Craig: Football is back, and there are plenty of stories to follow

  • by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 5, 2013 - 4:18 PM

Sean Payton is back in the Big Easy. Andy Reid and Alex Smith are in Kansas City, having traded pink slips for sudden red-hot optimism on last year’s league laughingstock. And Chip Kelly is bouncing around Philadelphia like Tigger on double espresso, eagerly anticipating Monday night’s nationally televised unveiling of an even more hyperactive version of the other zone-read option offenses that were the talk of the 2012 NFL season. ¶ Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be there in Washington, greeting Kelly’s Eagles and trying to prove that his right knee is as freakishly resilient as Adrian Peterson’s left knee was the year before. But first, in a rematch of last year’s double-overtime AFC divisional-round playoff game, Peyton Manning and the Broncos play host to the now-handsomely-paid and newly crowned Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and what’s left of the reigning champion Ravens in Thursday night’s 2013 NFL season opener. (Watch out for them Hail Marys, Denver. They can change the course of history.) ¶ Without further delay, here are our nine story lines to follow and one man’s attempt to predict the unpredictable:

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Atlanta - A. Wood 7/27/15 6:05 PM
Baltimore - K. Gausman
Chicago WSox - J. Danks 7/27/15 6:10 PM
Boston - J. Kelly
Detroit - A. Sanchez 7/27/15 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - N. Karns
Kansas City - E. Volquez 7/27/15 6:10 PM
Cleveland - C. Anderson
Colorado - J. De La Rosa 7/27/15 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks
NY Yankees - I. Nova 7/27/15 7:05 PM
Texas - M. Harrison
Cincinnati - R. Iglesias 7/27/15 7:15 PM
St. Louis - L. Lynn
Arizona - R. Ray 7/27/15 9:10 PM
Seattle - M. Montgomery
Milwaukee - K. Lohse 7/27/15 9:15 PM
San Francisco - C. Heston
Calgary 26 FINAL
Ottawa 29
Toronto 30 FINAL
Brt Columbia 27
Winnipeg 3 FINAL
Edmonton 32
Hamilton 31 FINAL
Saskatchewan 21
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