ATHLETIC VOICE: My NFL mid-season report card

AztecSportslogoBy JAIME HERNANDEZ 

At the start of each NFL season, all fans have high hopes for their teams. Now that we have hit the halfway point of the season, we see where teams really stand. 

As is true every season, some teams have exceeded expectations and some haven’t.

Teams that exceeded expectations have fans believing this might be their year. At the other end of the spectrum, teams that have not meet expectations have their fans looking to this April’s draft.

Here’s my take on this year’s most disappointing and most impressive teams:

MOST DISAPPOINTING: 

Atlanta Falcons

After going 13-3 a year ago and being one game away from the Super Bowl, this team tops the most-disappointing list.

Nobody expected the Falcons to start this season 2-5. Granted the team has been decimated with injuries, but that isn’t an excuse in today’s NFL win-now mentality.

New York Giants

For a team with a two-time Super Bowl MVP at quarterback, 2-6 is flat-out shocking.

The Giants are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, and coach Tom Coughlin is one of the best coaches in the NFL.

Quarterback Eli Manning must bear most of the blame. Manning leads the NFL with 16 turnovers. With play like that from the quarterback position, you will be hard pressed to win any game.

Houston Texans 

Last year the Texans finished 12-4 and made a nice little playoff run last year. This year, they were talking Super Bowl before the season started.

Instead, the Texans have become one of the league’s laughing stocks. It’s never a good thing when your quarterback’s name is associated with pick sixes.

MOST IMPRESSIVE: 

New Orleans Saints

Head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees have the Saints running on all cylinders.

After going 7-9 last year and having Payton serve a year-long suspension for the bountygate scandal, the Saints are now 6-1 and tied for the best record in the NFC. Saints fans are once again starting to think Super Bowl.

Indianapolis Colts

Now you’re asking yourself, wait, didn’t the Colts go 11-5 last year? How are they on the most impressive list? One reason: Andrew Luck.

Luck has put away any thought of a sophomore slump with his amazing play. His numbers have improved across the board.

He has almost surpassed his rushing yards and touchdowns from last year, and he’s on pace for six interceptions this year. That is 12 less than he threw last year.

With Luck’s play and the addition of running back Trent Richardson to provide necessary balance, the sky’s the limit for this team.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have been by far the most impressive team this year. After going 2-14 last year, the team is now 8-0.

New head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith show just how important these two positions are. The Chiefs have always been loaded with talent, but could never live up to their potential.

Under Reid’s leadership and Smith’s stabilizing play, the Chiefs are poised for a deep playoff run. They definitely have fans thinking Super Bowl.

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