NFL first half recap

Luke Smith , Sports Writer

We’re now through the first half of the NFL regular season and have a good idea of teams to look out for and teams that are overrated. I’m going to give an analysis of each division leader as well as standout players that have benefited these teams.


The Buffalo Bills (6-2) currently lead the AFC East. With losses to the Titans and Chiefs, the Bills are yet to beat an elite team. They also haven’t had a big win all season; all the games they’ve won have been decided by 10 points or less. With key games against the Seahawks and Steelers remaining, the Bills will need to prove themselves as an elite NFL team.


The Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0) currently lead the AFC North. The Steelers have certainly solidified themselves as an elite team, as they’re the only undefeated team remaining with big wins over the Titans and Ravens. The Steelers currently have a top 5 defense and will look to win the division as the Ravens trail them at 5-2. Any team that is undefeated midway through the season is a Super Bowl contender.


The Tennessee Titans (5-2) and Indianapolis Colts (5-2) are tied in the AFC South. The Titans have arguably the best running back in Derrick Henry while the Colts arguably have the best defense. These teams are yet to play, but these matchups will be essential for either of these teams to get a leg-up in the division.


The Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) have a comfortable lead in the AFC West. The Chiefs have a top 5 offense led by Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Chiefs remain a Super Bowl contender and are expected to win their division.


The Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) lead the ugly NFC East. The NFC East is currently considered the second-worst division in the past 50 years, and no team is expected to make a deep run in the playoffs. The Eagles have 9 players that are either out or questionable, including key starters Miles Sanders, Darius Slay, Malik Jackson, and Zach Ertz. Carson Wentz has also thrown an egregious 12 interceptions through 8 games along with 4 fumbles.


The Green Bay Packers (5-2) have a tight lead over the Chicago Bears in the NFC North. The Packers have a top 10 offense with playmakers in Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams. However, the Packers defense is an area of concern. With many key games remaining against the Colts, Titans, and Bears, the Packers will look to prove themselves as a Super Bowl contender.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2) lead the highly contested NFC South. Along with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, the Buccaneers have built a high-powered offense with Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette, and Rob Gronkowski over the offseason. The Buccaneers also recently acquired Antonio Brown and arguably have the best wide receiver corps in the league. However, with Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara, the New Orleans Saints remain contenders for the division. With this much offensive power, the Buccaneers are a fringe Super Bowl contender.


The Seattle Seahawks (6-1) lead the NFC West, the only division that has no teams with losing records. Russell Wilson is having an excellent season, with 26 touchdowns through 7 games. With Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, the Seahawks have one of the best wide receiver corps in the league. The Seahawks’ only loss is to the Arizona Cardinals, another elite team in the same division with the best NFL offense right now. The Seahawks will look to power through the 2nd half of the season and prepare for another matchup against the Cardinals. The Seahawks remain a Super Bowl Contender.