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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
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

Starter Grades for AFC East

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Here are my Starter Grades for AFC East teams. If you are picking your fantasy sports teams this weekend you’ll want to have a look at these ratings.

Starter Grades for AFC East

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 Bills
QBnew AJ McCarron FA Josh Allen R gone Ty Taylor T
 McCarron is unproven & Allen is a rookie. D
  
RBLeSean McCoy
 McCoy is Outstanding as a runner & receiver. A
  
WRKelvin Benjamin & Zay Jones D-
  
TECharles Clay & Nick O’Leary C-
  
OL lt Dion Dawkins lg John Miller C Russell Bodine rg Vlad Ducasse rt Jordan Mills
 lt Glenn T & lg Incognito ret were the keys to the O. D
  
DLLe Trent Murphy FA lt Star Lotulelei FA rt Kyle Williams re Jerry Hughes T
 The 4/3 which fits the D better. C+
  
lbwlb Matt Milano mlb Tremaine Edmunds R slb Lorenzo Alexander
 MLB Preston Brown was allowed to leave as FA.R Edmunds replaced him. C-
  
dblc Tre’Davious White rc Vontae Davis fs Jordan Poyer ss Micah Hyde
 ss Hyde & lc White are solid, rc Davis is not longer elite. Gaines left via FA. B
  
 Dolphins
QBRyan Tannehill
 MI is convinced Tannehill is the guy. I am not. D-
  
RBKenyan Drake
 Drake is not big enough to carry the ball 25 times a game. Frank Gore is past his “use by” date. D
  
WRDeVante Parker & Kenny Stills
 Jarvis Landry was traded to CL & MI needs him D
  
TEA.J. Derby & Mike Gesicki R
 Thomas is gone, F-
  
OLlt Laremy Tunsil lg Josh Sitton c Daniel Kilgore rg Jesse Davis rt Ja’Wuan James
 C Mike Pouncey begged to be cut & Jermon Bushrod couldn’t wait to sign with a Good team D
  
DLle Cameron Wake lt Akeem Spence rt Davon Godchaux re Robert Quinn
 DT are soft but adding Quinn who LR never figured out how to use him Helps Pass Rush B
  
OBslb Chase Allen mlb Raekwon McMillan wlb Kiko Alonso
 The only one in this grp that is solid is Alonso. D
  
dblc Xavien Howard rc Cordrea Tankersley fs Minkah Fitzpatrick R ss Reshad Jones
 Jones is solid but the rest are big ? C
  
 patriots
qbTom Brady A+
  
RBJames White
 NE can’t trust a rookie so White starts. C
  
WRJulian Edelman sus 4 GMS Chris Hogan Kenny Britt Jordan Matthews
 When Edelman gets back WRS grup is OK. Britt can’t catch but Hogan is OK. B
  
TE Rob Gronkowski A
  
OLlt Isaiah Wynn lg Joe Thuney c David Andrews rg Shaq Mason rt Trent Brown
 Rebuilt OL needs Brady’s quick release but don’t expect a run gm. D
  
DLle Adrian Clayborn FA lt Lawrence Guy rt Malcom Brown re Trey Flowers
 Very little pass rush except for Clayborn C
  
lbDont’a Hightower & Kyle Van Noy
 Hightower was out most of the yr. But should be better this sea. B
  
dbLc Jonathan Jones rc Stephon Gilmore 3rd cb Jason McCourty fs Devin McCourty ss Patrick Chung
 S are stronger than CBS B
  
 Jets
QBJosh McCown or Sam Darnold
 McCown is inj prone & old. Darnold will see action soon. C
  
RBIsaiah Crowell
 Crow is a good RB but never got a chance to run in CL. He will do well here. B
  
WRRobby Anderson & Jermaine Kearse & Terrelle Pryor
 Anderson & Kearse are OK but Pryor needs to step up his production. B
  
TEEric Tomlinson
 He is nothing special. C-
  
OLlt Kelvin Beachum lg James Carpenter c Spencer Long rg Brian Winters rt Brandon Shell
 Beachum is solid but the rest are below average. D
  
DLle Leonard Williams nt Steve McLendon re Henry Anderson
 Very average DL C
  
lblolb Josh Martin liob Avery Williamson rilb Darron Lee rolb Jordan Jenkins
 Except for Lee this group is below average. D
  
dblc Trumaine Johnson rc Morris Claiborne fs Jamal Adams ss Marcus Maye
 This group under preformed last season. C-

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Top 4 issues facing AFC East teams

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 Bills
4Can the rebuilt OL give the Q time to throw and give the running game a chance to succeed?
3Can the D limit opponents run game to under 100y/g? Gave up 124.6 last year
2Is the O able to score more point this year than 18.9 in 17?
1Is A.J. McCarron the starter or will be Josh Allen?
  
 Dolphins
4Can the D that is aging out still be competitive?
3Can the ST stop giving up big returns?
2Can the run game get going that was 29th last year.
1Now that Cutler is in the broadcast booth, will Ryan Tannehill finally become the QB to get MI into the playoffs?
  
 Pats
4Can R Sony Michel get the run game going?
3Can the rebuilt OL give Brady time to throw?
2The D fell of the map last year. Can they get back to a level to get back to the SB?
1As long as Tom Brady is healthy the O will be fine. Can he stay upright this season?
  
 Jets
4The O was DOA last year. Can it score more points this season?
3Will the green as grass D preform better this season?
2Can R Isaiah Crowell get the run game going?
1As the QB Merry-go-round stops, who will start at the position?
 
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Top 5 Questions facing the AFC East teams

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BF 5How long can BF stay with their stadium situation?
4Can WR Watkins stay healthy all year?
3Will the D be as good as in 2015 as it gets older at key positions like DT?
2Can BF keep the run game going with McCoy and more stable O line?
1Can Taylor offer the kind of passing game to truly contend in the AFC East?
MI 5Can MI really challenge NE for the AFC East title?
4Will D additions of Timmons, Allen & McDonald help?
3Will the high priced D finally live up to their salaries?
2Can MI get as much out of Jay Ajayi as last year 1,272 yards, 8 touchdowns?
1Can Adam Gase push Ryan Tannehill to the next level?
NE 5How much longer will Tom Brady still be effective?
4When will TE Gronk be healthy & can he survive a complete season?
3Will the D be as effective in the playoffs with the loss of Ryan, Sheard & Long?
2Will the O additions be enough to keep NE at the top of the AFC?
1Will a rush-by-committee be enough to earn one more title?
NJ 5Will the addition of LT Beachum & move of Ijalana to RT help the O?
4Can the D survive the losses despite additions of Claiborne, Martin & Lemonier?
3Who will play QB this year McCown?
2Are the Jets tanking to get their QB in the 2018 draft?
1Can NJ beat out SF for the 1st pick in the draft?

 

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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NNR Projected wins for the AFC

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AFC EastAFC WestDIVNFCAFCEXTOT
 NFC South     
NE w9@PT HO633113
BF w6@CN IN32207
MI w11@BA TN21115
NJ w11@CL JK10113
  12673 
AFC NorthAFC South     
NFC NorthDIVNFCAFCEXTOT
PT w9@KC NE533112
CN w6@DV BF32319
BA w10@OK MI323210
CL w9@LC NJ11013
  12895 
       
AFC SouthAFC North     
 NFC WestDIVNFCAFCEXTOT
HO w7@NE KC42208
IN w11@BF DV422210
TN w8@MI OK32218
JK w8@NJ SD11114
 12774 
       
AFC WestAFC East     
 NFC EastDIVNFCAFCEXTOT
KC w10@HO PT423211
OK w10@TN BA533213
DV w5@IN CN31217
LC w9@JK CL00112
  12696

DIV wins within their division

NFC wins vs the NFC Division they play

AFC wins vs the AFC Division they play

EX wins vs the extra games listed next to the team name.

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

 

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits .  

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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