It’s report card time in the NFL as midseason grades are handed out. Every team is now at the halfway point and those just past it have bye weeks coming up.
• AFC EAST •
New England (7-2) — After being embarrassed in a Monday night game by Kansas City, the Patriots are back to being the Patriots. Grade — A-
Buffalo (5-3) — I picked them to finish 3-13 at the start of the season. Grade — A-
Miami (5-3) — Not sold on quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but really good defensively. Grade — B+
New York Jets (1-8) — A disaster. Enough said. Grade — F.
• AFC SOUTH •
Indianapolis (6-3) — At times the Colts look great, at times they’re very ordinary. Grade — B.
Houston (4-5) — The quarterback play is suspect. Will Jadeveon Clowney ever get on the field to be a factor? Grade — C.
Tennessee (2-6) — The Titans’ opening-game domination of Kansas City now seems like an aberration. It’s all been downhill since. Grade — D.
Jacksonville (1-8) — After last year’s encouraging finish, much more was expected. Grade — D.
• AFC NORTH •
Cincinnati (5-2-1) — The Bengals had a great start, but have looked so-so since. Grade — B.
Pittsburgh (6-3) — You knew the Steelers wouldn’t have another clunker year. Grade — B.
Cleveland (5-3) — I thought the Browns would challenge Buffalo as the worst team in the AFC. Grade — A-
Baltimore (5-4) — A winning record and still in last. Tough crowd. Grade — B-
• AFC WEST •
Denver (6-2) — The Broncos looked unbeatable until they were dismantled by New England. Grade — A-
Kansas City (5-3) — After an 0-2 start, I said the Chiefs might not win more than two. Andy Reid must be a heckuva coach. Grade — B+
San Diego (5-4) — From 5-1 to 5-4. Will the real Chargers stand up? Grade — C+
Oakland (0-8) — The record says it all. Grade — F.
• NFC EAST •
Philadelphia (6-2) — How will they move on with Mark Sanchez at quarterback the next 6-8 weeks? Grade — A-
Dallas (6-3) — The Cowboys’ start may have been all smoke and mirrors. Grade — B+
New York Giants (3-5) — Nobody fears the Giants any more. Definitely in decline. Grade — C-
Washington (3-6) — Washington has QB problems even with RG III. Grade — C-
• NFC SOUTH •
New Orleans (4-4) — The Saints have underachieved and still lead the division Grade — C-
Carolina (3-5) — No surprise here, this was the team I said would take the biggest tumble from last year. Grade — C-
Atlanta (2-6) — What is going on here? Should be better. Grade — D.
Tampa Bay (1-7) — The Bucs were talked of as a playoff team in the preseason. Grade — F.
• NFC NORTH •
Detroit (6-2) — This record is basically without getting much from injured superstar Calvin Johnson. Grade — A-
Green Bay (5-3) — Packers don’t have a defense they can rely on. Grade — B-
Minnesota (4-5) — Despite the record, one of the NFL’s best coaching jobs has been by Mike Zimmer by keeping this team together after the Adrian Peterson scandal. Grade — B+
Chicago (3-5) — The Bears’ defense is awful. Huge disappointment. Grade — D+
• NFC WEST •
Arizona (7-1) — Not sure how long they’ll keep playing this way, but the Cardinals are the NFL’s best story at the halfway point. Grade — A.
Seattle (5-3) — This team looked like it was built for a long run. Chemistry issues have taken over. Grade — C.
San Francisco (4-4) — Maybe Jim Harbaugh’s hyper act has worn thin. Biggest underachievers of the year. Grade — D.
St. Louis (3-5) — Plays great against the supposed good teams (wins over Seattle and San Francisco), but otherwise mediocre. Grade — C.