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NFC Half Season grades

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Here are my NFC Half Season grades.

Dallas Cowboys

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NFC East

Washington Good run gm but not much else. A very soft schedule has given them 5 wins B-

Philadelphia This is not where the Eagles expected to be. 4 losses have put this team in a must win.B-

Dallas Offense is way down this year & Defense has not been good for a long time. D

New York Giants Defense is actually better than the Offense. Coaching staff it the problem. D-

NFC North

Chicago Trubisky is playing better than last yr & the defense is outstanding. B+

Minnesota Keenum is fine but the Offense is down from last yr. So is the defense. B+

Green Bay Rodgers is great but no run gm, OL & do defense. C

Detroit Last place in a very strong division. Have Stafford and little else. C

NFC South

New Orleans Brees is outstanding but run gm that was so good last yr is down. Defense is down well. A-

Carolina Newton is better this season. Run gm is fine but Defense is giving up pass yds. B+

Atlanta Ryan is the O. Good thing he scores a lot because Defense gives up points in bunches B

Tampa Bay TB is #1 in passing but that is Fitzpatrick more than Winston. The Defense is horrible. D

NFC West

LA Rams Team is 8&0. Both Offense and Defense are really good. A

Seattle Wilson is the offense & the defense is developing nicely.

Arizona This team is a total disaster on Offense. Defense is playing better than last yr. D

San Francisco is REALLY hurt but will be fine next year when everyone is back. C+

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NFC Playoff predictions

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And you thought your NFL NFC team had a chance to get to the playoffs this year? You are probably wrong. Here are my NFC Playoff predictions.

Dallas Cowboys

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NO CHANCE
NFC East
NGReally hard to predict this team but they won’t make the playoffs.
WAQB Smith has less to work with than he did in KC.
NFC North
DTAll Stafford has is his arm. No OL, no WRS and a bad D.
CHHeading in the right direction but not sure if they have the right QB
NFC South
CRCam is a question mark but the D is fine. That is not enough to get them into the playoffs
TBJameis Winston starts the season with a 3-game suspension in the worst part of the schedule for TB and the D is not good enough to rescue the O.
NFC West
AZThey find out how much they miss Mathieu and fail to make the playoffs.
Teams that are in the playoffs
PHThe D will keep PH in the race no matter who is QB
MNKirk Cousins has much better targets than in WA. He and the D will get it done.
NOBrees and an improving D get NO back into the playoffs
On the bubble
LRCould make it but needed DT Aaron Donald to sign but traded DE Quinn because they had no idea how to use him.
Needs some help
DAThe O is fine. If the D comes around and develops a pass rush DA could make it to the playoffs
GBIf the OL can keep Rodgers healthy and D figures out how to cover WRS & TES
ATRyan can score a lot of points but can the D stop anyone? If they can AT can get in.
Very little hope
SEWilson is wonderful but he can’t play D. Legion of book is dead. So is the D.
SFGaroppolo gives SF fans some hope but the D needs to be better to make the playoffs
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NFC North Starting lineup grades

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For everyone asking for NFC North starting lineup grades, here you are. Hope you have time to get ready for opening weekend.

Chicago Bears

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NFC North
Bears
QBMitch Trubisky
I am not sure Mitch is the right guy but he is all they have C
RBJordan Howard
Howard is solid but this group is deep with quality A-
WRAllen Robinson & Taylor Gabriel & Anthony Miller
Robinson is FA from JK. He & Gabriel will start. White is a bust & may get cut. Miller & Fowler will stay. B
TETrey Burton
Miller is out so Burton will start C
OLlt Charles Leno lg James Daniels c Cody Whitehair rg Kyle Long rt Bobby Massie
Right side is OK left not so much. C
DLle Jonathan Bullard nt Eddie Goldman re Akiem Hicks
Hicks is solid rest are not D
LBlolb Khalil Mack lilb Danny Trevathan rilb Nick Kwiatkoski rolb Leonard Floyd
Group is solid and will be better with Mack and when Roquan Smith gets in B+
DBlc Prince Amukamara rc Kyle Fuller fs Eddie Jackson ss Adrian Amos
This is the strength of the D and will get better with Amukamara healthy B+
Lions
QBMatthew Stafford
Top 5 and has a RB now. A-
RBLeGarrette Blount
2 time NFL Champ that can hit the middle of the D. B+
WR Marvin Jones & Golden Tate
This group is outstanding. Tate FA from SE. A-
TELuke Willson & Michael Roberts
Wilson can catch Roberts is the blocker B-
OLlt Taylor Decker lg Frank Ragnow c Graham Glasgow rg T.J. Lang rt Ricky Wagner
Group is green as baby peas but has potential C-
DLle Anthony Zettel lt A’Shawn Robinson rt Sylvester Williams re Ezekiel Ansah
Ansah is find the rest are not D
LBSolb Devon Kennard ml Jarrad Davis wolb Jalen Reeves-Maybin
Davis & Reeves-Maybin are young & have potential. Kennard is OK C-
DBlc Darius Slay rc Teez Tabor fs Glover Quin ss Quandre Diggs
Tabor is the weak link otherwise OK B-
Packers
QBAaron Rodgers
If the OL can keep him healthy he is fine A-
RBJamaal Williams
He is OK but needs better blocking by the OL C
WRDavante Adams & Randall Cobb & Geronimo Allison
2/3 of the group are fine Allison is the problem B-
TEJimmy Graham
SE Loss is GB Gain B+
OLlt David Bakhtiari lg Lane Taylor c Corey Linsley rg Justin McCray rt Bryan Bulaga
lt Bakhtiari is solid rest not so much C-
DLle Muhammad Wilkerson nt Kenny Clark re Mike Daniels
re Daniels is decent. FA Wilkerson may help vs run. C-
LBlolb Clay Matthews lilb Blake Martinez rilb Oren Burks rolb Nick Perry
Matthews is fine if healthy. Martinez stops the run. Rest are average B-
DBlc Jaire Alexander rc Tramon Williams fs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ss Josh Jones
Corners are weak but HaHa & Jones are OK. C
Vikings
QBKirk Cousins
Risked everything to bring in Cousins after getting to the NFC Champ game last year C
RBDalvin Cook
Cook was hurt most of last year. Should be fine this season. B
WRAdam Thielen & Stefon Diggs
Cousins has never has this good a group of WR A-
TEKyle Rudolph
Solid A-
OLlt Riley Reiff lg Tom Compton c Pat Elflein rg Aviante Collins rt Mike Remmers
OL is very over rated C
DLle Danielle Hunter lt Linval Joseph rt Sheldon Richardson re Everson Griffen
Griffen is solid rest is not. Depth will help. B
LBsolb Anthony Barr mlb Eric Kendricks wolb Ben Gedeon
Barr & Kendricks are solid, Gedeon is a project B+
DBlc Xavier Rhodes rc Trae Waynes fs Harrison Smith ss Andrew Sendejo
Rhodes & Smith are all pros Rest are OK. A-
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Top 5 Questions facing NFC North teams.

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Bears
Can the new coaching staff headed by HC Matt Nagy turn the team around?
5 Can CH find a TE that can be an effective safety valve for Trubisky.
4 Can the D play as well this year as they did last year?
3 Will the rebuilt WR group be better this year with Allen Robinson & Taylor Gabriel?
2 CH depended on the run a lot. Is RB Jordan Howard the real deal or just a 1 year wonder?
1 Will Q Mitchell Trubisky be allowed to throw down field more this season?
 
Lions
5 Will DT find a TE since they cut Ebron?
4 Can the D play as well this year as they did last year?
3 Can RB LeGarrette Blount get a run gm going that has been dormant for years?
2 Can anyone get the OL going to protect Stafford & help the run game going?
1 Can OC Jim Bob Cooter keep Matt Stafford playing as well as he did in 17?
 
Packers
GB had a bad season last year when Rodgers went down with an injury.
5 Can GB figure out how to use TE Jimmy Graham because SE never did?
4 Will the OL be able to protect Rodgers & help the run game?
3 The 3-4 is not working. Can the back 8 of the D start to produce?
2 Will the WR group survive the loss of Rodgers’ favorite WR Nelson?
1 With Aaron Rodgers back, can GB get to the playoffs again?
 
Vikings
MN took a HUGE risk in signing Q Curt Cousins to a fully guaranteed 84M contract.
5 Will the rebuilt DL play as well as it did last season?
4 Will the WR group be helped by the addition of Kendall Wright?
3 Will the rebuilt OL protect Cousins & keep the run game going?
2 Can the run game equal the way they played last year?
1 Can Curt Cousins get MN to a SB?

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NFC North
CH 5Can Fox rebuild a bad O line to help the O?
4Can CH make a good WR group out of White, Wilson, Wheaton & Victor Cruz?
3Can CH find a run game with Howard et. Al?
2Can HC Fox fix the D to get into the playoffs?
1Can HC Fox find a QB that can keep him from being fired? When will Mitchell Trubisky be ready to start?
DT 5Can DT Fix D line? Lots of below average players.
4Can WR corps survive with additions of Keshawn Martin & T.J. Jones?
3Did DT fix a poor O line by signing OT Greg Robinson, Cornelius Lucas & G T.J. Lang?
2Can DT find a run game? Riddick had just 357y & can’t stay healthy.
1QB Stafford turn the corner (24TD 10picks) Can he keep it up this year?
GB 5Will OLB Mathews finally get help with the pass rush?
4Can DC Dom Capers fix a D backfield that got smoked in the playoffs? CB Davon House enough?
3Will the WR group stay healthy?
2Can GB figure out how to use 2 FA TEs & a draft pick? How many catches will Martellus Bennett get?
1RB Lacy is gone. Will GB O have any run game with Ty Montgomery 457y 3TDS?
MN 5Can the D Backfield hold up in the NFC North vs Rodgers & Stafford?
4Can the run D continue to improve like it did through the season last year?
3Can OL coach Zimmer find an O line combination that works by adding C Don Barclay G Jahri Evans?
2Can QB Bradford continue to grow in the MN O?
1Will MN have any kind of run game? Is RB Dalvin Cook big enough to carry 30 times?

NFC Win projections from NNR podcast

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NFC EASTAFC West     
NFC WestDNAET
DA W6@AT GB433111
WA W5@NO MN22217
NY W8@TB DT422210
PH W10@CR CH22228
  12996 
NFC NorthAFC North     
 NFC SouthDNAET
GB W8@DA SE543113
MN W9@WA LR 422210
DT W7@NG AZ31105
CH W9@PH SF01113
  12874 
NFC SouthAFC East     
 NFC NorthDNAET
AT W5@SE DA433010
CR W11@AZ PH32218
NO W5@LR WA32229
TB W11@SF NG21216
  12894 
NFC WestAFC South     
 NFC EastDNAET
SE W6@GB AT434112
AZ W8@DT TB423211
LR W8@MN NO22206
SF W11@CH CR10001

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