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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / NFL Mid-Season Report Cards

NFL Mid-Season Report Cards

Publish Date: 11/09/2016
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

This season has been quite a roller coaster for many teams. Let’s see how they all stack up in The Grueling Truth’s NFL Mid-Season Report Cards.

(Simple Rating Sytem (SRS) is explained below)

AFC East

New England (7-1), SRS +10.2, Turnover Ratio +3

Tom Brady is playing another year at MVP form, but starting 3-1 the way they did is a testament to how great of a coach Bill Belichick is.

Grade: A
Miami (4-4), SRS -1.9, Turnover Ratio -3

After a rough start, the Dolphins have now won three in a row and are reaping the fruits of drafting Jay Ajayi. If they continue, they have a shot at the postseason.

Grade: C+

Buffalo (4-5), SRS 3.9, Turnover Ratio +7

This is a good roster, but has lost three straight close games. If they are going to take a step forward, they need to close out those type of games.

Grade: C

New York Jets (3-6), SRS -6.1, Turnover Ratio -10

The Jets have good personnel, but have too many issues in the secondary and at quarterback to get back to where they were last year.

Grade: D+

AFC North

Baltimore (4-4), SRS -1.4, Turnover Ratio +2

In a year where this division looks very suspect, the Ravens have the advantage as they possess the best coach in the division. If they can continue to win the big division games, they should make the postseason.

Grade: B-

Pittsburgh (4-4), SARS +3.0, Turnover Ratio +1

The talent is there, but injuries and a less-than-stellar defense could be the obstacles that keep them from the playoffs.

Grade: C+

Cincinnati (3-4-1), SRS -1.6, Turnover Ratio +2

The roster is nowhere near as good as it was last year, but they still have a chance if they can beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Grade: C-

Cleveland (0-9), SRS -10.0, Turnover Ratio -4

The Browns have been in a lot of their games, but can’t close the deal. They need to have a strong offseason to improve in 2017.

Grade: F

AFC South

Houston (5-3), SRS -2.9, Turnover Ratio -7

The Texans have a solid record at the moment, but they have problems on both sides of the ball. J.J. Watt’s injury and Brock Osweiler’s disappointing play will be their undoing.

Grade: B-

Tennessee (4-5), SRS -3.0, Turnover Ratio -6

Marcus Mariota has the Titans playing well offensively, but the Titans still have a lot of work to do. They will need to win their key matchups against Indianapolis and Houston to win this division.

Grade: C+

Indianapolis (4-5), SRS -2.3, Turnover Ratio -2

The Colts came up with a season-saving victory in Green Bay, but have a ton of work to do if they’re going to have any chance at the division title.

Grade: C-

Jacksonville (2-6), SRS -7.8, Turnover Ratio -12

Jacksonville has to be the NFL’s most disappointing team this year.

Grade: D

AFC West

Oakland (7-2), SRS +2.9, Turnover Ratio +9

The Raiders are for real and have everything they will need in order to makeย a deep playoff run this year.

Grade: A

Kansas City (6-2), SRS +3.2, Turnover Ratio +13

The Chiefs have quietly won 17 of their last 20 games and are very consistent. They will likely be a Wild Card with a chance to make some noise.

Grade: B+

Denver (6-3), SRS +5.4, Turnover Ratio +3

The Broncos still have a great defense, but have the number 20 scoring offense. With running back and quarterback problems, they could be on the outside looking in.

Grade: B-

San Diego (4-5), SRS +3.8, Turnover Ratio 0

The Chargers could have a much better record, but like other teams, they have lost a number of 4th quarter leads.

Grade: C+

NFC East

Dallas (7-1), SRS +8.2, Turnover Ratio +4

The Cowboys have exceeded any expectation of them thus far. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot should be co-rookies of the year and they are the team to beat in the NFC.

Grade: A

New York Giants (5-3), SRS +1.6, Turnover Ratio -7

The Giants have been up and down, but have won three straight and could be a Wild Card. We all know what happens when they make the playoffs.

Grade: B-

Washington (4-3-1), SRS +0.5, Turnover Ratio 0

Kirk Cousins and the offense are playing well overall but need to be higher than number 19 in scoring. They too will have their chances at another postseason berth.

Grade: C+

Philadelphia (4-4), SRS +7.9, Turnover Ratio +6

The Eagles are a good team, but they also could be too young to pull out those close games that they need in order to improve their record. However, in this NFC, anything is possible.

Grade: C+

NFC North

Minnesota (5-3), SRS +3.4, Turnover Ratio +12

The Vikings started off looking like Super Bowl contenders, despite losing Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson to season-ending injuries. But after losing three straight and three offensive lineman, it’s hard to see them even making the postseason.

Grade: B-

Detroit (5-4), SRS -0.5, Turnover Ratio +1

The Lions have played steady football thus far, but will need to win their division games to make the postseason.

Grade: B-

Green Bay (4-4), SRS +1.2, Turnover Ratio -1

The Packers have decent team statistics, but don’t look to be the team people are used to seeing. The injuries are piling up and the schedule is getting more difficult.

Grade: C-

Chicago (2-6), SRS -5.1, Turnover Ratio -2

The Bears have lost a lot of the roster to injury, but even when healthy, this team isn’t very good.

Grade: D

NFC South

Atlanta (6-3), SRS +5.8, Turnover Ratio +3

Matt Ryan is taking a few steps forward compared toย the last few seasons and this offense looks legit at number one. In this open NFC, they will have a real shot to compete for a Super Bowl.

Grade: A-

New Orleans (4-4), SRS +1.4, Turnover Ratio +4

The Saints are up and down, but look better than they have, especially with their win over Seattle. The Wild Card race is crowded, but if they can win their conference games, they will have a shot.

Grade: B-

Tampa Bay (3-5), SRS -6.0, Turnover Ratio -3

The Bucs are a big tease, but they’re a team you don’t want to face. If they can put a win streak together, they could be dangerous.

Grade: C

Carolina (3-5), SRS -0.9, Turnover Ratio -6

The Panthers are definitely not their 2015 selves. They have won a couple games lately, but it’s hard to picture them contending.

Grade: C-

NFC West

Seattle (5-2-1), SRS +2.0, Turnover Ratio +2

The Seahawks have a good roster and a winning record, but they have gotten by on bad officiating sheer guts and good coaching. The offensive line could be the thing that holds them back.

Grade: B

Arizona (3-4-1), SRS +2.5, Turnover Ratio +3

The Cardinals could have a near perfect record if it weren’t for kicking and special teams, but they could be a team that makes a big run in the second half of the season.

Grade: C+

Los Angeles (3-5), SRS -5.8, Turnover Ratio -4

The Rams, outside of their front four and Todd Gurley, aren’t a very good team. Jeff Fisher could be looking for a new job next season.

Grade: D+

San Francisco (1-6), SRS -11.6, Turnover Ratio -6

The 49ers are the worst team in football and it’s probably not close. The front office has made several bad decisions and what little talent is there is now largely on IR. They need a completely new direction.

Grade: F

(Simple Rating System – SRS – On Pro Football-Reference’s site, you add the team’s average margin of victory to the strength of schedule.)

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