NFL Season Midterm Report
The season is going by so fast! I can not believe that the season is half-way over. There are 17 weeks of NFL football. Each team plays 16 games and has one week off called a bye week. So, now that we are at Week 10, we are officially at the middle of the season. Each team has eight more games to go.
There have been some surprises and injuries, but my picks for the Super Bowl are still intact.
Let’s break it down by division.
East – Not surprisingly to me, the New England Patriots are leading the division. Some questioned if New England would be successful without strong receivers, a running game and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Those people forgot about the two things that they do have in Boston – head coach, Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Miami Dolphins looked like they were going to contest the Patriots, but after starting 3-1 they are now 4-4 and distracted by “bullygate.” I still have the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
North – The Cincinnati Bengals are leading the division with a young quarterback, Andy Dalton. All of the other teams are only playing mediocre including the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens.
West – This is the tightest division. The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs have come out of the conference’s basement and are leading the division, but the Denver Broncos only have one loss. The two teams meet next week and that will be a real a test for the Chiefs. Peyton Manning and the Broncos will win and take the lead in this division. They are still my pick for the AFC Champs.
South – The Indianapolis Colts are playing well. In his second season, quarterback Andrew Luck is having a great season. He led his team to a victory over his revered predecessor (Peyton Manning) at home which sealed his credibility among fans. Expect them to win the division.
East – How about those Cowboys? The Dallas Cowboys are in first place. Yes, the division is not strong, but first place is first place. The Philadelphia Eagles are getting acclimated to a new fast offense, the Washington Redskins should let their starting quarterback heal and go with the back-up and the New York Giants went most of the first half of the season without a win. This division will come down to the last game when the Cowboys and Eagles play on December 29. The Cowboys will win the division.
North – Green Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured his collarbone and it is not known whether he will return this season or not. The Chicago Bears have their starting quarterback back. The Detroit Lions have the best wide receiver in the league, but they are not consistent and their defense is struggling. I think that the Chicago Bears will win this division.
West – The Seattle Seahawks are leading the division. I had them going to the playoffs but as a Wild Card because I picked the San Francisco 49ers to win the division. The 49ers are right behind the Seahawks, but they were blown out by them 29-3 earlier this season. They meet again December 8. The winner will win the division. San Francisco will not lose the second meeting.
South – This division has the biggest disappointment and the most improved. The Atlanta Falcons were one game away from a Super Bowl in January. So far this season, they have only won two games. The Panthers started off 0-2. Since then, they have gone on to win five of their last six games. With “bountygate” deep in their rear view mirror and their coach back, the New Orleans Saints are on top of this division.
The second half of the season starts tonight with the Washington Redskins at the Minnesota Vikings. Watch it on the NFL Network at 8:25 pm ET.
Get in the game!