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Your 2014 NFL predictions?
The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!
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Jared Allen signs with Bears
Jared Allen is staying in the NFC North. Allen, who made a name for himself with six exceptional years with the Minnesota Vikings, has signed a four-year contract with the rival Bears. Seeing Allen (who is 12th on the career sack list with 128.5) in a Bears uniform instead of Viking purple will probably be jarring for Vikings fans, but is he still a good enough defensive end to make a difference in the competitive NFC North?
Vikings to go with Mike Zimmer
And then there was one head-coaching vacancy -- the Cleveland Browns' -- with the Minnesota Vikings reportedly hiring Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to replace Leslie Frazier. Zimmer helped the Bengals give up the third-fewest yards in 2013, and will be expected to turn around a defense that allowed the second-most yards and finished last in scoring defense. Can the Vikings (5-10-1 last season) turn things around with their new guy?