra.

8. Beer

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8. Beer

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Every football fan shares the same universal beverage: beer! Whether at the stadium, at a friends house, or having a get-together in your home, beer is something everyone should be grateful for, especially if your team is down by 40-plus points entering the second half.

7. LeSean McCoy's Statement of Being No.1

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7. LeSean McCoy's Statement of Being No.1

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LeSean McCoy made some interesting comments this past offseason about considering himself to be the best running back playing football today. While he's definitely a great athlete, most took his statement the wrong way considering other players at his position. Regardless, we should be thankful for the opportunity to see if he can live up to his statement.

6. Tailgating

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6. Tailgating

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Tailgating is one of the best traditions in the world of sports. You will meet complete strangers at first that will eventually turn into your best friends because you share the common bond of rooting for the same team. Not to mention, you'll enjoy all the delicious grilled food and treats that come with tailgating at NFL stadiums across the country.

5. Manning vs. Brady

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5. Manning vs. Brady

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Is there any rivalry bigger in the NFL than the quarterback battle between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady? Be thankful that we will hopefully get more of it this season as both athletes are near the end of their incredible careers. Enjoy it now while it lasts.

4. Playing Football With Your Friends

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4. Playing Football With Your Friends

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Whether it's in your backyard, at a parking lot or outside at a beautiful park, the NFL sparks everyone in the world to want to pass the football around. It inspires the inner quarterback in us, so be thankful for this because it's one of the few reasons why you're able to leave after Thanksgiving dinner ... instead of sitting next to your in-laws talking about work.

3. Johnny Football

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3. Johnny Football

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel has yet to take a snap in an NFL game, and is already making a huge impact. He might be the next big polarizing figure in the NFL, and whether you love him or hate him, be thankful he's in a franchise that needed a huge jolt to move things in the right direction.

2. Peyton Manning

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2. Peyton Manning

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There is no questioning the fact that quarterback Peyton Manning is a Hall-of-Fame athlete who has revolutionized the game of professional football for generations to come. We should all be thankful that, in a way, he is playing this season with a chip on his shoulder due to the shocking loss the Denver Broncos endured at this past Super Bowl. Just Imagine the numbers he'll put up this time around.

1. The Super Bowl

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1. The Super Bowl

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There is no sporting event in North America that is bigger than the Super Bowl. From the television commercials to the halftime show, this is the biggest reason why we should be thankful that the NFL season is almost here.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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