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My Midseason Review

Poll. Which team has been the biggest surprise this year?

With Week 8's final game being played as I type, I'd like to give a quick review of how I feel about the season so far, and how I think the rest of the year will pan out.

Surprises: If you said that the Saints would be 2-5 at this point in the season, you'd probably be lying. Sure, there was expected to be struggles with missing Sean Payton among other coaches, but there have been a lot of crushing losses. But hang in there, Saints fans, I don't think your season is over yet. Drew Brees has been performing well, and they will get it together soon.

 

Speaking of the NFC South, I'm also surprised that the Falcons are the only undefeated team left in the NFL. Matt Ryan has definitely stepped up, and the duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White has been a nightmare for secondaries everywhere. On the AFC side, there have been some surprising successes in the Dolphins and Colts. The Vikings haven't done too bad for themselves either, with a 5-3 record.

As far as players go, I'd say the biggest surprise would be in Robert Griffin III. Sure, we saw his running and throwing skills at Baylor, but we didn't expect him to be this spectacular. Another rookie on the Redskins, Alfred Morris, has also put up great numbers. Other pleasant surprises include Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson. Both coming off big injuries, they were expected to never be the same players they used to be. They definitely proved us wrong. Adrian Peterson leads the league in rushing yards, and Manning has led his Broncos to the top of the AFC West.

Predictions: As I said before, I do think that the Saints will make a turnaround. I also think that the 3-4 Lions will start winning, since Stafford has started to improve from the start of the season. It's hard to predict playoff seeds at this point when most of the teams are hovering around the .500 mark, but I do think the Texans and Pats will continue to dominate the AFC. The Ravens will start to fade out a tad with their defense completely wrecked with injuries, but they could still make a run. As far as the NFC goes, your guess is as good as mine. So many new teams are performing well and some of the best are struggling. If I had to guess, I'd say the Packers will come out top in the NFC, playing the Texans in the Super Bowl, but because of their experience, the Packers would come out champions.

The first half of the season has been a blast to watch and I can't wait to see the rest! How do you guys feel about the first half of the season, and how do you predict it will end?

 

Ryan

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

 

Favorite Ray Lewis Moment

As we all know, Ray Lewis suffered an injury playing the Cowboys last week that will sideline him for the rest of the season. This is a crushing blow to the Ravens, because he is the heart and soul of the defense. A positive first-ballot Hall of Famer, he has made an impact on the NFL and I would like to share my favorite moment of his career.I was really young at the time, and I wouldn't be able to remember it from the day of, but I've definitely watched it dozens and dozens of times by now. It

As we all know, Ray Lewis suffered an injury playing the Cowboys last week that will sideline him for the rest of the season. This is a crushing blow to the Ravens, because he is the heart and soul of the defense. A positive first-ballot Hall of Famer, he has made an impact on the NFL and I would like to share my favorite moment of his career.

I was really young at the time, and I wouldn't be able to remember it from the day of, but I've definitely watched it dozens and dozens of times by now. It was Super Bowl XXXV, the game where Lewis led his Ravens to their first Super Bowl title. He also won the MVP Award for that game, becoming the second linebacker to win the award. It was an amazing performance by Lewis and the whole Ravens defense. Their opponent, the Giants, didn't have any offensive points all game!

This is my favorite moment from Ray Lewis because that's when I believe it came true that he was going to be a player remembered for a long time in the NFL. I'm wishing him a speedy recovery and hopefully he can get back on the field next season and make more memorable moments!

 

Ryan

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

Fantasy: Fantastic or Failure?

Poll. How has your Fantasy team done this year?

The first two weeks of NFLRush Fantasy have been up and down for me. My first week was mainly safe picks, and it didn't pay off. I picked the dynamic duo of Matthew Stafford and Megatron (Calvin Johnson), but that didn't pan out for me. Luckily the success of Ray Rice and Jimmy Graham revived it to a solid week.

 

In Week 2 I took some risks. I put Percy Harvin at my wide receiver spot, which I knew was going to be dangerous, but luckily he put up a decent amount of points. Unfortunately, I trusted Stafford again in Week 2, and again he put up disappointing numbers. My running back saved my week, this time in Arian Foster.

 

Overall, I've put up 80+ point weeks, which I'm looking to improve upon in Week 3. With successes of players like CJSpiller and RG3, it's hard to resist picking them, but then again, you know that players like Arian Foster and Aaron Rodgers will put up points consistently.

 

Decisions like these will make or break your team every week, which I think makes fantasy football so much fun! How is your Fantasy team doing, and what's your plan for Week 3 and beyond?

 

Ryan

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

 

Colts Season Review

Poll. How many wins will the Colts have?

When it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, it has been an up and down road.

 

We rode on the Manning train for so long, and now he's gone. Complete failure seems to be in our sights this season, but I'd have to disagree.

 

We lost our first game to the Chicago Bears, of course, but I think we will have a modest season. Andrew Luck should be able to lead a pretty decent offense, and with new coach Chuck Pagano we should be more defensive-minded. We have a favorable schedule, with games against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. Our key games will be against the Texans -- who will be the favorite in the AFC South -- and the Patriots, a longtime rival.

 

With an easy schedule and perhaps a little (Andrew) luck, we should be able to win a nice amount of games. I say we finish the season 7-9.

 

Ryan

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

 

New Kid Reporter Ryan: My Favorite Player

Hi Everyone! I'm Ryan, a new Kid Reporter for NFLRUSH. To start off my contributions, I wanted to talk about my favorite NFL player, Aaron Rodgers.   For starters, Rodgers obviously is a beast on the football field. He can run like the best of them and passes like the best of them. This quality isn't in most quarterbacks, and that's why he is also my almost-weekly pick in NFLRUSH Fantasy.   However, what makes him my favorite player goes a lot farther than just his playing skill. He ha

Hi Everyone! I'm Ryan, a new Kid Reporter for NFLRUSH. To start off my contributions, I wanted to talk about my favorite NFL player, Aaron Rodgers.

 

For starters, Rodgers obviously is a beast on the football field. He can run like the best of them and passes like the best of them. This quality isn't in most quarterbacks, and that's why he is also my almost-weekly pick in NFLRUSH Fantasy.

 

However, what makes him my favorite player goes a lot farther than just his playing skill. He had a tough time in his first two seasons, sitting on the bench under one of the greatest of all time, Brett Favre. Once he finally was able to start, he faced the challenge of trying to fill in the legend's shoes. He proved himself and won Super Bowl XLV. Aaron Rodgers has also set mutliple records, and the guy is only 28 years old. He's in his prime and still has many great years ahead of him.

 

Outside of football, Rodgers has hosted and participated in many charity events. These heroics, along with his outstanding play on the field, are why Aaron Rodgers is my favorite NFL player.

 

Ryan

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter