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NFL Preview Week: Shutdown Corner’s 2013 NFL predictions

Frank Schwab
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It begins Thursday night in Denver, and will end with game No. 267 in (hopefully not frigid) New Jersey at Super Bowl XLVIII.

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The regular season kicks off with the Super Bowl champion Ravens playing at the Broncos, a rematch of an all-time classic playoff game from last season.

We have no idea where the twists and turns of the NFL season will take us, but that won't stop us from trying to guess. Here are the Shutdown Corner predictions for the 2013 season:

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If you don't recognize some of the faces ... (all from left to right):

MVP: Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Rodgers, Drew Brees
Defensive player of the year: Luke Kuechly, Richard Sherman, Aldon Smith, J.J. Watt
Top rookie: E.J. Manuel, Tavon Austin, Eddie Lacy, Lacy
Coach of the year: Bill Belichick, Marc Trestman, Andy Reid, Sean Payton

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On the young quarterbacks question, from left to right: Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Luck, Colin Kaepernick

And now, the playoff predictions ...

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