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Yahoo Sports’ 32 reasons to give thanks in the NFL

Baltimore Ravens – They set the standard for defensive play in this era of football. However, as the Ray Lewis Era starts to come to a close, give thanks for the presence of wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a man who plays with an esprit de corps that should lead an offensive renaissance in Charm City.

Cincinnati Bengals
– Oh, what would we do without the Bungles and their rotating and entertaining collection of oddballs, from Chad Ochocinco to Terrell Owens to stubbornly conservative owner Mike Brown? If not for Cincy, how would we know that a team can go from being up 21 points in the second quarter to losing by 18 in the end?

Cleveland Browns – Fans have suffered mightily for all their glory in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. It’s as if this franchise owes interest on a heavy debt for having had either Otto Graham or Jim Brown for all but one year from 1946 to 1965. Now, however, give thanks for having some hope (and one of the greatest names ever for a quarterback) in Colt McCoy. Yeah, it’s early, but he looks like the real deal.

Pittsburgh Steelers – For those who enjoy history, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is a walking piece of it. Between playing and coaching, LeBeau has spent 52 years roaming the fields and sidelines of the NFL. He reinvented part of the game. Thankfully, he got into the Pro Football Hall of Fame before someone else had to speak on his behalf. Every football fan, not just Steelers supporters, should give thanks.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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