NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
The NFL season is officially past the half way point. For the next several weeks, these games will packed with immense pressure. Who are the top 10 teams entering Week 10 of the NFL Season?
10. Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1): The Vikings defense racked up 10 sacks in a 24-9 win at home against the Detroit Lions. They will head on a bye week before facing the Chicago Bears on the road in prime time in Week 11. It was just moved to a prime time game and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars game was flexed out. Minnesota is still struggling in the running game. The passing game continues to be very good. Last week's ranking: 9.
9. Chicago Bears (5-3): The Bears defense is legit even though they made it look easy on the road against the Buffalo Bills with two defensive touchdowns. Mitchell Trubisky is getting better every game. Jordan Howard is starting to get rolling in the backfield. Chicago could be the favorites to win the NFC North. They must not get caught up at home this weekend against the Detroit Lions before a Sunday night showdown in Week 11 at home against Minnesota. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
8. Houston Texans (6-3): The Texans got lucky the Broncos missed a field goal late in the game. Houston has won six straight, but they have not had an impressive schedule and they will continue to have a weak schedule for the rest of the season. It could play a major role come playoff time. Demaryius Thomas played well in his Houston Texans debut with three receptions for 61 yards receiving. The defense is also playing better. Last week's ranking: 8.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (6-2): The Chargers did not have an easy time off the bye against the Seattle Seahawks on the road. Los Angeles escaped with another win. Melvin Gordon continues to shine in the backfield and the defense continues to make plays when they need to. Desmond King had a pick six in that game. Joey Bosa has not returned yet. Last week's ranking: 5.
6. Carolina Panthers (6-2): Other than New Orleans and Los Angeles right now, the Carolina Panthers is an elite NFC ball club. The Panthers would be winning the NFC North and the NFC East right now, but they are in the first wild card spot. Cam Newton continues to impress under Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator. Curtis Samuel is becoming another valuable weapon in the passing game. Christian McCaffrey continues to make a difference in the running game. Last week's ranking: 7.
5. New England Patriots (7-2): Josh Gordon continues to play a big role in New England's offense. They did not have Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel on Sunday night. James White continues to be a magician catching the football out of the backfield. He caught six passes for 72 yards receiving. White also rushed for two touchdowns in New England's 31-17 against the Green Bay Packers at home. The Patriots could be on upset alert this weekend against the Tennessee Titans on the road. Last week's ranking: 6.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1): The Steelers offense is legit. The defense looked better after their bye week on the road against the Baltimore Ravens. Pittsburgh won that game 23-16. They are on a short week this week and the Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Carolina Panthers at home. Will Le'Veon Bell finally report or no? It honestly doesn't even matter for this team at this point. Last week's ranking: 4.
3. Los Angeles Rams (8-1): The Rams defense might have been exposed this weekend on the road against the New Orleans Saints. Los Angeles had to play catch up and they almost came back and won. Todd Gurley was held in check. The Los Angeles Rams should bounce back this weekend at home against the Seattle Seahawks, but then they will play the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City on Monday night. Jared Goff was excellent this week by completing 70 percent of his passes for 391 yards three touchdowns and one interception. Last week's ranking: 1.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1): The Chiefs have a plethora of weapons on offense. Patrick Mahomes continues to shine on offense and he might be the MVP right now. Kareem Hunt is a game breaker in the backfield. The Kansas City Chiefs can not be caught looking ahead this week against the Arizona Cardinals before playing the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11 on Monday night in Kansas City. Last week's ranking: 3.
1. New Orleans Saints (7-1): The Saints could be in the driver's seat for the number one seed in the NFC. Drew Brees continues to engine this offense. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram is a deadly backfield. Michael Thomas is no question a top three receiver in the league right now. He had 211 yards receiving on 12 receptions and a touchdown. Thomas did an interesting touchdown celebration by pulling out the cell phone like Joe Horn used to do. The New Orleans Saints defense did a great job containing running back Todd Gurley. Gurley rushed for 100 yards. Last week's ranking: 2.