The Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are in the NFL season at the halfway point of the playoffs. The Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, on the other hand, are out and about in 2019. How has the first time gone for your team? NFL Nation breaks it down:
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The Chiefs' only loss on the road against the two-time defending AFC champion Patriots by a walk-off field goal. Otherwise, in their seven victories, the chiefs have had leads of 19, 21, 28, 7, 23, 35 and 16 points, but their inability to always finish effectively has them to sweat the end of some of those games. Read more.
The Rams are one of three one-loss teams in the NFL. Jared Goff has ascended the quarterback rankings and Todd Gurley is on the pace to repeat as the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year. Read more.
Is there a more battle-tested team in the NFL? New Orleans has seven straight games in a variety of ways. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas have been two of the NFL's best playmakers, and the offensive line is among the game's best. Read more.
Quarterback Cam Newton adjusted smoothly to new coordinator Norv Turner's offense and had the best first eight games of his career with 15 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. The defense is at a top-10 level, maybe top five. Read more.
We're looking back on the first half of the NFL season, and looking ahead to the playoffs for some teams, and the offseason for others.
Chicago's offense has been reborn under coach Matt Nagy. The acquisition of all-world pass-rushers Ryan Pace has helped. The Bears just wrapped up their most enjoyable first half of the season since Lovie Smith's final year in 2012. Read more.
The Bengals' record is certainly better than the past three seasons, and the opener has made a significant improvement from 2017. But the defense has given at least 480 yards in each of the past three games. That's a big problem. Read more.
Houston dug itself into a hole with 0-3 start, quickly falling into last place in the AFC South. But thanks to an improved offense and a much easier schedule, the Texans have gone from worst to first. Read more.
The Chargers have won five straight. Creating explosive plays on open air and figuring out how to generate pressure without the services of their best pass-rusher, Joey Bosa, have been the keys to their success during this stretch. Read more.
This season has been true to the Steelers' identity, mixing brilliant moments with curious lapses. A four-game winning streak quelled concerns after a 1-2-1 start. The aggressive line was tremendous in October, James Conner helped three straight 100-yard rushing games while Ben Roethlisberger took one sack. Read more.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins has not got the whole story. Minnesota ranked top 10 in both total offense and defense during the first half of the season. Read more.
After a 1-2 start, the Patriots have in a row and are well-positioned to make their annual charge. It's almost like watching two different teams between the first three games and the past six. Read more.
The Seahawks have a different team since their 0-2 start, winning four of the past six with one of the two losses during that stretch coming through two points to the then-unbeaten Rams. Pete Carroll football – running the ball, taking care of it on open air and taking it away on defense. Read more.
In all fairness, the Falcons' first half could be viewed as "incomplete" based on how injuries set them back. Six starters were placed on injured reserve, including Pro Bowlers Devonta Freeman, Keanu Neal and Deion Jones. Read more.
It's all about finishing for the third straight year. Just like 2016 and 2017, the Ravens starts off this season, only to falter into mediocrity by midseason. Baltimore has failed to make the postseason because of its inability to win critical games at the end of the season. Read more.
Andrew Luck silently asked about the debacle of Josh McDaniel's coaching situation with an aggressive style. Read more.
It starts well, with a 3-0 record behind a ball-hawking defense and an efficient Ryan Tannehill. A blowout loss at New England, followed by a collapse in Cincinnati, took the wind out of their sails, and then Tannehill was injured. Read more.
If 2017 what like gliding on ice, the first half of this season what more like trudging through mud. Carson Wentz from offseason knee surgery in Week 3, has overtaken the 24-point mark once again in a league-high 12 times last season on the way to Super Bowl title. Read more.
Marcus Mariota showed glimpses of how well he can play in coordinator Matt LaFleur's offense. Losing tight end Delane Walker was a major blow to the passing game, but the Titans are still in contention thanks to the defense. Read more.
The Redskins figured out with a strong defense, running game and fewer turnovers, you can control games and win. They have a top-10 rusher in Adrian Peterson and a top-five defense, but a rash of injuries, especially on the offensive line, threatens their second-half outlook. Read more.
The Cowboys finished 8-8 in Jason Garrett's first three seasons from 2011 to 2013 and look like they're heading down that path once again. That is, unless Amari Cooper can make an immediate impact. Read more.
The Broncos' decisions did not panned out, including the biggest addition: quarterback Case Keenum. He did not come close to playing like he did in the Vikings to the NFC title game in 2017. Read more.
Detroit rebounded from the season-opening blowout loss to the jets to beat the Patriots and Packers. Kerryon Johnson has been a surprise. Detroit's defense has struggled and the special teams have been worse than expected. Overall, things are a little worse than anticipated. Read more.
Aaron Rodgers Mike Pettine's scheme. The Rams or upset the Patriots this past week, the perspective at this point might be different. Read more.
Injuries have decimated the open, quarterback Blake Bortles has struggled, the open line has not been well even if healthy and there are no consistent outside playmakers. Despite all that, the Jaguars are still alive in a jumbled AFC South, and the season is not lost. Read more.
The Jets have been impressive at times, scoring at least 34 points in each of their three wins. Other times, it has been 17 times in any of their six losses. Search is life with a rookie quarterback. Read more.
Quarterback Jameis Winston, who sat in the first three games because of suspension, struggled in his return, throwing eight interceptions in three starts. Dirk Koetter returns to Ryan Fitzpatrick, creating a whirlwind of speculation about Winston's future, which is tied to that of Koetter and general manager Jason Licht. Read more.
Bring on 2019
In short, Steve Wilks' first season as a head coach has not gotten any better with Arizona's schedule getting tougher. The Cardinals need to keep Josh Rosen healthy to help his progression as the quarterback of the future. Read more.
Josh Allen Vikings, the Bills have always been in a tailspin all season. Sean McDermott's rebuild: Health at the quarterback position, which has been put on hold because of the offensive line, is hampering development of other players and stunting the progress of Sean McDermott's rebuild. Read more.
For the fifth time since 2010, the Browns need a head coach. Baker Mayfield is a young quarterback in Baker Mayfield. Read more.
The Giants' offense has been worse than even the wildest expectations. They can not score points in a league when points are being scored at a record pace. Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard. Read more.
The Raiders are in deconstruction mode after attempting to put together a competitive roster of older veterans and untested newbies in the offseason. They've traded away edge-rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper as they look to the future. Read more.
Jimmy Garoppolo hits his ACL in Week 3. Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. What's left of a full-blown and big-time playmakers? Read more.