NFL Mid-Season Report
Week 9 of the NFL season has ended and this means the nicely numbered NFL season has reached it’s halfway mark. The Browns, Giants, Packers, and Seahawks have all played 9 games because they are too cool to make this the precise midway point. We’ve seen some surprises and some teams sink back into the doldrums where they belong (Here’s looking at you, Arizona). Now we’ll have to look at a few things. We’ll start with the absolute basics:
Mid-Season MVP: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans.
Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
Coach of the Year: Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons
QB: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
RB: Arian Foster, Houston Texans
WR: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
OT: Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
OG: Jahari Evans, New Orleans Saints
C: Jeff Saturday, Green Bay Packers
DE: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
DT: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals
OLB: DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
ILB: Jerod Mayi, New England Patriots
S: Stevie Brown, New York Giants
CB: Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears
Here are some other points to make, I s’pose:
Biggest Surprise (in a good way): Chicago Bears
-The Bears are 7-1. Jay Cutler has been abysmal at times, but they have managed to win games. If it weren’t for the defense and the celebrity Eagles team, Lovie Smith and Cutler would have the hottest seats in the NFL. Luckily, they have the defense and thus have managed a 7-1 record. If the offense ever produces like a legitimate NFL team, they’ll be extremely dangerous.
Biggest Surprise (in a bad way): Kansas City Chiefs
-The Chiefs may be the NFL’s worst team. They were a popular pick to win the AFC West at the beginning of the year as they seemed to have extremely capable players at many positions. We’re learning the difference between theory and actuality with this team.
Andrew Luck vs Peyton Manning:
They have the exact same number of passing yards through 8 games (2404) which is kind of cool. Manning has a higher completion percentage and twice as many touchdowns as Luck while throwing 2 less interceptions. Perhaps one of the more surprising stats in Luck has thrown the ball 44 more times than Peyton; although, Peyton has 13 more completions. Luck also has outrushed Peyton 148-9….but who cares?
That’s about all…here are the team-by-team power rankings!
1) Atlanta Falcons; 2) Houston Texans; 3) Chicago Bears; 4) Green Bay Packers; 5) San Francisco 49ers; 6) Baltimore Ravens; 7) New York Giants; 8) New England Patriots; 9) Denver Broncos; 10) Pittsburgh Steelers; 11) Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 12) Indianapolis Colts; 13) Detroit Lions; 14) Seattle Seahawks; 15) Minnesota Vikings; 16) Miami Dolphins; 17) San Diego Chargers; 18) Dallas Cowboys; 19) New Orleans Saints; 20) Philadelphia Eagles; 21) Arizona Cardinals; 22) Oakland Raiders; 23) Washington Redskins; 24) Cincinnati Bengals; 25) St. Louis Rams; 26) New York Jets; 27) Tennessee Titans; 28) Carolina Panthers; 29) Buffalo Bills; 30) Jacksonville Jaguars; 31) Cleveland Browns; 32) Kansas City Chiefs