Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are in cruise control and are looking towards the playoff halfway through the NFL season. Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, on the other hand, play the string and look towards 2019. How has the first half gone for your team? NFL Nation breaks it down:
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Chiefs’ only loss was on the way to the twice-defending AFC champion patriots through a break-in field goal. Otherwise, the leaders in their seven victories have had 1
9, 21, 28, 7, 23, 35 and 16 points, but their inability to always quit effectively forced them to sweat at the end of some of these games. Learn more.
Ramsna is one of three one-loss teams in NFL. Jared Goff has risen in quarterback rankings and Todd Gurley is in the process of repeating as NFL’s offensive players of the year. Read more.
Is there a more conflicting law in NFL? New Orleans has won seven straight games in different ways. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas have been two of NFL’s best gamers, and the offensive is among the best of the game.
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Quarterback Cam Newton is easily adjusted to the new coordinator Norv Turner’s offensive and had the best first eight games in his career with 15 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. The defense begins to play at the top 10 level, perhaps the top five. Read more.
Looking back in the first half of the NFL season, looking forward to the playoffs for some teams and offsason for others.
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Chicago’s crimes have revived under coach Matt Nagy. The acquisition of all-world pass-rusher Khalil Mack from Raiders before week 1 by Bears General Manager Ryan Pace has also helped. Bears just packed up his funniest first half of the season since Lovie Smith’s last year 2012. Read more.
The Bengals record is certainly better at this time than the last two seasons has been and the crime has made a significant improvement from 2017. But the defense has given at least 480 meters in each of the last three games. That’s a big problem. Read more.
Houston digged into a hole with a 0-3 start which quickly went to the last spot in AFC South. But thanks to improved crime and a much easier schedule, the Texans have gone from worst to first. Read more.
Chargers have won five shots. Creating explosive games on offensive and figuring out how to create pressure without the best pass-rusher, Joey Bosa, has been the key to their success during this stretch. Read more.
This season has stalled on Steelers identity, blending amazing moments with curious deviations. A four-winning winning stretch drew concern after a 1-2-1 start. The offensive line was huge in October, which helped James Conner after three straight 100-yards rushing games while Ben Roethlisberger took a bag. Read more.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been quick to point out that statistics, no matter how good they look at paper, do not tell the whole story. Minnesota ranked top 10 in both total break and defense in the first half, but experienced up and down the road. Read more.
After a 1-2 start, the patriots have won six in a row and are well placed to make their annual fee on what they hope will be a deep jump in January. It was almost like watching two different teams between the first three games and the last six. Read more.
The Seahawks have been another team since their 0-2 start and won four of the last six with one of the two losses during the stretch that came with two points to the unanswered frames. They have done it by playing Pete Carroll football – run the ball, take care of it and take it away on the defense. Read more.
In all fairness, Falcon’s first half can be regarded as “incomplete” based on how damages put them back. Six entrees were placed on injured reserves, including Pro Bowler’s Devonta Freeman, Keanu Neal and Deion Jones. Read more.
It’s about finishing the third straight year. Just like 2016 and 2017, the Ravens started strong this season, just to disappoint to mediocrity at the midseason. Baltimore has failed to make the after-season because of his inability to win critical games at the end of the season.
Andrew Luck silenced any doubt about his surgically repaired right shoulder when attempting 121 pass in a four day thrill over weeks 3 and 4. Frank Reich has made most people forget about Josh’s debacle McDaniel’s coaching situation with an aggressive style. Read more.
It started well, with a 3-0 record behind a ball defense and an effective Ryan Tannehill. A blowout loss in New England, followed by a collapse in Cincinnati, took the wind out of the sail, and then Tannehill was injured. Read more.
In 2017, like ice skating, the first half of this season was more like trudging through clay. The crime, which welcomed back quarterback Carson Wentz from offseason knee surgery in week 3, has exceeded 24 points once after making it a league-high 12 times last season on the way to the Super Bowl title. Read more.
Although he suffered nerve damage in his throwing hand, quarterback Marcus Mariota showed glimpses of how well he could play in Coordinator Matt LaFleur’s crime. Lose Tight Delanie Walker was a big blow to the passing game, but the Titans are still in conflict thanks to the defense. Read more.
Redskins counted out with strong defense, running games and fewer sales, you can control games and win. They have a top 10 rusher in Adrian Peterson and a top five defense, but a rash of injuries, especially on the offensive, threatens their other half.
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Cowboys ended 8-8 in Jason Garretts first three seasons from 2011 to 2013 and look like they’re heading back that way again. That is, unless Amari Cooper can have an immediate impact. Read more.
Bronco’s decision under the free agency has not been eliminated, including the biggest addition: quarterback Case Keenum. He has not come close to playing as he did to lead the vikings to the NFC title in 2017. Read more.
Detroit recovered from seasonal opening blow loss to jets to beat patriots and packers. A running game led by Kerryon Johnson has been a surprise. Detroit Defense has fought and the special team has been worse than expected. Overall, things are a bit worse than expected. Read more.
Aaron Rodgers pushed his knee and expressed his accident with the crime, while the defense took longer than expected to adapt to the new coordinator Mike Pettine. Had they been able to hold on and extinguish the rams or upset patriots in the last week, the perspective at this time might be very different. Read more.
Injuries have decimated the crime, quarterback Blake Bortles has fought, the offensive line has not played well even when it’s fresh and there are no consistent outsiders. After all, the jaguans still live in a southern AFC south, and the season is not lost. Read more.
Jetsna has been impressive sometimes and points out at least 34 points in each of their three wins. Other times it has been ugly because they failed to break 17 points in one of their six losses. Such is the life of a rookie quarterback. Read more.
Quarterback Jameis Winston, who put out the first three games due to the suspension, fought with his return and scored eight interceptions in three startups. As a result, coach Dirk Koetter returned to Ryan Fitzpatrick and created a whirlwind of speculation about Winston’s future, a future that is linked to that of Koetter and General Manager Jason Licht.
Coming in 2019
In short, Steve Wilk’s first season as head coach has not begun well and will probably not get better with Arizona’s schedule getting harder. The cardinals must keep Josh Rosen healthy to help his progress as a future quarterback. Read more.
Josh Allen was forced to act before he was ready, and apart from a shocking, upset win over Minnesota Vikings, the bills have generally been in a swan’s peak all season. Health at the quarterback position, which has been risked due to the offensive line, prevents the development of other players and stifles the development of Sean McDermot’s rebuilding. Read more.
For the fifth time since 2010, Browns needs a head coach. The most important thing they do is to find a trainer who can be, who can win, and who can develop a young quarterback in Baker Mayfield. Read more.
Giant crime has been worse than even the wildest expectations. They can not score points in the league when the score is scored in record frequency. The giants have failed the top 20 points in five out of eight matches, even with weapons like Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard. Read more.
The raiders are in deconstruction mode after trying to put together a competitive roster of older veterans and untested newbies in the offseason. They have eliminated edge-rusher Khalil Mack and wider recipient Amari Cooper as they look forward to. Read more.
The hopes of a quick turn and shot at the playoff rejection were evaporated at the moment that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in week 3. What’s left is a roster full of holes and lacking in big time-players to finish close-up wins. Read more.