We are Halfway Through the Regular Season in the NFL and It is Time for a Quick Recap.

AFC East

AFC East Standings (after 8 games)

AFC East Standings (after 8 games)

The New England Patriots are 6-2 at the moment and after an uncertain start they have improved their defense and have the best chances to win the division (as expected). The Buffalo Bills have 5 wins and 2 losses, which is quite a surprise. Their start to the season has been amazing, with the team winning all 5 games at home. The Bills showed good attacking plays and a good defense too and they will need a very good second part of the season for the wild card as their calendar is very tough. The Miami Dolphins currently sit at 4 wins and 3 losses; they alternated good and bad performances. They are still running for the wild card, which to be honest seems difficult to achieve even is their starting quarterback, Tannehill, could come back soon. Ayayi (running back) is confirming his high level. The New York Jets (3-5) are doing better than initially expected: they have played close matches against all their opponents thanks to McCown’s good performances (their quarterback). A wild card spot is almost impossible though.

AFC North

AFC North Standings (after 8 games)

AFC North Standings (after 8 games)

The Pittsburg Steelers’ record is 6-2 and the team is on the right track to win the division without struggling too much. Bell (running back) and Brown (wide receiver) delivered good performances. The Baltimore Ravens are second and, with a record of 4-4 and too many ups and downs, they will need to improve to fight for a wild card spot which at the moment looks difficult to achieve. The Cincinnati Bengals, which are currently 3-4 are below expectations; we thought that their offense was going to be much better than what they have showed so far. A playoff spot seems difficult to image. The Cleveland Browns are 0-8, their season is over despite the fact that they have been a contender in most of the games they played but haven’t managed to win any.

AFC South

AFC South Standings (after 8 games)

AFC South Standings (after 8 games)

A very tough division: The Tennessee Titans’ record is 4-3 and the team is based on the quarterback’s (Mariota) performances; he is the key to a playoff spot. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 4-3 as well, they have been playing better than expected especially their defense, while their offense has always been very good. Bortles (quarterback), has played very well so far. The Houston Texans, which are currently 3-4, could have been considered the favorite to win the division, but with the recent injury of their starting quarterback Watson (out for the rest of the season) are now in troubles. Savage, their backup quarterback that was a starter at the beginning of the season, did not play well. Also, their defense, which was the best last season, is now ranked 18th in the league. The Indianapolis Colts are 2-6. The team is struggling a lot with the long-forced absence of Luck which will be out for the rest of the season. A comeback in the division looks impossible, their season is basically over.

AFC West

AFC West Standings (after 8 games)

AFC West Standings (after 8 games)

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) are off of a great start. The team has managed to continue on last season’s right track with a strong offense and a solid defense; they have good chances of winning the division. The Denver Broncos (3-4) starting well but they seem to have lost their game in the last 3 weeks. The Broncos need to bounce back quickly if they want to fight for the division and for the wild card. The Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) started in the worst possible way with 4 straight losses in the first 4 games but they seem to have improved a lot especially when it comes to their defense. A playoff spot still looks extremely difficult to reach. The Oakland Raiders are a big disappointment. Their record is 3 wins and 5 losses, their defense is awful and their offense is well below expectations. Their season is basically almost over after 8 games.

NFC East

NFC East Standings (after 8 games)

NFC East Standings (after 8 games)

The Philadelphia Eagles are flying. Their record (7-1) is the best in the league and thanks to their quarterback Wentz and their running back Sproles, together with a very solid defense, they have proved to be the best team in the leasgue so far. They will need to be consistent in the second part of the regular season too. The Dallas Cowboys are 4-3 and below expectations, especially considering what they did last season. They are improving but it is not easy to keep up with Philadelphia’s pace; the division is still open though. Last minute, very bad news for Dallas is that Elliott got suspended for 6 games, this means that the Cowboys’ rushing game won’t be as effective from now on; rushes that are Dallas’ first offensive resource. The Washington Redskins are currently sitting on a 3.4 record; the team is not particularly bad but they have made too many mistakes and a wild card spot seems very difficult to reach. The New York Giants are another huge disappointment of this NFL season. They were thought to be a contender for the final victory but their record is now 1-6 and, also because of many injuries (especially Beckham, they best wide receiver), the season is in fact over for them.

NFC North

NFC North Standings (after 8 games)

NFC North Standings (after 8 games)

The Minnesota Vikings, with a record of 6-2, are quite the surprise doing incredibily well if we consider that they are starting their quarterback number 3, Keenum. Strong defense and a good chance to win the division for them. The Green Bay Packers (4-3) are having a tough and unlucky season given that their star quarterback Rodgers will be out for the rest of the games. They switched to more running plays as their backup quarterback Hundley does not seem reliable at this level and there are counting on their solid defense to make it to the (unlikely) playoffs. The Detroit Lions, currently sitting on a 3-4 record, are having the season that we expected: full of ups (great plays) and downs; this is not enough to raise the overall level and fight for a playoff spot. The Chicago Bears, 3 wins and 5 losses, are coming back after a poor start and has chances to fight for the division as they are improving week after week.

NFC South

NFC South Standings (after 8 games)

NFC South Standings (after 8 games)

The New Orleans Saints, after opening the regular season with 2 losses, are now 5-2. The found their best defense and they can always count on their offense, that is one of the best in the league. One of the hottest teams in the league right now, they have good chances of winning the division, which is one of the tightest. The Carolina Panthers are 5-3: great defense but they are paying for their quarterback’s (Newton) mistakes. Newton is also the key to reduce errors and with players recovering from injuries they can hope to make it to the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons (4-3): not the same team that made it to the Super Bowl last year, they are really struggling and they have also been lucky in defeating some lower level teams. A chance of approach is required to secure the playoffs, which right now look extremely far. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a record of 2 wins and 5 losses which basically means that their season is over. They need a miracle to make it to the wild card.

NFC West

NFC West Standings (after 8 games)

NFC West Standings (after 8 games)

The Seattle Seahawks did not start well but have now a 5-2 record as they have improved in the last weeks as their offense started to work just fine. Their defense is still not up to the expected level and the battle with the Rams for the division title is tight. The Los Angeles Rams (5-2) are possibly the biggest surprise of the season: they are fun to watch and their offense, led by the quarterback’s Goff great performances, is strong. If they can improve defensively, they can because a real danger. The Rams will fight with the Seahawks for the division title but they have great chances to get a wild card. The Arizona Cardinals are having a very tough season with their number 1 quarterback Palmer out it looks like their season has already come to an end, it would be a big surprise if they manage to clinch a playoff spot. The San Francisco 49ers are 0-8 in the season, which is basically over already. Extremely week offense and defense, still trying to get their first win but, in fact, they are already thinking about the next season.

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