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.
There will be eight teams that play on Wild Card weekend and there will be four teams that go on a bye week. This will be the last Top 10 NFL rankings I do until after the Super Bowl. Who are the Top 10 teams entering Wild Card weekend?
10. Seattle Seahawks (10-6): The Seahawks escaped with a 27-24 win at home against the Arizona Cardinals. Seattle could be very dangerous in the playoffs. Russell Wilson continues to make big time plays when the game is on the line. They will face the Dallas Cowboys (10-6) on the road this Saturday night. The Seattle Seahawks have a very underrated defense. Last week's ranking: 9.
9. Houston Texans (11-5): The Texans shut down the Jacksonville Jagaurs (5-11) 20-3 at home on Sunday afternoon. DeAndre Hopkins had 115 receptions for 1,572 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. He did not drop a pass all season long and that is really impressive. DeShaun Watson continues to play at a high level. They won the AFC South with a 11-5 record and Houston will be the number three seed in the AFC. The Houston Texans will face the Indianapolis Colts at home on Wild Card weekend this Saturday afternoon. Last week's ranking: 10.
8. Indianapolis Colts (10-6): The Colts didn't win the AFC South, but they might be the best team in that division right now. Indianapolis started the season 1-5. They went 9-1 in their final 10 games of the season. Andrew Luck continues to look impressive. He completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 285 yards three touchdowns and one interception, in a 33-17 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night on the road. Frank Reich was in the Super Bowl last season as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator. The defense is very underrated led by rookie Darius Leonard. He finished with 163 tackles this season and it led the NFL. Last week's ranking: 8.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4): The Chargers should be concerned heading into Wild Card weekend. The offense has been a no show the last two weeks. Los Angeles did beat the Denver Broncos (6-10) on the road 23-9 on Sunday afternoon, but heading to Baltimore and playing a 1 p.m. eastern time Sunday afternoon game could be a daunting task for them. They just faced them two weeks in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Chargers will get tight end Hunter Henry back this week. They have a very good roster. Last week's ranking: 5.
6. New England Patriots (11-5): The Patriots locked up another first-round bye. They won't be the number one seed, but New England will have a good chance to get back to the Super Bowl. Rob Gronkowski needs to stay healthy and they need to run the ball effectively. Last week's ranking: 7.
5. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): The Ravens will be the four seed in the AFC and they will be a very dangerous one. Baltimore has the best defense in the playoffs. They are playing inspired football. Lamar Jackson continues to spark this football team. The Baltimore Ravens started the season 4-5 and won six-out-of-seven to reach the postseason. Last week's ranking: 6.
4. Chicago Bears (12-4): The Bears will be playing its first playoff game since the NFC Championship Game in 2011 against the Green Bay Packers at home. Coaching and a solid defense has been the reason why Chicago went to the playoffs this season. They will have a tough game against the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) at home. The Eagles are the defending champions and the Chicago Bears will look to dethrone them. Last week's ranking: 3.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): The Chiefs will be the number one seed in the AFC. Patrick Mahomes will most likely win the MVP award this season. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 5,097 yards 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Tyreek Hill had an impressive season with 87 receptions for 1,479 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. The defense has 53 sacks this season which is tied for the most in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1). Last week's ranking: 4.
2. Los Angeles Rams (13-3): The Rams buried the San Francisco 49ers (4-12) at home 48-32. They will have a first-round bye. Los Angeles needs this rest. They should be rejuvenated after the bye week. The Los Angeles Rams will be one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Jared Goff threw for 199 yards and four touchdowns. C.J. Anderson was impressive once again with 132 yards rushing on 23 carries and a touchdown. Todd Gurley should be back for the playoffs and a possible tandem of Gurley and Anderson will be scary. The defense can't afford to give up the big plays in the postseason. Last week's ranking: 2.
1. New Orleans Saints (13-3): The Saints didn't play Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara in a 33-14 loss at home on Sunday afternoon against the Carolina Panthers (7-9). Teddy Bridgewater played and he didn't look good. Despite all of that, New Orleans is a very balanced football team when everyone is playing. The New Orleans Saints should be the favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Atlanta come February. Last week's ranking: 1.