NFL Midseason: Three Studs, Three Duds

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NFL Midseason: Three Studs, Three Duds

Alamin Muzemil, Sports Writer

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So far in the season the NFL has offered us many surprises and some predictable playoff teams. The New England Patriots continue their domination of the east, while the Los Angeles Rams have been by the far the most complete team in the NFL. Like every year, the Cleveland Browns have been the worst team in the league, and the Dallas Cowboys have had trouble to find a winning stride.

“The Cowboys need to improve immediately if they want to make the playoffs,” said Haniebal Gebrie, junior at E.L. Haynes. “They have a good QB and running backs but their passing game needs to improve.”

This season, the three studs are the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints. In the preseason rankings, journalists predicted the Seahawks would have the worst record in the NFL but somehow right now they have the 3rd best defense and a 70% chance of making the playoffs.

The Chiefs and the Saints both have a 8-1 record and are neck and neck for the the number 1 seed for the playoffs. Both the Saints and the Chiefs have had a high flying offense. The Chiefs average 34 points per game (ppg) while the Saints average a league-best 38 ppg. Their defense needs to improve, but they have the best chances of winning the Super Bowl.

The three duds are the Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Browns. At the beginning of the season journalists thought the Jaguars would end the season with a 13-3 record. So far they have a 3-7 record. Everyone is surprised: what went wrong with the Jaguars?

“I thought they had a good chance of winning the Super Bowl,” said Haniebal.

Like every year the Browns fail to win games, but this year they have been doing better then usual. They have a record of 3-6-1. THey have a good young core but they need to mature and in the future they have a chance of being one of the best teams in the NFL.

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