AFC Half Season Grades

Here are my AFC Half Season Grades.

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+

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AFC Playoff projections

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
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AFC North starting lineup grades

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.

Ravens
QBJoe Flacco
He has not had a great season since he got paid. D+
RBAlex Collins
Much better than the previous group at 116y/g B
wrMichael 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-
teHayden Hurst R
BA hopes that first round pick Hurst can put some life into TE pos. C
OLLt 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
DLle Brandon Williams nt Michael Pierce re Willie Henry
DL over performed B
lbslb Albert McClellan lilb C.J. Mosley rilb Patrick Onwuasor wolb Terrell Suggs
Mosley & Suggs are special rest are not. C+
DBlc Brandon Carr rc Jimmy Smith fs Tony Jefferson ss Eric Weddle
S are both solid but CBS are less solid. B
BENGALS
QBAndy Dalton
Dalton
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Top 4 issues facing AFC North teams

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

 

Browns
4CL retained HC Jackson with a 1-31 record. How long will he survive?
3CL was 18th in rushing despite refusing to run & let R Isaiah Crowell leave in FA. Is there any hope for the run
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Top 5 questions facing The AFC North teams

 

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
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What should Browns GM John Dorsey tell ownership to do with Jackson?

 

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
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