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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

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.

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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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NFL Week 8 results

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DVDC Wade Phillips was hurt by a player running into him. Went to the Hospital but was OK & released.
CRQB Cam Newton is complaining to the NFL about not getting late hit calls.  Good luck with that!
SEDE Michael Bennett will get surgery for a cartilage issue & will miss 2-3 wks
KCQB Smith is in concussion prototcol after taking 2 hits to the head.
KCrb Spencer Ware is in concussion protocol.
KCRB Jamaal Charles will go to a knee specialist to get his knee checked.
DACB Claiborn sports hernia & S Church broken arm.
AZS Ty Mathieu shoulder injury MRI today & LT Veldheer needs surgery Tricep
NFLWR Andre Johnson retires after 14 seasons in the NFL.
WA24 CN24WA missed a 34y FG in the last 2 min to send the game into OT.
4-3-1  3-4-1RV Dalton lost a fumble in OT but Cousins couldn’t get into scoring position
Dalton 27/42 284 11 FL Hill 20/76 TD Bernard 11/52 TD Green 9c 121  Eifert 9c 102 TD
Cousins 38/56 458 21 Kelley 21/7 TD Crowder 9c 107 TD  Reed 9c 99 TD
NE41 BF25Brady & Pats served the BF crowd buffalo meat as they sliced up the Bill D.
7-1      4-4BF D looked confused and got very little pressure on Brady.
NE Brady 22/33 315 40 Blount 18/43 TD Gronk 5c 109 TD
BF Taylor 19/38 183 00 5r 48 TD Gilislee 12/85 TD Powell 3c 59y
AZ20 CR30LB Davis returned a fumble 46 y for a TD & RB Stewart scored 2 TDs to lead CR over AZ.
3-4-1  2-5CR D sacked Palmer 8 times & shut down AZ run game. Despite the pressure Palmer threw for 363y.
CR Newton 14/27 212 00 Stewart 25/95 2TDs Gomm 5c 53
AZ Palmer 35/46 363 31 Johnson 10/24 7c 84y
DT13 HO20Osweiler took advantage of a bad DT Pass D to lead HO to a win.
4-4     5-3HO Osweiler 20/29 186 11 Miller 17/56 TD Hopkins 4c 44
DT Stafford 27/41 240 10 Riddick 11/56 Ebron 7c 79y
KC30 IN14KC QB Smith got the win but Nick Foles replaced him for the save.
4-2  3-4Smith was checked twice & the second time benched for a potential concussion. Foles has the better arm.
KC Smith 9/19 127 10 Foles 16/22 223 20 West 14/52 Kelce 7c 101 TD
IN Luck 19/35 210 21 9r 60y Moncrief 4c 41y TD
SE20 NO25S Thomas scored on a fumble recovery to start the scoring by SE
4-2-1 3-4Brees was outstanding & took advantage of an injured SE D backfield.
NO Brees 27/35 265 10 Rush TD Hightower 26/102 Thomas 6c 63y
SE Wilson 22/34 253 01 Michael 10/40 TD Prosise 4c 80y
OK30 TB24OK set an NFL record for accepted (23) penalties but overcame that to win the game. 5th road win for OK.
6-2 3-4OK scored the wining TD pass Carr to Roberts 41y with 1:36 left in the OT period
OTOK Carr 40/59 513 40 Murray 11/48 Cooper 12c 173 TD
TB Winston 16/32 180 20 Rodgers 19/69 TD Humphries 3c 58y
DV27 SD19Rivers should sue SD O line for lack of support. 4 sacks & a ton of hits beat him up.
6-2  3-5SD couldn’t get an extra point. It was blocked by KC
Seiemian 20/38 276 01 Booker 19/54 TD Thomas 5c 79y
Rivers 20/47 267 23 Gordon 23/111 Inman 4c 72y
GB32 AT33This was the most offensive (in a good way) game of the day.
4-3  5-3AT took the lead for the last time with 31 sec left.  Rodgers tried to rally GB but failed on a 4th down throw.
AT Ryan 28/35 288 30 Ward 6/46 Freeman 11/35 TD Sanu 9c 84y TD
GB Rodgers 28/38 246 40 6r 60y Adams 12c 74y
PH23 DA29Former HC of DT Jim Schwartz has made a HUGE difference on PH D.  It is very solid.
4-3  6-1PH fell behind 0-10 but then took a 20-10 lead by QB Wentz.
OTDA tied the game at 23 with a late TD which was set up by a fumble by Smallwood deep in PH territory.
In OT, DA won the toss & drove the length of the field for a TD to Whitten.
DA Prescott 19/39 297 21 RTD  Elliott 22/96 Bryant 4c 113y TD
PH Wentz 32/43 202 10 Sporles 16/86 J Matthews 11c 65y TD
MN10  CH20The Bears controlled the ball and the game.  MN D wore down in the 2nd half.
5-2          2-6Cutler looked very accurate.  It seemed like the MN O didn’t want to play.  They were slow & uninterested.
MN is not going anywhere unless they can protect Bradford. He was harrassed by a weak pass rush.
Ian Rapport reports HC Fox & his staff are  on the hot seat in Chicago.
NJ31 CL28It was the best of times (1st half).  It was the worst of times (2nd half).
3-5       0-8Exhibit A the ball goes off RB Johnson hands to NJ defender, That gave NJ the FG for the winning points.
Fitzpatrick 16/34 228 10 Forte 25/82 2TDs Enunwa 4c 93y TD
McCown 25/49 341 22 Cromwell 11/29 TD Pryor 6c 101y
CL ONobody but Pryor & Barnidge can catch the ball.
Good 1st drive. Nice to get out front for a change. 3rd & 10  throw 2 Pryor was the key.
Way too many 3rd and long for #Browns.
Pryor is becoming a #1 WR.
3rd & 10 throw for 4 yards will not get the 1st.  McCown predetermined the throw. On his left were 2 rec wide open.
McCown is still using pre-snap read to decide where to go with the ball.  Hawkins was doubled but McC threw it anyway.
Browns, Way too little & way too late.
CL DDavis & company played the run wide well -3
Taylor 3 PD.
Browns have never figured out how to stop the run on the edge. 35y TD run by Powell.
Memo TO #Browns. Man D works better if the S stays in the middle of the field.
Pryor was beating Revis but Marshall beating Haden worse.
Browns D is mailing it in from nowhere special.  Have to fix the D. 20-7 lead gone to 28-20 deficite
coachingYour 0-7 and have a 3rd & 2.  Go for it.  All that can happen is you will lose another game.  #Browns
What is with the wholesale changes in personell. Cost 5 yards for 12 men on the field.
Browns were doing well in man so why change to zone in the 2nd half?
WAY too many drops by WRs.
CL did not make adjustments NJ did on O and D.  How many times have I said that?
ThoughtsThe O is MUCH better with McCown than RG3 or Kessler. 50% on 3rd down conversions.
The D gets warn out.  On the field for 20 min in 2nd half.  Rookies have hit the wall.
Tackling is HORRIBLE.  4 missed tackles on Enunwa’s TD.
We are not seeing the improvement I expected by the young players.
Kessler is NOT the QB 4 the future. Heart of a lion, Mind of a coach & the Arm of a chicken.

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