nfl mid-season +2 report

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After 10 games, we have compiled our mid-season plus two report...

At this point of the season, the Green Bay still exhibit their dominance since winning the 2011 Superbowl and the only undefeated team (10-0). As most people would suspect, Aaron Rodgers is leading the way for them. The NFC has a handful of contenders, and quite a few pretenders. The first half had a lot of excitement and lets take a look at the midseason report from the NFC.

Most Surprising Story- San Francisco 49ers (9-1): All of a sudden the 49ers are a contender in the NFC. First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh has miraculously turned this team around. The defense is solid, and the offense is efficient with Alex Smith at quarterback and Frank Gore carrying the load on the ground. They can clinch the division by Week 12 or 13.


Most Disappointing Story- Philadelphia Eagles (4-6): This was supposed to be one of the best teams in the league, however they have struggled so far this season. The only bright spots of this season are their win against Dallas in Week 8, and running back LeSean McCoy, who leads the league in rushing with 825 yards and nine touchdowns.

Another disappointing story is the New York Jets... never would have thought they would be .500 through 10 games.

Runners-Up: St. Louis Rams (2-8); Josh Freeman, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC Offensive Player of the Year- Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers (2,619 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, three interceptions): Rodgers currently has the Packers sitting undefeated and on the fast track to another appearance in the Super Bowl. Rodgers has eight more games to go, so who knows what his numbers will look like at the end of the season. I expect 4000 yards passing and 30-35 touchdown passes.

Runners-Up: Drew Brees, QB New Orleans Saints; Calvin Johnson, WR Detroit Lions

AFC Offensive Player of the Year-TOM BRADY -- New England Patriots (20 touchdown passes, 10 interceptions, 2,703 passing yards, 66% completion rate, 16 sacks, QB rating of 100.00). In the midst of another solid year despite working with a defense that has issues. If Coach Belichick can figure a way to solidify his defense in the second half---look for Brady to lead the Pats deep into the playoffs. If not, they may have trouble reaching the post-season in the competitive AFC East.

Runners-Up: Fred Jackson, RB Buffalo Bills; Mike Wallace, WR Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC Defensive Player of the Year- DeMarcus Ware (12.0 sacks, 34 tackles, two forced fumbles): DeMarcus Ware is the anchor the Dallas defense, and produces big numbers every year. Expect his numbers to only get better as the season progresses.


Runners-Up: Brian Urlacher, LB Chicago Bears; Ndamukong Suh DE Detroit Lions; Jared Allen, DE Minnesota Vikings

AFC Defensive Player of the Year: HALOTI NGATA DE Baltimore Ravens (21 solo tackles, nine assisted tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one touchdown). Eats up blockers---allowing the second and third tier defenders to consistently make plays. Ngata is also a very productive player in his own right.

Runners-Up: Johnathan Joseph, DE Houston Texans; Troy Polamalu S Pittsburgh Steelers; Ed Reed S Baltimore Ravens

Special Teams Player of the Year: Hands down Bears Devin Hester. He has fantastic vision, break-away speed, that is second to none.

Comeback Player of the Year- Steve Smith, WR Carolina Panthers (46 receptions, 918 receiving yards, four touchdowns, 114.8 yards per game): One moment Smith wanted out of town, and now he leads the league in receiving yards. The surprise emergence of Cam Newton has Smith back on his game. The speedy receiver is the person Carolina needed to get going, and he certainly did that.

Runners-Up: Frank Gore, RB San Francisco 49ers

Rookie of the Year- Cam Newton, QB Carolina Panthers (2,319 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, nine interceptions, 319 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns): This is easily the most obvious choice. Cam Newton burst onto the scene with a huge first game against the Arizona Cardinals. Newton has continued to perform well for the Panthers and has the ability to be their quarterback of the future. When this team gets healthy, Cam will lead them to more than two wins.

Runners-Up: Tim Tebow, QB Denver Broncos; Patrick Peterson, CB Arizona Cardinals

Bold Prediction for the Second Half- After a slow start and even an injury to their QB, the Bears will make the playoffs... So will 6-4 Dallas, but the New York Jets are out...

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