In second half, divisional battles take center stage
Don't expect any Super Bowl previews in the second half, because marquee division games dominate the rest of the schedule, writes John Clayton.
Figuring out the best games for the second half of the season isn't easy. The balance in the league -- many call it parity -- has minimized a lot of the marquee nondivision matchups. Except for the Tennessee Titans, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, there aren't any great teams. The preseason big three -- the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts -- have a combined .500 record.
The dominating 8-0 start by the Titans has taken all the ...
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NFL MIDSEASON REPORT
The season is far from over, but John Clayton's early grades are in. The champs are passing with high honors while Oakland and Cincinnati are failing (again).
AFC SOUTH: Houston: C | Indianapolis: C
Jacksonville: D | Tennessee: A+ | Video
AFC NORTH: Baltimore: B+ | Cincinnati: F
Cleveland: D | Pittsburgh: B | Video
AFC EAST: Buffalo: B | Miami: B+
New England: B | NY Jets: B | Video
AFC WEST: Denver: B- | Kansas City: C
Oakland: F | San Diego: C- | Video
NFC EAST: Dallas: D | NY Giants: A+
Philadelphia: B- | Washington: B | Video
NFC NORTH: Chicago: B | Detroit: F
Green Bay: C | Minnesota: C | Video
NFC SOUTH: Atlanta: A | Carolina: A-
New Orleans: C | Tampa Bay: B+ | Video
NFC WEST: Arizona: B+ | San Francisco: D
St. Louis: D | Seattle: D | Video
Kevin Seifert: NFC North
All who thought before the season that Bears QB Kyle Orton would be our midseason division MVP please raise your hands. Blog post
Mike Sando: NFC West
In a division with a lot of weaklings, it's no shock the Cardinals are grabbing most of the kudos. Blog post
Matt Mosley: NFC East
Yup, they were rocked by the Steelers on MNF, but the Z man in Washington earns a "Middie" for best coach.
Pat Yasinskas: NFC South
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James Walker: AFC North
Steelers LBs LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison are having stellar seasons, but a Baltimore linebacker is best on D so far. Blog post
Bill Williamson: AFC West
Face it, the AFC West stinks. But there's a certain former coach who gets an honor. Blog post
Tim Graham: AFC East
Some knock New England QB Matt Cassel. I think he's the most underrated player. Blog post
Paul Kuharsky: AFC South
The best player on the best team deserves to be midseason MVP. Hello, Albert Haynesworth! Blog post
Scouts Inc. All-Pro teams
Drew Brees proves once again that you don't need ideal size to excel at QB. He heads our Midseason All-Pro team offense. Offense | Defense