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Here are my AFC Half Season Grades.

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AFC East

New England Offense is outstanding Defense is average. A-

Miami Offense is very inconsistent Defense is consistently bad C-

New York Jets This team is not going anywhere. D

Buffalo This team is in for a long couple of seasons. D

AFC North

Pittsburgh The Offense finally got going. The Defense needs to get better. B

Cincinnati I have no idea how the have 5 wins. Offense struggles & Defense is worse. D

Cleveland Fired the HC & OC That says it all. F-

AFC South

Houston Defense is nearly back & Watson is getting better. B-

Tennessee This team can’t get out of its one way on Offense. The Defense has stats but can’t play. D

Jacksonville This team is a mess on both sides. Bortles struggles & so does the Defense. C-

Indianapolis has Luck and nothing else. D

AFC West

Kansas City Offense is outstanding. Good thing O scores a lot because D gives up a ton of them. B+

LA Chargers Rivers is great. Run gm is top 10. OL is OK. Defense is better but needs a pass rush. B-

Denver The Offense is below average. Keenum is not getting it done. Run gm is solid. Defense gets sacks & picks. C

Oakland The team is a total mess caused by Gruden who has traded 2 of the best players. F–

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And you thought your NFL NFC team had a chance to get to the playoffs this year? You are probably wrong. Here are my NFC Playoff predictions.

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NO CHANCE
NFC East
NGReally hard to predict this team but they won’t make the playoffs.
WAQB Smith has less to work with than he did in KC.
NFC North
DTAll Stafford has is his arm. No OL, no WRS and a bad D.
CHHeading in the right direction but not sure if they have the right QB
NFC South
CRCam is a question mark but the D is fine. That is not enough to get them into the playoffs
TBJameis Winston starts the season with a 3-game suspension in the worst part of the schedule for TB and the D is not good enough to rescue the O.
NFC West
AZThey find out how much they miss Mathieu and fail to make the playoffs.
Teams that are in the playoffs
PHThe D will keep PH in the race no matter who is QB
MNKirk Cousins has much better targets than in WA. He and the D will get it done.
NOBrees and an improving D get NO back into the playoffs
On the bubble
LRCould make it but needed DT Aaron Donald to sign but traded DE Quinn because they had no idea how to use him.
Needs some help
DAThe O is fine. If the D comes around and develops a pass rush DA could make it to the playoffs
GBIf the OL can keep Rodgers healthy and D figures out how to cover WRS & TES
ATRyan can score a lot of points but can the D stop anyone? If they can AT can get in.
Very little hope
SEWilson is wonderful but he can’t play D. Legion of book is dead. So is the D.
SFGaroppolo gives SF fans some hope but the D needs to be better to make the playoffs
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You might think your team has a chance to make the playoffs, well they don’t. Here’s my AFC Playoff projections.

AFC Playoff Projections

AFC Teams that have no chance for the playoffs
AFC East
BFTraded away the only QB that got them into the playoffs in 17 years 0 chance to get to playoffs
MIHave a WR playing QB. ENOUGH SAID.
NJThey were 5-11 and have a D that has aged out.
AFC North
CLThe team is better but still not good enough to get into the playoffs. 0-16 last year
CNRV Dalton has not led CN to a win in the playoffs in his career. He won’t this year either.
AFC South This is the most competitive division in the AFC.
INLuck is back but the D, OL and run game are no better.
TNMarcus Mariota and the DBS are the issue that will keep TN out of the playoffs.
AFC West
DVEven Case Keenum won’t make up for a bad DB and a bad DL.
KCThe combination of a bad HC and a new QB keeps KC out of the play offs.
OKDerek Carr and the D will keep OK out of the playoffs this year,
Teams that are IN.
NEGreat to play in a very weak division.
PTThe D is a problem but the passing and running games will score a lot of points.
Bubble but likely in
JKThe D gets JK into the playoffs with a little help from the OL & Foutnette.
HOWatson leads HO to a wild card birth.
LCThe pass rush and Rivers get LC into the big dance.
Close but no Cigar
BAJoe Flacco and a bad D prevent BA from getting into the playoffs again this year
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The NFL got started this past weekend and here are my NFC west starting position grades.

NFC West starting position grades

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Cardinals
QBSam Bradford or Josh Rosen
Bradford is a victim of bad coaching and being put in too soon after an injury. Rosen is green as baby peas. C+
RBDavid Johnson
He is solid IF he can stay healthy. Some decent depth behind him. B
WRLarry Fitzgerald & Christian Kirk
Fitz is older than rock and Kirk is a rookie. Behind them group includes Browns reject Greg Little. C-
TEJermaine Gresham & Ricky Seals-Jones
Solid group here. Both can run and catch. B
OLlt D.J. Humphries lg Mike Iupati c Mason Cole rg Justin Pugh rt Andre Smith
The OL has been rebuilt again. This time it seems better. B
DLle Robert Nkemdiche nt Corey Peters re Olsen Pierre
This group has yet to prove they can play. D
LBsolb Chandler Jones lilb Josh Bynes rilb Deone Bucannon wolb Markus Golden
Jones is all pro and outstanding. Rest are unproven and little to back them up. C-
DBlc Patrick Peterson rc Jamar Taylor fs Antoine Bethea ss Budda Baker
Peterson has lost a step. Any group that includes a former Brown can’t be good. C
Rams
QBJared Goff
Goff was good last year but bad in yr 1. I am guessing he will be OK in 18. B-
RBTodd Gurley
Gurley has 2 good seasons sandwiched around 1 bad yr. No depth here at all. B+
WRBrandin Cooks & Robert Woods & Cooper Kupp
All three are in top 35 of the league. A-
TETyler Higbee
Decent guy and some depth with Gerald Everett B-
OLlt Andrew Whitworth lg Rodger Saffold c John Sullivan rg Austin Blythe rt Rob Havenstein
Solid group but a little old. B
DLle Ndamukong Suh nt Michael Brockers re Ethan Westbrooks
Huge piece of the DL missing in Aaron Donald. He is holding out for a new deal. C without him A- WITH HIM
LBlolb Matt Longacre ilb Mark Barron ilb Cory Littleton rolb Samson Ebukam
LR couldn’t figure out how to use Quinn and that hurts this group. C-
DBlc Marcus Peters rc Aqib Talib fs LaMarcus Joyner ss John Johnson
Peters has a lot to prove. Talib has lost a step. Joyner is on Franchise tag, B-
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49ERS
QBJimmy Garoppolo
He gave SF 5 wins to end the season. Could there be more this year? B
RBJerick McKinnon
He came from MN and was good there. Not much of an OL here. C
WRMarquise Goodwin & Pierre Garcon
Goodwin is fine Garcon is average. Some depth B-
TEGeorge Kittle
Kittle turned into a very solid TE as a rookie. C+
OLlt Joe Staley lg Jonathan Cooper c Weston Richburg rg Laken Tomlinson rt Mike McGlinchey
Rebuilt OL will be better with lg Cooper & c Richburg but not sure McGlinchey can play T. B-
DLle Arik Armstead lt Earl Mitchell rt DeForest Buckner re Solomon Thomas
Thomas and Buckner are OK Rest need a LOT of work. C-
LBsolb Eli Harold mlb Korey Toomer wolb Malcolm Smith
When mlb Reuben Foster gets off his 2 game suspension this group will be better. Smith helps. D+
DBlc Richard Sherman rc Ahkello Witherspoon fs Adrian Colbert ss Jaquiski Tartt
If Sherman is healthy this group will be improved. If not group is below average. C-
Seahawks
QBRussell Wilson
He does more with less than any QB in recent memory. No OL, NO RUN GAME. A
RBChris Carson or Rashaad Penny
Penny is a rookie. Carson played OK last year. C
WRDoug Baldwin & Tyler Lockett & Jaron Brown
Baldwin is solid. Rest are good. Not much depth except Marshall. B
TEEd Dickson
FA from CR but can’t replace Jimmy Graham C-
OLlt Duane Brown lg Ethan Pocic c Justin Britt rg D.J. Fluker rt Jamarco Jones
OL got better with Brown but is not good yet D-
DLle Dion Jordan lt Jarran Reed rt Nazair Jones re Frank Clark
Clark is the only pass rusher here D-
LBsolb Barkevious Mingo mlb Bobby Wagner wolb K.J. Wright
any LB group that has Mingo is bad. Wagner is fine, C-
DBlc Justin Coleman rc Shaquill Griffin fs Tedric Thompson ss Bradley McDougald
Legion of Boom is dead. 3 of the 4 are gone & SE needs to sign Thomas D
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They are coming out quickly now, getting ready for opening weekend. Here is the NFC South starting lineup grades.

New Orlean Saints

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Atlanta Falcons
QB Matt Ryan is often overrated, but mostly gets the job done. Most mistakes come from trying to do too much. His contract extension was sizable but structured well. B+
RB Devonta Freeman Speaking of overrated…though his ceiling tops out well below that of Ryan. How much does Freeman really have in the tank? B-
WR Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and R Calvin Ridley. Drafting Ridley was an odd choice for a team with 2 solid receivers and a lot of defensive issues. Still, this group will help Ryan put points on the board. B+
TE Austin Hooper, Logan Paulsen. Hooper has some potential but makes a lot of critical mistakes. Paulson was a nice veteran FA addition and is a solid blocker. C+
OL LT Jake Matthews LG Andy Levitre C Alex Mack RG Wes Schweitzer RT Ryan Schraeder team is returning all 5 starters, but Brandon Fusco may push Schweitzer for the RG job. Mack is an All Pro. Levitre is an excellent run blocker but is coming off an injury. B-
DL Takkarist McKinley, Terrell McClain, Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley Letting Dontari Poe leave remains a huge mistake. Claybourn is also gone (NE). Beasley and Jarrett are respectable. McKinley showed good pass rush skills his rookie season, but this group still feels soft. C
LB WLB Duke Riley MLB Deion Jones SLB De’Vondre Campbell. Jones is a Pro Bowler. Campbell is improving and has benefited from the move to SAM in 2017. Riley is behind the rest of the group and there’s not much depth. C
DB CB Robert Alford, Desmond Trufant, Brian Poole. Lack of depth and underperformance in critical situations in this group contributed hugely to the Falcons demise last season. Attempts to bolster CB this offseason with Justin Bethel (Cardinals) and Isaiah Oliver didn’t  impress me much.  FS Keanu Neal, SS Ricardo Allen. Lots of depth in this group. Allen is a true QB of the defense. C+ (safeties B+, CBs C-)
Carolina Panthers 
QB Cam Newton gets an A when it comes to natural talent, but that will never matter unless he finally gets his head screwed on straight. C
RB CJ Anderson, Christian McCaffrey. Anderson was a nice pickup, but the acquisition is getting more attention than it should. McCaffrey is a stellar pass catcher and excels at finding the end zone, but can’t realistically carry the load on the ground. C+
WR Torrey Smith, Devin Funchess, DJ Moore. Underwhelming but functional group. Can Moore be a breakout contributor? Big changes this offseason, but are the really any different in terms of where they rank than the disappointing receiving corps from 2017? C
TE Greg Olsen is among the league’s best. A
OL LT Matt Kalil, LG Amini Silatolu, C Ryan Kalil, RG Trai Turner, RT Taylor Moton. The Panthers have lost 3 starters to injury, all of whom have uncertain timetables. Matt Kalil just had his knee scoped. The depth isn’t good and the term “position catastrophe” has been tossed around by local media. D
DL Julius Peppers, Dontari Poe, Kawann Short, Mario Addison Solid across all 4 spots. Poe was a near perfect replacement for Star Lotulelei. Depth is the only potential issue. A-
LB SLB Shaq Thompson, MLB Luke Kuechly, WLB Thomas Davis. Kuechly is among the league’s best. Davis will start the season serving a four-game suspension. The Panthers have some depth to absorb that, but it’s largely unproven. B+.
DB CB James Bradberry, Kevon Seymour, FS Mike Adams, SS Da’Norris Searcy. Bradberry and Adams are the only returning starters after a season in which this group sank the entire defense. Searcy has experience but will be pushed in camp by younger candidates. Lots of questions about how the lack of depth here will impact play against teams using heavy receiver sets. C-
New Orleans Saints
QB Drew Brees can throw successfully to anyone, against anyone, protected by anyone, and he never gets injured despite advancing age. A
RB Mark Ingram (suspended 4 games PEDs), Alvin Kamara. Ingram was overrated last season and will go right back to being the Ingram we all know and hate now that he’s off the PEDs. Kamara has a ton of talent and can pick up the slack during Ingram’s suspension, but can he stay healthy? B-
WR Ted Ginn Jr., Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, Cameron Meredith. Unremarkable group? Yes. Does it matter? Not a bit. Brees spreads the ball around better than anyone in football and can make mediocre receivers look good. C+
TE Benjamin Watson, Josh Hill. Watson is a good leader who once had good physical talent, but he’s old and has had multiple head injuries. C
OL LT Terron Armstead, LG Andrus Peat, C Max Unger, RG Larry Warford, RT Ryan Ramczyk. This might be the best OL in the league. They’re not an A in a vacuum, but they sure are when you grade on a bell curve. A
DL Cameron Jordan, Sheldon Rankins, Tyeler Davison, Alex Okafor, R Marcus Davenport. Potentially excellent, especially in terms of depth, but can they continue to develop at the pace they achieved last year? Was drafting Davenport really the right way to go? B-
LB SLB AJ Klein, MLB Manti Te’o WLB Demario Davis. Weakest and most concerning unit on an otherwise up-and-coming, solid defense. Worst LB corps in the division. Klein has good experience as Kuechly’s backup in Carolina, but can he stand on his own? C-
DB CB Ken Crawley, Marshon Lattimore, Patrick Robinson FS Marcus Williams SS Kurt Coleman. Critical youth-driven mistakes cost them dearly in the playoffs last season. That should improve as the group ages and gains experience. B
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Jameis Winston starts the season with a 3-game suspension and can’t stay out of trouble, forcing Fitzpatrick to start for the 3 opening tilts and possibly again if Winston can’t keep it together. On the field, Winston has been decent but seems to have stagnated in terms of career progress, likely a coaching issue. C
RB Peyton Barber, Jacquizz Rodgers, Ronald Jones. Hugely concerning unless you’re a big believer in the potential of Ronald Jones. Did it really make sense to release Doug Martin? C-
WR Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson. Evans is as good as it gets, Jackson has lost some flash but still contributes well. Depth is decent but not exceptional. A-
TE OJ Howard, Cameron Brate Howard is well on his way to being a star at the position. A-
OL LT Donovan Smith LG Ali Marpet C Ryan Jensen RG Caleb Benenoch, Demar Dotson. Tons of issues with 80% of starters returning from a disastrous 2017 group, though positions have been rejiggered slightly. This is still a bottom half of the league line. D+
DL Jason Pierre-Paul, Gerald McCoy, Beau Allen (R Vita Vea), Vinny Curry The talent level here is ridiculous, but the group underachieved horrifically last season. We mostly blamed coaching, and unfortunately that doesn’t look like it will change much. The players themselves get a B+
LB SLB Adarius Taylor MLB Kwon Alexander WLB Lavonte Davis. This group underachieved far less than others on this defense last season, and their positional coach was hired away. B+
DB CB Vernon Hargreaves, Brent Grimes, R Carlton Davis, S Chris Conte, Justin Evans. A lot of youth and inexperience in the position group. Hargreaves has had some injury issues, and the safeties concern me. C-
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For everyone asking for NFC North starting lineup grades, here you are. Hope you have time to get ready for opening weekend.

Chicago Bears

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NFC North
Bears
QBMitch Trubisky
I am not sure Mitch is the right guy but he is all they have C
RBJordan Howard
Howard is solid but this group is deep with quality A-
WRAllen Robinson & Taylor Gabriel & Anthony Miller
Robinson is FA from JK. He & Gabriel will start. White is a bust & may get cut. Miller & Fowler will stay. B
TETrey Burton
Miller is out so Burton will start C
OLlt Charles Leno lg James Daniels c Cody Whitehair rg Kyle Long rt Bobby Massie
Right side is OK left not so much. C
DLle Jonathan Bullard nt Eddie Goldman re Akiem Hicks
Hicks is solid rest are not D
LBlolb Khalil Mack lilb Danny Trevathan rilb Nick Kwiatkoski rolb Leonard Floyd
Group is solid and will be better with Mack and when Roquan Smith gets in B+
DBlc Prince Amukamara rc Kyle Fuller fs Eddie Jackson ss Adrian Amos
This is the strength of the D and will get better with Amukamara healthy B+
Lions
QBMatthew Stafford
Top 5 and has a RB now. A-
RBLeGarrette Blount
2 time NFL Champ that can hit the middle of the D. B+
WR Marvin Jones & Golden Tate
This group is outstanding. Tate FA from SE. A-
TELuke Willson & Michael Roberts
Wilson can catch Roberts is the blocker B-
OLlt Taylor Decker lg Frank Ragnow c Graham Glasgow rg T.J. Lang rt Ricky Wagner
Group is green as baby peas but has potential C-
DLle Anthony Zettel lt A’Shawn Robinson rt Sylvester Williams re Ezekiel Ansah
Ansah is find the rest are not D
LBSolb Devon Kennard ml Jarrad Davis wolb Jalen Reeves-Maybin
Davis & Reeves-Maybin are young & have potential. Kennard is OK C-
DBlc Darius Slay rc Teez Tabor fs Glover Quin ss Quandre Diggs
Tabor is the weak link otherwise OK B-
Packers
QBAaron Rodgers
If the OL can keep him healthy he is fine A-
RBJamaal Williams
He is OK but needs better blocking by the OL C
WRDavante Adams & Randall Cobb & Geronimo Allison
2/3 of the group are fine Allison is the problem B-
TEJimmy Graham
SE Loss is GB Gain B+
OLlt David Bakhtiari lg Lane Taylor c Corey Linsley rg Justin McCray rt Bryan Bulaga
lt Bakhtiari is solid rest not so much C-
DLle Muhammad Wilkerson nt Kenny Clark re Mike Daniels
re Daniels is decent. FA Wilkerson may help vs run. C-
LBlolb Clay Matthews lilb Blake Martinez rilb Oren Burks rolb Nick Perry
Matthews is fine if healthy. Martinez stops the run. Rest are average B-
DBlc Jaire Alexander rc Tramon Williams fs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ss Josh Jones
Corners are weak but HaHa & Jones are OK. C
Vikings
QBKirk Cousins
Risked everything to bring in Cousins after getting to the NFC Champ game last year C
RBDalvin Cook
Cook was hurt most of last year. Should be fine this season. B
WRAdam Thielen & Stefon Diggs
Cousins has never has this good a group of WR A-
TEKyle Rudolph
Solid A-
OLlt Riley Reiff lg Tom Compton c Pat Elflein rg Aviante Collins rt Mike Remmers
OL is very over rated C
DLle Danielle Hunter lt Linval Joseph rt Sheldon Richardson re Everson Griffen
Griffen is solid rest is not. Depth will help. B
LBsolb Anthony Barr mlb Eric Kendricks wolb Ben Gedeon
Barr & Kendricks are solid, Gedeon is a project B+
DBlc Xavier Rhodes rc Trae Waynes fs Harrison Smith ss Andrew Sendejo
Rhodes & Smith are all pros Rest are OK. A-

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