Not sure which NFL team to cheer for? Here’s a case for all 32 of ’em


Arizona Cardinals Given their proximity to Las Vegas, the Cards will be easy to follow with the majority of their games televised locally.

Atlanta Falcons Starting center Joe Hawley is the most prominent former UNLV Rebel in the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens Any team that derives its name from an Edgar Allan Poe poem is worthy of casual fandom (and the Ravens’ dark defensive style could be interpreted as Poe-ish).

Buffalo Bills Everyone can empathize with a long-suffering group, and the Bills have gone a league-high 14 years since their last playoff appearance.

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera made so many gutsy play calls that he gained the nickname “Riverboat Ron.”

Kansas City Chiefs' Jamal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs' Jamal Charles

Chicago Bears In a league that sometimes feels set in its ways, the Bears think outside of the box. One example: the hiring of Canadian Football League coach Marc Trestman to take over last year.

Cincinnati Bengals Who hasn’t grown tired of quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals losing in the first round of the playoffs for three straight years?

Cleveland Browns The Johnny Manziel circus will be all-encompassing, and Las Vegas High product Billy Winn, a starting defensive end, will be part of the sideshow.

Dallas Cowboys Running back DeMarco Murray was a three-time all-conference player at Bishop Gorman from 2003-2005.

Denver Broncos They set records for both touchdowns (76) and points in a season (606) last year. Don’t blink.

Houston Texans' J.J. Watt

Houston Texans' J.J. Watt

Detroit Lions Not only is Detroit the lone team ever to go 0-16, it’s also one of four franchises to never reach the Super Bowl. The torture must end eventually.

Green Bay Packers A sold-out crowd showed up at Lambeau Field for the Packers’ last home game in January—despite a wind chill below -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Houston Texans Defensive ends J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney will gobble up opposing quarterbacks all season long.

Indianapolis Colts Superstar quarterback Andrew Luck rocks a hipster beard, a cavernous voice and an elevated IQ. What’s not to like?

Jacksonville Jaguars Might as well root for the team with the best chance to be located within a couple hundred miles of Las Vegas soon. The LA Jaguars isn’t a far-fetched proposition.

St. Louis Rams' James Laurinaitis

St. Louis Rams' James Laurinaitis

Kansas City Chiefs If you won a fantasy football league last year, chances are it was because of Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Miami Dolphins Like watching QBs get pummeled? Miami’s Ryan Tannehill has been sacked a cringe-inducing 95 times over the last two seasons. Ouch.

Minnesota Vikings You can monitor the team’s future 24/7, through an all-day, all-night webcam documenting construction on a stadium set to open in 2016.

New England Patriots Tom Brady has boyish good looks, a supermodel wife and millions of dollars, yet he’s desperate for a fourth Super Bowl ring before he retires.

New Orleans Saints The Saints will win their second Super Bowl in five years come February. You heard it here first.

New York Giants Eli Manning might not be as talented as Peyton, but at family get-togethers he can still flash two Super Bowl rings to big brother’s one.

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman

New York Jets Five of the Jets’ eight wins last year came by a touchdown or less.

Philadelphia Eagles The Eagles employ one of the quickest paces in NFL history, leaving a trip to the pantry out of the question when they’re on offense.

Oakland Raiders Las Vegas is a town of underdogs. With the toughest projected schedule in the league, the Raiders are very rarely going to be favorites.

Pittsburgh Steelers The constant clashing between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley creates a soap opera on the sidelines as entertaining as the action the field.

St. Louis Rams Linebacker James Laurinaitis has a championship pedigree. His father, Joe, was known as The Animal in famous WWE tag team The Road Warriors.

San Diego Chargers Before too long, quarterback Philip Rivers could fill out his own youth football team at home. Rivers’ wife gave birth to the couple’s seventh child in the middle of last season. Big families know who to cheer for.

A puzzlement: How does RGIII feel about his team's controversial name? So far, he hasn't said.

A puzzlement: How does RGIII feel about his team's controversial name? So far, he hasn't said.

San Francisco 49ers They’ve suffered close losses coming down to the final play in either the Super Bowl or NFC Championship Game every year since 2011.

Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest stadium, measured at 137.6 decibels last year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Bucs updated their logo this offseason—the trademark pewter-and-black skull and crossbones now look a little meaner.

Tennessee Titans In college at Alabama, offensive lineman Chance Warmack attempted an eating challenge that included a 2.5-pound burger, fries, onion rings and a fried pickle in 12 minutes. He finished two servings.

Washington Redskins The wait list for Redskins’ season tickets is rumored to contain more than 200,000 names, the most in the NFL.

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