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 South lineup Grades

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My line up grades for the NFL AFC South teams for the 2018 season. You need to keep these grades close by when you select your teams for the coming year.

Texans

Texans

AFC South
Texans
QB Deshaun Watson
If Watson can survive the season, he will be fine. A-
RB Lamar Miller
Miller was horrible last yr with 21y his longest run. D
WR DeAndre Hopkins & Will Fuller V & Braxton Miller
Hopkins is outstanding. Watson deserves better from Fuller & Miller B
TE Stephen Anderson
Anderson is barely OK. C
OL lt Julie’n Davenport lg Zach Fulton c Nick Martin rg Senio Kelemete rt Seantrel Henderson
Watson deserves better in the OL than this group. Henderson was 3rd string in BF. D
DL Le J.J. Watt nt D.J. Reader re Joel Heath
Watt was hurt most of 17, putting pressure on Clowney. Rest are nothing special. C
lb slb Whitney Mercilus lilb Zach Cunningham rilb Benardrick McKinney wlb Jadeveon Clowney
Mercilus was hurt but Clowney is outstanding. B
DB lc Johnathan Joseph rc Aaron Colvin fs Kareem Jackson ss Tyrann Mathieu FA
Signing Mathieu helped but Watson needs to score a lot of points to keep HO in the game.
Colts
QB Andrew Luck or Jacoby Brissett
No luck in Indy last year. Brissett was decent. B with Luck C without him.
RB Marlon Mack
Mack is not good & runs behind a bad OL. D
WR T.Y. Hilton & Ryan Grant
Hilton is fine, Grant not so much. C
TE Eric Ebron FA & Jack Doyle FA
Both are solid and can catch. B
OL lt Anthony Castonzo lg Quenton Nelson R c Ryan Kelly R rg Braden Smith R rt Austin Howard FA
The rebuilt OL can’t be worse. D
DL le Denico Autry FA lt Grover Stewart rt Al Woods re Jabaal Sheard
Jabaal Sheard is fine the rest is not good. D
lb slb John Simon mlb Antonio Morrison wlb Najee Goode
Morrison is the best of this group. Rest are not good. D
DB lc Quincy Wilson rc Kenny Moore fs Malik Hooker ss Matthias Farley
All are green but Matthias Farley is the best here. C-
Jaguars
QB Blake Bortles
Bortles is at best middle of the road. C
RB Leonard Fournette
He is top 10 RB. A
WR Marqise Lee & D.J. Chark R & Donte Moncrief FA
Is this grp holding Bortles back or is this grp the problem? D
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Young and rising. C+
OL lt Cam Robinson lg Andrew Norwell FA c Brandon Linder rg A.J. Cann rt Jermey Parnell
Norwell helped but the OL still below average. C-
DL le Yannick Ngakoue lt Marcell Dareus rt Malik Jackson re Calais Campbell
Rebuilt DL is better. B+
lb slb Myles Jack mlb Blair Brown wlb Telvin Smith
Jack & Smith are as good as any OLB. Brown not so much. A-
DB lc A.J. Bouye rc Jalen Ramsey fs Tashaun Gipson ss Barry Church
2 probowlers & 2 guys B+
Titans
QB Marcus Mariota
He had a down year last season but played well in the playoffs. C-
RB Derrick Henry & Dion Lewis (rec)
Lewis is too small to be a 25 carry a game back. Henry must carry the load. C
WR Rishard Matthews & Corey Davis &Taywan Taylor
Matthews is OK but the rest are not good.
TE Delanie Walker
He is a top 5 TE. A
OL lt Taylor Lewan lg Quinton Spain c Ben Jones rg Josh Kline rt Jack Conklin J
OL was better last year, after a shaky year in 16.  B-
DL le DaQuan Jones nt Bennie Logan FA re Jurrell Casey
Casey is fine the rest are not good. B-
lb lob Derrick Morgan lib Wesley Woodyard rib Rashaan Evans R rolb Brian Orakpo
Woodyard is outstanding. Rest are OK at best B-
DB lc Logan Ryan rc Malcolm Butler fs Kevin Byard ss Johnathan Cyprien
Byard is OK the rest need to prove themselves C
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Top 5 Questions facing AFC South Teams

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HO 5 Can the pass D hold up to get the Texans deep into the playoffs?
4 Will Jadeveon Clowney provide the pass rush opposite Watts?
3 Will WR Will Fuller take pressure off WR Hopkins?
2 Can the Run game become a force without a QB?
1 Who will play QB this year?
IN 5 Can the run D ever stop anyone?
They added DT Hankins, DE Sheard, DT Woods, OLB Simon.
4 Can Indy build a run game to take pressure off Luck?
Will Frank Gore continue to run like Al Gore?
3 Will the D backfield improve enough to get IN back to the playoffs?
2 Can the improved O line protect QB Luck 44 sacks last year?
1 Can QB Luck stay healthy all year? Concussions & surg on shoulder kept him out.
When will he be ready to play after surg on throwing shoulder?
JK 5 Is this the year that JK finally improves? Many said last year but it was not.
4 Can the additions on D improve the performance?
They added CB Bouye, DE Campbell, SS Church, & ILB Cole & OLB McCray
3 Will RB Chris Ivory finally provide a run game?
2 Can the rebuild O line protect Bortles better than last year?
1 Is QB Blake Bortles the QB of the future or will they draft a new guy next year?
TN 5 Can DeMarco Murray get 1000 yrs behind a reshuffled O line?
4
What impact will DC Dick LeBeau & O line coach Russ Grimm have this year?
3 Can TN improve the pass D adding CB Ryan, SS Cyprien, & SS Trawick?
2 Can TN find anyone that can catch besides Matthews?
1 Will Mariota become the QB TN hoped he would be?

 

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NFL Coaches on the hot seat in 2017

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Coaches on the hot seat in 2017

 

1 Jets Cuts of all the vets won’t help the win totals and cost the coaches their jobs.
 

2

Browns After a 1-15 season, they better get at least 6 wins to keep their jobs
 

3

Bears After a 3 win season, they better get at least 6 games or Fox & company are gone
 

4

Colts Bad ownership & GM will cost HC Chuck Pagano his job.  Part of the blame is on him and his staff.
 

5

Bengals had better get to the playoffs & win a game or Marvin Lewis cpuld be history
 

6

Panthers need to get control of QB Cam Newton or Rivera may be history.
 

7

Jags better get more than 3 wins or Bye Bye. Doug Marrone has failed before could fail again.
 

8

LA Chargers Moves are always hard. GM has not done the Coaches any favors.
 

9

The Vikes may have to get back in the playoffs or Mike Zimmer could be in trouble. Injuries have plauged the Vikes
 

10

Ravens HC John Harbaugh is not in serious trouble but OC Marty Morinwheg is not helping him. Playoffs or MM is out

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NNR Projected wins for the AFC

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AFC East AFC West DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
  NFC South          
NE w9 @PT HO 6 3 3 1 13
BF w6 @CN IN 3 2 2 0 7
MI w11 @BA TN 2 1 1 1 5
NJ w11 @CL JK 1 0 1 1 3
    12 6 7 3  
AFC North AFC South          
NFC North DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
PT w9 @KC NE 5 3 3 1 12
CN w6 @DV BF 3 2 3 1 9
BA w10 @OK MI 3 2 3 2 10
CL w9 @LC NJ 1 1 0 1 3
    12 8 9 5  
             
AFC South AFC North          
  NFC West DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
HO w7 @NE KC 4 2 2 0 8
IN w11 @BF DV 4 2 2 2 10
TN w8 @MI OK 3 2 2 1 8
JK w8 @NJ SD 1 1 1 1 4
  12 7 7 4  
             
AFC West AFC East          
  NFC East DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
KC w10 @HO PT 4 2 3 2 11
OK w10 @TN BA 5 3 3 2 13
DV w5 @IN CN 3 1 2 1 7
LC w9 @JK CL 0 0 1 1 2
    12 6 9 6

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.

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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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