A little over half of the 2016 NFL season is over with and there have been many surprises throughout the year.
Some have been very pleasant to witness while others have been downright awful.
So let’s examine who has been the winners and losers so far this season.
Dallas Cowboys: Who would have thought that a team with a rookie QB and RB would have the best record in the NFL. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have re-energized a team with realistic Super Bowl hopes.
AFC West (Except the Chargers): The AFC West has become the best division in football this year. The Broncos are still a Super Bowl contender with a strong defense but they’re only third in the division right now. With the Raiders’s high-powered offense and the Chiefs close on their heels, this division is for the taking.
Tom Brady: Anyone who thought Tommy Terrific would lose a step has to be disappointed. Once again Brady is a MVP contender and in prime position to get his fifth Super Bowl Ring.
Detroit Lions: Shockingly the Lions lead the NFC North as Matthew Stafford finally seems to be coming into his own as a quarterback. Better late than never.
Jay Ajayi: There always seems to be one player that you never heard about that that bursts onto the scene. Jay Ajayi has done that for the Dolphins and provided a spark to a failing season.
Tony Romo: You just can’t help but feel bad for the guy. Gets hurt in the preseason. Has to sit and watch as Dak Prescott takes over his team and leads them to 8-1. Points to Tony for handling his demotion in the very classiest way possible.
Carolina Panthers: From the Super Bowl last year to below-.500 , this team has been the biggest disappointment of the NFL season. Cam Newton has struggled but he can’t shoulder all the blame. The defense has performed sub par for much of the year.
Jeff Fisher: When you are on pace to once again finish 8-8 or below, someone needs to ask how he still has his job. I wish I knew.
Green Bay Packers Defense: Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had the best of years this year but a little help from the defense would be nice. Giving up 30 or more points this week isn’t help.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys: Matt Ryan, Brady and even Elliott’s teammate Dak would be a worthy choice but Elliott’s the MVP. His running & receiving has helped the Cowboys become a threat to go to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1996.
DUDS OF THE YEAR
Cleveland Browns: So this season we’ve seen the Browns have no wins. Multiple QBs have started and failed(haven’t even mentioned the failures of Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel). It takes a real something to be this terrible all the time but the Browns always find ways to make it worse.
Agree? Disagree? Who are your winners and losers for the NFL season so far? Share with us in the comments below.