AFC Half Season Grades

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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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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
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NFL AFC West starting lineup Grades for all you kids working on your fantasy football teams this team.

Broncos

Broncos

AFC West
Broncos
QB Case Keenum
Has GM John Elway found his franchise QB? B-
RB Devontae Booker or Royce Freeman
Booker did not run well last season. Freeman will challenge this season. C-
WR Demaryius Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders
Thomas is top 20 but Sanders is not. C
TE Jake Butt
Lost all last year from Inj. B-
OL lt Garett Bolles lg Ronald Leary c Matt Paradis rg Connor McGovern rt Jared Veldheer
lt Bolles was a rookie but played OK rt Veldheer is decent, Middle of OL is an issue. B-
DL le Derek Wolfe nt Domata Peko re Bradley Chubb
Chubb is the hope for DL. D
LB slb Shane Ray lib Brandon Marshall rib Todd Davis wolb Von Miller
Miller leads the pass rush Marshall leads the team in run stops B
DB lc Bradley Roby rc Chris Harris Jr. fs Darian Stewart ss Justin Simmons
cbs are a disaster safeties are decent C
Chiefs
QB Patrick Mahomes
Very unproven and a big risk D for now D
RB Kareem Hunt
Hunt is a keeper if he can stay healthy A-
WR Sammy Watkins & Tyreek Hill
Both are outstanding A-
TE Travis Kelce
OUTSTANDING A
OL lt Eric Fisher lg Bryan Witzmann c Mitch Morse rg Laurent Duvernay-Tardif rt Mitchell Schwartz
Schwartz is solid but Fisher is over rated. Rest are below average. B-
DL le Allen Bailey nt Xavier Williams re Chris Jones
This grp is a mess & a shadow of what they were 3 years ago. D
LB lob Justin Houston lilb Reggie Ragland rilb Anthony Hitchens rolb Dee Ford
Houston is good as is Hitchens Dee has potential but had not show it yet. B-
DB lc Kendall Fuller rc David Amerson fs Daniel Sorensen ss Eric Berry
Fuller is OK. So is Berry if he can stay healthy. Sorensen may miss early weeks of the season. C
CHARGERS
QB Philip Rivers
One of the best QB’s in the league A
RB Melvin Gordon
One good year after a bad year, Which will we see this year? B-
WR Keenan Allen & Mike Williams & Travis Benjamin & Tyrell Williams
This grp is outstanding & Rivers makes them better B-
TE Virgil Green
Lost Hunter but Green is OK. C
OL lt Russell Okung lg Dan Feeney c Mike Pouncey rg Forrest Lamp rt Joe Barksdale
Okung is over rated. Pouncey adds a lot Feeney & Lamp are good B
DL le Joey Bosa lt Brandon Mebane rt Darius Philon re Melvin Ingram
Bosa & Ingram are outstanding, Rest are decent B-
LB solb Denzel Perryman mlb Hayes Pullard wolb Kyle Emanuel
Group is weak D
DB lc Trevor Williams rc Casey Hayward fs Desmond King ss Derwin James
Hayward & King are OK. Rest are weak C
Raiders
QB Derek Carr
Has been decent but can he develop further? C
RB Marshawn Lynch
Depth is solid but could this be the last yr for Lynch? B-
WR Amari Cooper & Jordy Nelson & Martavis Bryant
Both Nelson and Bryant are FA and will help a lot. B
TE Jared Cook & Lee Smith
Cook is solid and Smith can block. B
OL lt Donald Penn lg Kelechi Osemele c Rodney Hudson rg Gabe Jackson rt Kolton Miller
This line was bad last year. Must get better if O is going to work better. C-
DL le Khalil Mack lt Eddie Vanderdoes rt Justin Ellis re Bruce Irvin
Pass rush is solid but DL can’t stop the run. B-
LB slb Tahir Whitehead mlb Derrick Johnson wlb Emmanuel Lamur
Whitehead is good rest are not D
DB lc Gareon Conley rc Rashaan Melvin fs Reggie Nelson ss Karl Joseph
Conley must come through for the group to improve C-
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4 Issues facing AFC West teams

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Broncos

Broncos

  AFC West
   
  Broncos
4 DV drafted 2 RBS & 2 WRS. Is that enough to fix the O?
3 The D got some pass rush by taking Edge rusher Bradley Chubb. Will they understand how to use him most effectively?
2 The D was solid except in ppg. Lots of that was due to O turnovers. Can a better O help the D get better?
1 DV signed Case Keenum to big contract. Will that solve the QB issues for DV?
   
  Chargers
4 RB Melvin Gordon scored 12 TD & had 1000 rushing yards. Can he do that again this season?
3 TE Hunter Henry was lost for 18 with an ACL tear & released Antonio Gates. Can the TE position contribute to playoffs?
2 The 1st 4 picks were on D. 2 were Safeties. Pass Rush is solid. Did LC do enough on D to get into the playoffs?
1 Q Philip Rivers was outstanding last yr after leading in picks in 16. Can he duplicate last year’s results this season?
   
  Chiefs
4 Can the OL stay healthy in 2018?
3 The OL was hurt but the Run gm was solid. Can R Kareem Hunt duplicate his 17 season?
2 The D has aged out & lost players due to cap issues. Can KC D recover enough to get the team back to the playoffs?
1 KC took a BIG risk in trading Smith & making Patrick Mahomes the QB. Will that work out for more than 10 wins?
   
  Raiders
4 OK drafted 2 OT. Did they do enough to fix a VERY over rated OL?
3 The WR group couldn’t catch the ball. OK got FA Jordy Nelson & drafted Marcell Ateman. Is that enough?
2 The Pass D under preformed badly last yr. Can the new staff get the DBS to play better?
1 Q Derek Carr had a bad season last yr. Can he recover this year to get OK into the playoffs?
 
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Top 5 Questions facing AFC West teams.

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Broncos

Broncos

Broncos
A HOF QB is the GM & can’t find a QB. He had to get one in FA. What is wrong with this picture?
5 Can the run gm continue to hold up with a bad OL?
4 Will DV find a TE that can catch the ball?
3 Will the WR group do better with Keenum at QB?
2 The NoFlyZone is now the Friendly skys of United. Can they get back to the playoffs with the new DBS?
1 Can Case Keenum repeat his 17 level of success?
 
Chiefs
Having Reid as GM has led to no cap space. It will cost him his job & KC the playoffs.
5 Can the run gm continue to hold up without Smith at QB?
4 Can the DL pressure the QB & stop the run?
3 Will the WR group survive with Mahomes at QB?
2 How will the Dbackfield survive without CB Marcus Peters?
1 Can Patrick Mahomes get KC back to the playoffs?
 
Chargers
LC was in the playoff hunt last year. Can they make it this season?
5 Will R Gordon continue to play at all pro level or fall back to being average?
4 Will the OL survive the loss of Matt Slauson & play as well as they did last year?
3 The DL was outstanding last yr. Can the pass rush continue to be the focal point of the D?
2 Will the LB group improve this year & cover RBS out of the backfield?
1 Philip Rivers was outstanding last year (28TDS 10 picks). Can he remain at that level or fall back to 16 by leading in picks.
 
Raiders
Can the new HC Jon Gruden get OK back to the playoffs?
5 How many good years does Marshawn Lynch have left?
4 The OL was bad last yr. Can it get back to the level it played at in 16?
3 Can W Jordy Nelson make the WR group better?
2 Can HC Jon Gruden get the D to play at a level of the talent?
1 Will Q Derek Carr get back to 16 level when he played well?

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DV    5 How fast can Elway get QB Paxton Lynch ready?
4 Can Run game be top 5 this year? It will have to be.
3 Can DV D Overcome D losses of DT Williams, olb Watson & cb Watson?
2 Can the additions on O line of Leary & Watson solve the problem?
1 Can DV win games with Siemian at QB or will Lynch start for DV?
KC     5 Was OT Okung addition by subtraction?
4 Can RB Kareem Hunt replace Charles as the all-around back?
3 Can Smith find anyone to catch the ball since Maclin is gone?
2 Did KC do enough to replace FA DT Dontari Poe?
1 Did the move up to get Mahomes indicate KC are not happy with Smith?
OK     5 When will S Reggie Nelson and Karl Joseph return to work?
4 Who will carry the ball for OK? Lynch is 96 and the others are small.
3 Did OK do enough at REC getting WR Patterson & TE Cook?
2 Can OLB Irvin give OK Pass rush opposite DE Mack?
1 When will QB Derek Carr be ready to start and will he be as effective as last year?
LC     5 Did Chargers do enough getting Tre Boston to replace Weddle?
4 Can anyone on the other side help Joey Bosa with the pass rush?
3 Will Melvin Gordon be as good as he was last year?
2 Can reshuffled LC O line with LT Okung protect QB Philip Rivers?
1 How will the move to LA affect the Charger season?

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