The NFL is at the midpoint of the season and I take a broad look at the teams and players who have made 2018 so entertaining. The New Orleans Saints are 7-1 having handed the LA Rams their first loss of the season thus far. Drew Brees is making a run for his first regular season MVP, with an 18 to 1 TD/Int ratio, while completing passes at a ridiculous 76.3 percent. Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, and New England round out the top four in my power rankings. The teams that have disappointed include the Giants, Jaguars, and Falcons, although Atlanta can climb back into contention with a favorable schedule.
The young players like Gurley, Goff, Mahomes, and Watson ensure the health of the league for years to come. Then the other side of the coin is players who are on the downside like Eli Manning and Joe Flacco. Baltimore and Tennessee have the best defenses while the Chiefs, Saints, and Rams are offensive juggernauts. Right now there seems to be a perfect mix of wily veteran leadership and youthful exuberance that we as fans get to enjoy.
Having just voted I am feeling good about many things especially our Saints. I don’t want to jinx anything but my dream Super Bowl match-up of Saints versus Patriots is in play. Today, New Orleans added Dez Bryant to the mix giving Brees another mouth to feed, and I like the move personally. I love sports for many reasons, one is there is no script so nobody knows the ending, the journey is the fun of it. The thing about the state of the NFL is there are 10 legitimate teams who could hoist the Lombardi trophy, college football will be won by Alabama and the NBA championship will be Golden State’s. That’s boring, we don’t want boring. The old Chicago saying of “Vote early and vote often” while hilarious should only apply to people who vote for Brees’ first regular season MVP.