AFC Half Season Grades

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Here are my AFC Half Season Grades.

New England Patriots

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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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AFC Playoff projections

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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
BF Traded away the only QB that got them into the playoffs in 17 years 0 chance to get to playoffs
MI Have a WR playing QB. ENOUGH SAID.
NJ They were 5-11 and have a D that has aged out.
AFC North
CL The team is better but still not good enough to get into the playoffs. 0-16 last year
CN RV 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.
IN Luck is back but the D, OL and run game are no better.
TN Marcus Mariota and the DBS are the issue that will keep TN out of the playoffs.
AFC West
DV Even Case Keenum won’t make up for a bad DB and a bad DL.
KC The combination of a bad HC and a new QB keeps KC out of the play offs.
OK Derek Carr and the D will keep OK out of the playoffs this year,
Teams that are IN.
NE Great to play in a very weak division.
PT The D is a problem but the passing and running games will score a lot of points.
Bubble but likely in
JK The D gets JK into the playoffs with a little help from the OL & Foutnette.
HO Watson leads HO to a wild card birth.
LC The pass rush and Rivers get LC into the big dance.
Close but no Cigar
BA Joe Flacco and a bad D prevent BA from getting into the playoffs again this year

AFC North starting lineup grades

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My grades for the AFC North starting lineups. Make sure you know who is a keeper and who you should drop going into the first week.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

Ravens
QB Joe Flacco
He has not had a great season since he got paid. D+
RB Alex Collins
Much better than the previous group at 116y/g B
wr Michael Crabtree & John Brown & Willie Snead
BA hopes that it was the WRS not the QB that lead to 29th passing yardage. BA Changed out all WRS but that won’t help C-
te Hayden Hurst R
BA hopes that first round pick Hurst can put some life into TE pos. C
OL Lt Ronnie Stanley lg James Hurst c Ryan Jensen FA rg Marshal Yanda rt Alex Lewis
Nothing special here except Yanda IF he can stay healthy. C
DL le Brandon Williams nt Michael Pierce re Willie Henry
DL over performed B
lb slb Albert McClellan lilb C.J. Mosley rilb Patrick Onwuasor wolb Terrell Suggs
Mosley & Suggs are special rest are not. C+
DB lc Brandon Carr rc Jimmy Smith fs Tony Jefferson ss Eric Weddle
S are both solid but CBS are less solid. B
BENGALS
QB Andy Dalton
Dalton has not won a playoff game. That is why we call him RV. C-
RB Joe Mixon
Bad OL hurt Run gm but Mixon played well. B-
WR A.J. Green & Brandon LaFell & John Ross
Green is outstanding, Rest are decent. B-
TE Tyler Eifert
CN was smart enough to resign UFA Eifert. B
OL lt Cordy Glenn T lg Clint Boling c Billy Price R rg Trey Hopkins rt Jake Fisher
Left side is OK. Rest not so much. C-
DL le Carlos Dunlap lt Chris Baker rt Geno Atkins re Michael Johnson
DL is old but still effective. B+
lb slb Nick Vigil mlb Preston Brown wlb Vontaze Burfict 4gm susp
fa Brown helps but Vontaze Burfict is the key to the group B+
DB lc Dre Kirkpatrick rc William Jackson fs Shawn Williams ss George Iloka
DBS did not preform well last year. C-
Browns
QB Tyrod Taylor or Baker Mayfield
Everyone in CL says that Taylor will start. I don’t believe them. C
RB Carlos Hyde & Duke Johnson Jr.
Hyde is the runner Johnson is the receiver. Crowell escaped No Run CL. C-
wr Jarvis Landry & Josh Gordon + SOMEONE ELSE.
The 3rd WR won’t be Coleman. He is a DISASTER. Key is can Gordon stay on the field? B+
TE David Njoku
Can he catch the ball? D
OL lt Shon Coleman lg Joel Bitonio c JC Tretter rg Kevin Zeitler rt Chris Hubbard
GCG is fine. OTS are the biggest issues C
DL le Emmanuel Ogbah lt Larry Ogunjobi rt Trevon Coley re Myles Garrett
Garrett is solid but the rest are soft. C-
lb slb Jamie Collins mlb Joe Schobert wlb Mychal Kendricks
Collins was bad last yr. Kendricks & Schobert are OK. C
DB lc T.J. Carrie FA rc Denzel Ward R fs Damarious Randall T ss Jabrill Peppers
Peppers was 40 yrds behind the D. Carrie & Ward should help improve pass cov. D+
Steelers
QB Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger had talked about retirement often. A-
RB Le’Veon Bell
Bell is outstanding A
WR Antonio Brown & Juju Smith-Schuster & James Washington R
Brown is outstanding rest are OK. B+
TE Jesse James
James had a good season last yr. B
ol lt Alejandro Villanueva lg Ramon Foster c Maurkice Pouncey rg David DeCastro rt Marcus Gilbert
OL was solid with 3 players making the all pro team. A-
DL le Cameron Heyward nt Javon Hargrave re Stephon Tuitt
Heyward is an All pro but Tuitt fell off after signing a 10 M
lb lolb Bud Dupree lilb Jonathan Bostic rilb Vince Williams rolb T.J. Watt
LB Group got better with FA Bostic. Ryan Shazier may never play again. B+
DB Lc Joe Haden rc Artie Burns fs Morgan Burnett ss Terrell Edmunds R
pt is still trying to find the perfect combination C-
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Top 4 issues facing AFC North teams

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

  Ravens The saying goes when you have 2 QBS you don’t have any. What if you have 5 QBS?
4 The D played very well last year. Can they continue to keep that going with new DC Don “wink” Martindale?
3 The run game was up and down. Can R Alex Collins revive the run game?
2 The WR group was totally reworked. Is this group any better than the one in 17?
1 Flacco has been down the last several years 29th in passing y 17. Can he get the O going to get back into the playoffs?
   
  Bengals
4 Will new blood help an OL that was decimated by losses over the last 2 seasons?
3 Can R Joe Mixon get the run game going?
2 Can the pass D survive the losses they suffered because of cuts?
1 RV Dalton has not won a playoff game in his career. Can he even get there this year?
 

 

Browns
4 CL retained HC Jackson with a 1-31 record. How long will he survive?
3 CL was 18th in rushing despite refusing to run & let R Isaiah Crowell leave in FA. Is there any hope for the run gm?
2 D was 31st in scoring D but the O turned the ball over and over. Will it play better this season?
1 How long will CL let Q Baker Mayfield sit before throwing him to the wolves? It will not be pretty!
   
  Steelers
4 Can the young DBS get the job done with 2 rookies in the group?
3 PT Traded WR Bryant. How will the reworked WR Group play this season?
2 Will PT ever get R Le’Veon Bell to sign a long term contract?
1 Q Ben Roethlisberger played well LY. How will he react to the drafting of Mason Rudolph?

 

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

Ravens

The biggest issues are OL, Dbackfield & Flacco.
5 Will the two injured G’s from last year recover and solve the OL issue?
4 Was RB Collins a one year wonder or will he be able to average 4.8 yards/att that he had last year?
3 How will the new WR group solve the issues they had last year?
2 Will the rebuilt Dbackfield play better this year than they did last year?
1 Will Flacco ever get back to all pro level of play?
Browns
The biggest issue with CL is the head coach. How did he keep his job after going 1-31 in 2 seasons?
5 RB Hyde is the new RB but will Jackson allow him to carry the ball enough?
4 Will WR Josh Gordon stay clean & eligible to play this year?
3 Will the reworked Dbackfield produce better than last year?
2 Who will play LT since Joe Thomas retired?
1 Can Q Taylor get CL to win enough games to get him resigned or will the Rookie start next year?
Bengals
CN was bad last year. Unless the run game gets better, it will be worse this year.
5 Will the rebuilt Dbackfield recover from a very down year?
4 Will the WR group add a guy that can help Green get open?
3 Can the run game get going?
2 Will the OL get better or be as bad as last year? They did trade for LT Glenn from BF.
1 Can Q RV Dalton get back to a decent level of play & get
Steelers
The Dbackfield has played badly but the O is down too.
5 Will Bell play without a long term contract?
4 Can the OL get better ?
3 Can the D avoid the flood of injuries that it suffered last year?
2 CAN THE DBACKFIELD GET BETTER
1 Will Rothlesburger get them into SB?
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What should Browns GM John Dorsey tell ownership to do with Jackson?

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John Dorsey

John Dorsey

 

NOTE:  On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and Analysis of week 14 on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

On NNR, I said several weeks ago that if I had the power, I would fire everyone in the building including the cleaning staff.  Now that the “Cleveland Tans” are facing the possibility of 2 seasons with a single win and so many fans showing up dressed as empty seats, it is time to ask the hard questions.

  • How do you get the most loyal and long-suffering fans in the league to buy season tickets for a team that has lost 31 games in 2 seasons?
  • How do you bring back a head coach that has had so many brain cramps and has lost all but 1 game in two years?
  • How can Dorsey keep the scouting staff that did not have the guts to take a QB when they were still on the board at the Browns pick?
  • What makes us think that QB coach David Lee can develop a rookie QB when he has not done much to Kizer develop at all this year?
  • How can Dorsey keep a Defensive staff that has 1 DB in the next county but gives up more long plays than any other NFL team this season?
  • How can any fan accept a baseball guy as the Chief Strategy Officer?

No question that Dorsey faces a lot of very hard questions but replacing a lawyer with a real football guy is a great start.

That is what I think.  Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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