We have arrived at the halfway point of the NFL season. Here’s a brief rundown of who are contenders, outsiders and are planning for next season.
1. Dallas Cowboys
It’s assumed that Mike McCarthy will avoid the same head scratching decisions that led to Jason Garrett’s exit in Dallas.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
A lot has to go right, but they are fortunate they play in an extremely weak division.
3. New York Giants
The future looks good at quarterback and running back, but there is still plenty of work to be done elsewhere.
4. Washington Redskins
If Ron Rivera thought his last year in Carolina was a rough ride, this first year in Washington will take the cake.
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
A stacked roster now has a former AL MVP in Mookie Betts to torment opposing pitchers.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
They took some important steps forward last season and now have Madison Bumgarner to anchor their staff.
3. San Diego Padres
This could be a big year for them with two high priced players (Hosmer and Machado) and a nice blend of up and coming talent around the diamond.
4. Colorado Rockies
Not much to speak of other than a very vocal star in Nolan Arenado not liking the direction of the club.
5. San Francisco Giants
They are a far cry from where they were 10 years ago.
Player to Watch: 3B Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
Best Acquisition: OF Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers
New Kid on the Block: 2B Gavin Lux – Los Angeles Dodgers