NFL Mid-Season Updates

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IM BACK. Sports are on and I’m settled in at college. Quick thing to gnaw on during your day, if the Royals were in the playoffs, Jeremy Guthrie would be pitching game one. Other teams in the playoffs would be throwing out there pitchers such as Justin Verlander or C.C. Sabathia. On another note, The Chiefs have created no story lines except for “what are they doing?” The NFL has many story lines like usual. One that stands out is who is dominant. Which team is the favorite for the Super Bowl? It’s not the Patriots or Packers like it has been in recent years. Many thought it may be the Ravens but with recent injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, their hopes are in question. Most people view the Ray Lewis injury as more detrimental. They are wrong. Lardarius Webb was playing at such a high level that he climbed into the top five rankings for cornerbacks.

There are two teams that are currently on top of the NFL. While they may not remain there, they are the best so far. I once thought the Jets would be a sleeper team because of their defense but injuries and some guy named Mark Sanchez has destroyed their season. My other sleeper was the depressing Chiefs. The Chiefs were coming off an injury-plagued season. Jamaal Charles is now healthy and running the football effectively, but the same problem that plagued the Jets are plaguing the Chiefs; quarterback play. Quarterback play is becoming more important in the NFL than it ever has been. Yet the two best teams in the NFL have quarterbacks that are not relied on heavily. These two teams use all the weapons they have to be successful.

1.     Atlanta Falcons 6-0


The Falcons, led by Matt “Ice” Ryan, are currently the only undefeated team in the NFL at 6-0. The offense has been the best phase of the game for the Falcons. While they are undefeated, they still struggle in numerous categories, mainly rush defense. They currently rank 27 in the NFL for rush defense. The Falcons also struggle on the ground offensively where they stand at 25. They have played an extremely easy schedule so far in which the 3-3 Denver Broncos have been the most difficult opponent. The schedule will increase in difficulty immensely over the next few weeks when they play the Eagles, Cowboys, and Saints.

2.     Houston Texans 6-1

As of right now, I personally think the Texans are the best team in the NFL. They have a strong defense in spite the fact that they lost their leader, Brian Cushing. Also, the offense is a balanced attack with weapons such as Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. The offensive line is the most dominant, shown by their rushing numbers. The defense ranks 7th in rushing and 8th in pass defense. The biggest impact player this season has been J.J. Watt. Watt swats everything. If he is not sacking the quarterback (9.5, leading the NFL) then he is swatting the pass down (10). He has been a nightmare for opposing offensive lines because of how he rushes the quarterback. He is not an outside speed rusher like most players who, in the past, have led the NFL in sacks. He comes from the middle and wreaks havoc on nearly every play.

Spencer Montgomery

AFC South Projections

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Houston Texans–  The Texans are one of the NFL’s best teams.  They have a dominant run game with Arian Foster and Ben Tate.  To go along with a dominant run game, they a good passing game.  The Texans have the best wide receiver in the NFL in Andre Johnson.  On defense the Texans can stop the run and have a formidable pass rush.  The Texans have all the ingredients to make the Super Bowl and they are my pick to win the super bowl in 2013.

Prediction 13-3

Tennessee Titans – The Titans are one of the teams that could surprise a lot of people this year.  Their running game will be rejuvenated this year and Chris Johnson will once again be an elite NFL running back.  They have a great young wide receiving core with Kenney Britt, Kendall Wright, and Damian Williams.  Their young wide receiving core should help second year quarterback Jake Locker be successful.  On the defensive side of the ball the only concern I have is how they will replace pro bowl cornerback Cortland Finnegan who signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams.

Prediction 11-5

Indianapolis Colts – The Colts are in a complete rebuild mode right now.  They lost the greatest player in franchise history in Peyton Manning.  However, the Colts just drafted Andrew Luck the top quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft.  They then went on to draft two tight ends to give in Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allan.   The Colts offense will probably be pretty stagnant next year do to all the youth they have on the field.  The Colts defense will be much worse then there offense this year.  They are switching  to a 3-4 defense and don’t have the best personnel for this defense.  However, the colts could have a good pass rush it depends on how well Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis adjust to playing OLB.

Prediction 4-12

Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars have the worst starting quarterback in the NFL right now in Blaine Gabbert.  Blaine, the second year quarterback from Missouri, looks scared in the pocket, which stops him from making accurate throws.  The only positive on their offense is their ability to run the ball with Maurcie Jones Drew. The Jacksonville defense was the 9thbest defense in the NFL this past year.  The defense will have to keep them in games and for them to win they will need to hold the opposing team to under 10 points.

Prediction 4-12

Connor Willsey