Super Bowl LVII: A look at this NFL season’s strongest contestants

(Photo by: Stephan Coudassot)
(Photo by: Stephan Coudassot)

The NFL season has been nothing short of exciting for fans. With the season already at its midpoint, some teams have emerged as contenders for the Super Bowl, while other teams have been slightly disappointing for fans. Some teams have been better than they were expected to be. 

In the AFC, the Buffalo Bills sit at the top with a record of 6-2. The Bills, who entered the season as one of the Super Bowl favorites, have shown evidence of being one of the best teams in the NFL, while at other times they have revealed that they are beatable. 

The Kansas City Chiefs have a 6-2 record as well, but they lost to the Bills in week 6 of the season. Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Chiefs, has been performing as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, which isn’t surprising. Mahomes has been one of the best quarterbacks for the past couple seasons.

Other teams in the AFC have shown signs that they can contend as well. The Miami Dolphins have played as one of the better teams in the AFC. Tyreek Hill, wide receiver for the Dolphins, currently sits with 1,104 receiving yards on the season through nine weeks. Hill is on pace for 2,084 yards, which would break the record for most receiving yards in a season, currently held by Calvin Johnson, boasting 1,964 yards in 2012.
Along with the Dolphins, the New York Jets have shown they can hang in the AFC. Both teams sit at 6-3 and are currently in a wild card seat. An additional team currently in the wild card spot is the Los Angeles Chargers, who have a record of 5-3. 

The Cincinnati Bengals, last year’s AFC championship winner, are sitting right outside the bubble along with the New England Patriots.

Some teams in the AFC however, have been nothing short of disappointing The Indianapolis Colts entered the season as AFC South favorites but have not looked like they were supposed to. The Colts decided to bench veteran quarterback Matt Ryan and recently fired their head coach. The Denver Broncos, who traded for former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, have also been very disappointing for fans as well.

The NFC has the last team in the NFL that is still undefeated. The Philadelphia Eagles sit at 8-0 and have continued to look like one of the league’s best teams. The Eagles, though, have some competition in the NFC. 

The Dallas Cowboys have played very well, with a record of 6-2. The Cowboys defense has played dominantly with second year LB Micah Parsons playing at an All Pro level. The New York Giants also sit at 6-2 and have played very good football led by running back Saquon Barkley and head coach Brian Daboll. 

Out west, the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the NFL’s biggest surprises. The Seahawks have played lights-out football and sit at a record of 6-3. Their success has largely been connected to the emergence of quarterback Geno Smith, who has been playing at an elite level. 

The San Francisco 49ers, however, are on the trail of the Seahawks with a record of 4-4. Both teams will look to compete once playoff time comes. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams have been two of the most disappointing stories coming out of the NFC, with both teams sitting under .500.

The NFL still has some season to go, so chaos might be coming in the weeks ahead as playoffs start to loom. 

Editors Midseason Awards:
MVP- Jalen Hurts(Philadelphia Eagles)
OPOY- Tyreek Hill(Miami Dolphins)
DPOY- Micah Parsons(Dallas Cowboys)
OROY- Kenneth Walker III(Seattle Seahawks)
DROY- Ahmed “Sauce” Gardner(New York Jets)
CPOY- Geno Smith(Seattle Seahawks)

Coach of the Year- Nick Sirianni(Philadelphia Eagles)

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