Welcome to the ninth edition of my JFF “Mid-Season Report Card.” This is an ‘expanded’ version of my normal JFF Power Rankings installment that examines where teams are at roughly the ‘halfway’ point of the season.
JFF Mid-Season OFFENSIVE MVP & DEFENSIVE MVP
What makes a player be deserving of an MVP Award?
During the Fall 2003 Season, when JFF St. Louis Rams Wide Receiver Torry Holt had 100 or more yards receiving and 2 or more receiving touchdowns, the JFF Rams were 10-0; on the other hand, in the games where Holt had less than 100 yards receiving and/or had less than 2 receiving touchdowns, the JFF Rams were 1-5. Holt was selected by myself as the Fall 2003 Mid-Season Offensive MVP, and he was also voted by the entire league membership as the End-of-the-Regular-Season Offensive MVP. Holt was the first player in The JFF to win both awards in the same season.
A similar scenario happened during the Fall 2004 season with the JFF New Orleans Saints Defensive End Charles Grant. In Regular Season games where Grant had 3 or more sacks, the JFF New Orleans Saints were 8-2; in games were he had less than 3 sacks, the JFF Saints were 2-4. Grant was the first defensive player in the league to garner both the Mid-Season Defensive MVP (as selected by me) and the End-of-the-Regular-Season Defensive MVP (as voted on by the entire membership).
Those two award winners had individual performances that proved to be directly correlated to their teams’s win-loss record.
An MVP candidate should be that one player who is primarily, if not almost solely responsible, for the offensive or defensive success of that team.
With that said, here are my selections for this seasons Mid-Season MVP Awards:
JFF Divisional Power Rankings
Twice per year (during the Mid-Season Report Card and the Regular Season Wrap-Up), I not only offer the Power Rankings for individual teams, but I offer Power Rankings for the eight divisions. Who has the toughest division? The least competitive?
1) AFC North
Comment: The JFF Cleveland Browns are the only undefeated team in the AFC Conference. The JFF Cincinnati Bengals are 6-2-0, with their only loss outside the division being to the JFF Carolina Panthers. The JFF Baltimore Ravens are 6-3-0, with their only loss outside the division also being to the JFF Carolina Panthers. The JFF Pittsburgh Steelers (0-9-0) are human-owned, but they are currently on an indefinite Auto Pilot status due to a low quality internet connection.
2) NFC West
Comment: The JFF Arizona Cardinals are undefeated, and the JFF San Francisco 49ers and JFF Seattle Seahawks have only lost two games each (the JFF 49ers lost to the JFF Cardinals and they suffered a simulated loss to the JFF Eagles; the JFF Seahawks experienced an Auto Pilot loss to the JFF Broncos and a one-game Auto Pilot forfeit loss to the JFF Redskins). The CPU-controlled JFF St. Louis Rams are 0-8-0.
3) NFC South
Comment: The JFF Carolina Panthers have knocked off a lot of tough competition, but they unfortunately suffered a simulated loss to the JFF Seattle Seahawks in Week Eight. The JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 5-3-0, losing two games to teams from the AFC North Division (JFF Browns and JFF Ravens). The CPU-controlled JFF Atlanta Falcons and JFF New Orleans Saints are both 1-7-0.
4) AFC East
Comment: The JFF Buffalo Bills have only lost once within the division and they are undefeated outside the division. The JFF Miami Dolphins have lost once within the division and once outside the division (JFF Chargers). The JFF New England Patriots unexpectedly lost to the JFF Raiders (a CPU-controlled team) and they lost to the JFF Bengals in addition to their AFC East division rival, the JFF Bills. The only “weak link” is the CPU-controlled JFF New York Jets who are currently 0-9-0.
5) AFC South
Comment: The AFC South is one of only three divisions in the league that only have two human users (along with the AFC West and NFC South). The JFF Colts are undefeated within their division, but have lost two games to AFC North teams (JFF Bengals and JFF Ravens). The JFF Texans are currently 5-4-0, losing to the JFF Colts within the division, and in addition, they suffered losses to the JFF Bills, JFF Cowboys, and JFF N.Y. Giants. The CPU-controlled Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-6-1 and the CPU-controlled JFF Tennessee Titans are 0-8-0.
6) NFC East
Comment: The JFF Dallas Cowboys (6-3-0) are undefeated within the division, but they have lost games to the JFF 49ers, JFF Cardinals, and JFF Seahawks. The JFF Eagles are also undefeated within the division, but they have lost games to the JFF Cardinals, JFF Colts, and JFF Texans. The JFF N.Y. Giants (3-5-0) have struggled, losing two games within the division, and also losing to the JFF Cardinals, JFF Colts, and JFF Lions. The CPU-controlled JFF Redskins are 2-6-1.
7) NFC North
Comment: The three human teams in the NFC North have not won too many games outside of their division, but at least two of the three human teams have a .500 record or better. The JFF Green Bay Packers are currently 5-3-0 and undefeated within the division, but they lost games to the JFF Dolphins, JFF Panthers, and the JFF Seahawks in an inadvertent Auto Pilot loss. The JFF Minnesota Vikings (5-4-0) have lost 2 games in the division to both the JFF Lions and JFF Packers, and they have also lost to the JFF Bills and the JFF Patriots. The JFF Detroit Lions (3-5-0) are not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention just yet, but they seem to be headed that way after losing to the JFF Bills, JFF Falcons, JFF Packers, JFF Panthers, and JFF Vikings. The CPU-controlled JFF Chicago Bears are 2-6-0.
8) AFC West
Comment: The JFF San Diego Chargers (6-3-0) are undefeated within the division, but they have lost to the JFF Bills, JFF Cardinals, and JFF Seahawks. The JFF Denver Broncos are 3-5-0 and their playoff hopes seem to be fading after losing to the JFF 49ers, JFF Cardinals, JFF Chargers, JFF Colts, and most recently, the JFF Patriots. The CPU-controlled JFF Kansas City Chiefs are 3-5-0 and the JFF Oakland Raiders are 2-6-0.
A few “Miscellaneous” Awards for the First Half of the Regular Season
I always like to offer a few entertaining, random awards under various categories … so here they are . . .
“Most Balanced Offense”
Winner: JFF San Francisco 49ers (54.6% of their total offensive yards come from rushing and 45.4% comes from passing)
Runner-Up: JFF Philadelphia Eagles (43.3% of their total offensive yards come from rushing and 56.7% comes from passing)
“Most Pass Heavy Offense”
Winner: JFF Detroit Lions (83.4% of their total offensive yards comes from passing the ball)
Runner-Up: New England Patriots (81.1% of their total offensive yards comes from passing the ball)
“Most Run Heavy Offense”
Winner: JFF Indianapolis Colts (69.4% of their total offensive yards comes from running the ball)
Runner-Up: JFF Dallas Cowboys (57.3% of their total offensive yards comes from running the ball)
“Best ‘Triple Threat’ – Quarterback-Running Back-Receiver Combo”
Winner: JFF Carolina Panthers (QB Cam Newton has 2,546 passing yards; HB DeAngelo Williams has 839 rushing yards; and WR Mike Thomas has 910 receiving yards)
Runner-Up: JFF Houston Texans (QB Ryan Mallett has 2,018 passing yards; HB Arian Foster has 1,002 rushing yards; and WR Andre Johnson has 638 receiving yards)
“Best ‘Dynamic Duo’ – Receiving”
Winner: JFF Seattle Seahawks (WR Percy Harvin has 63 receptions for 991 receiving yards and WR Doug Baldwin has 43 receptions for 656 receiving yards)
Runner-Up: JFF Buffalo Bills (WR Marquise Goodwin has 34 receptions for 731 receiving yards and WR Sammy Watkins has 36 receptions for 582 receiving yards)
“Best ‘Dynamic Duo’ – Rushing”
Winner: JFF Indianapolis Colts (HB Trent Richardson has ran the ball 207 times for 1,252 rushing yards and QB Terrelle Pryor has ran the ball 47 times for 389 rushing yards)
Runner-Up: JFF Washington Redskins*** (HB Alfred Morris has ran the ball 168 times for 909 rushing yards and QB Robert Griffin III has ran the ball 67 times for 329 yards)
*** The JFF Washington Redskins are a CPU-controlled team
“We can stop the run … but we cannot stop the pass!!”
Winner: JFF San Diego Chargers (The JFF Chargers have only allowed an average of 67.2 rushing yards per game, but they have allowed an average of 232.2 passing yards per game)
Runner-Up: JFF Buffalo Bills (The JFF Bills have only allowed an average of 69.3 rushing yards per game, but they have allowed an average of 227.9 passing yards per game)
“We can stop the pass … but we cannot stop the run!!”
Winner: JFF Denver Broncos (The JFF Broncos have only allowed an average of 174 passing yards per game, but they have allowed an average of 122.1 rushing yards per game)
Runner-Up: JFF Cincinnati Bengals (The JFF Bengals have only allowed an average of 145.9 passing yards per game, but they have allowed an average of 102.0 rushing yards per game)
“Best Overall Defensive Line”
Winner: JFF Buffalo Bills (LE Mario Williams has 15 tackles and 5 sacks; RE Jerry Hughes has 19 tackles and 8 sacks; and DT Marcell Dareus has 16 tackles and 5 sacks)
Runner-Up: JFF Carolina Panthers (LE Charles Johnson has 13 tackles and 3 sacks; RE Greg Hardy has 21 tackles and 6 sacks; and DT Star Lotulelei has 24 tackles and 4 sacks)
“Best Overall Linebacker Group”
Winner: JFF Cleveland Browns (LOLB Jabaal Sheard has 34 tackles and 12 sacks; MLB Karlos Dansby has 40 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 interceptions; and ROLB Barkevious Mingo has 36 tackles and 14 sacks)
Runner-Up: JFF San Francisco 49ers (LOLB Ahmad Brooks has 19 tackles and 5 sacks; MLB Patrick Willis has 59 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 interception; MLB Navorro Bowman has 32 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception; and ROLB Aldon Smith has 38 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception)
“Best Overall Defensive Backfield”
Winner: JFF Arizona Cardinals (CB Patrick Peterson has 15 tackles and 5 interceptions; CB Jerraud Powers has 15 tackles and 3 interceptions; CB Antonio Cromartie has 25 tackles and 3 interceptions; and FS Tyrann Mathieu has 23 tackles, 1 sack, and 6 interceptions)
Runner-Up: JFF Green Bay Packers (CB Casey Hayward has 21 tackles and 6 interceptions; CB Sam Shields has 10 tackles and 3 interceptions; FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has 37 tackles and 1 interception; and SS Morgan Burnett has 38 tackles and 2 interceptions)
“Team that is playing far better than their NFL counterpart”
Winner: JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3-0 in the league; NFL Buccaneers are 1-6-0)
Runner-Up: JFF Carolina Panthers (8-1-0 in the league; NFL Panthers are 3-4-1)
“Team that is playing far worse than their NFL counterpart”
Winner: JFF Denver Broncos (3-5-0 in the league; NFL Broncos are 6-1-0)
Runner-Up: JFF Detroit Lions (3-5-0 in the league; NFL Lions are 6-2-0)
Playoffs … did you say … Playoffs??
Normally, I don’t start my “If the Playoffs started Today” feature until after Week Thirteen games have been completed, but this season, I am going to start a few weeks early.
And now, without further ado, CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW to view the fifth installment of The JFF Power Rankings!