NFL Mid-Season Review: Surprises, Disappointments & Sleepers!



Half-way through the 2016 NFL season here is the good, the bad and the teams you don’t want to sleep on this year!

Surprise Teams

Oakland Raiders

Record: 6-2

Matchup to watch for: Week 9 vs. Denver

Oakland has been one of the most exciting teams to watch so far, and they’re doing all of this with a lack luster defense. Derek Carr and his all pro receiving duo of Amari Cooper & Michael Crabtree have been fueling this offense. They’re big test will be against Denver this Sunday. If they manage to win, it’s time to start considering Oakland a legit playoff contender.


Dallas Cowboys

Record: 6-1

Matchup to watch for: Week 13 @ Minnesota

Dallas has now won 6 straight games under sensational rookie Dak Prescott. If you would have told me they would be leading the NFC east without Tony Romo midway through the season I would have called you a liar. This is no fairy tale however, the cowboys are for real. Dak and his fellow rookie Zeke are calm, cool and collected. You can’t buy the poise these players possess. So much so that Dak has Jerry Jones contemplating if Tony will ever start in Big D again.


Who Let Nas Down Thus Far

Jaguars

Record: 2-5

Matchup to watch for: Week 10 vs. Houston

I had high hopes for the Jags this year but for some reason they can’t put wins together. You look at the offensive side of the ball and the talent is there, Blake Bortles, Allen Hurns, and Allen Robinson are legit receivers and T.J. Yeldon as dual threat. On the defensive side Dante Fowler Jr., Myles Jack and Jalen Ramsey make up an exciting young core. All in all this team just can’t find a way to win, I blame the coaching, no wonder they just fired Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson. They need change and fast.

Indianapolis Colts

Record: 3-5

Matchup to watch for: Week 9 @ Green Bay

Andrew Luck was a lot of people’s preseason pick for MVP this year. So far an awful offensive line and even worse defense have not helped Luck’s case at all. The Colts have found ways to lose games they should have won and have been flat out outplayed in others. To make matters worse, GM Ryan Grigson claimed that the defense was so bad because he had to pay Andrew Luck as quoted from stampeded blue, “We have a defense that is a work in progress and when you have to tighten up once you pay Andrew what we did, it’s going to take some time to build on the other side of the ball.” That is a sorry excuse for a GM to use blaming your franchise quarterback contract for your team’s struggles, but surprisingly the Colts can still make the playoffs in this lack luster division if they can string together a few solid wins from here out.


Don’t Sleep!

Atlanta Falcons

Record: 5-3

Matchup to watch for: Week 10 @ Philadelphia

The Falcons have some serious firepower! All of their games have been shootouts if you haven’t seen any go check out their games against San Diego, Oakland and Carolina. It’s no wonder they rank 1st in points per game at 32.8 and 1st in total yards per game at 425.2. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones have been the league’s fiercest QB/WR duo. Be on the lookout for their game against a competitive Philly squad in two weeks. If they can bring it all together on the defensive end they have the potential to be a NFC championship contender in January.


Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 5-2

Matchup to watch for: Week 10: @ Carolina

Kansas City is known for having a stifling defense; this year has been no different. On the offensive side of the ball they always have a solid attack with Alex Smith. When Jamaal Charles is in the lineup they really pose a threat. With him sidelined with a knee injury there’s no timetable when he will be back. We’ve seen Kansas City compete and make the playoffs for the past few seasons. This year may be tougher with Oakland making things interesting in their division a well. If Kansas proves to be a legit contender they will have to show they can compete on the offensive side of the ball when it counts.


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