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.
Another crazy week in the NFL is in the books. Six weeks of the season has flown by. Who are the top 10 NFL teams entering Week 7?
10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): The Eagles found their legs once again in a dominant 34-13 win on the road last Thursday night against the New York Giants. Carson Wentz looked sharp as he completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood will be Philadelphia's backfield from here on out because of Jay Ajayi's Torn ACL. The Philadelphia Eagles have a big game this weekend at home against the Carolina Panthers. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
9. Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1): The Vikings have found their groove ever since laying an egg at home in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. Kirk Cousins looks possessed. The defense still has problems, but they are a talented bunch and will eventually get it together. Minnesota isn't in first place in the NFC North at the moment, but they should be at some point. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1): The Steelers got a favorable call for them late in the game and Pittsburgh is lucky the officials missed a block down the field on them and it led to an Antonio Brown 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds remaining to lift Pittsburgh to another win against Cincinnati. Ben Roethlisberger continues to be impressive for the Pittsburgh Steelers and so does James Conner. They will be entering the bye week and they though Le'Veon Bell would be coming back. It isn't looking that way right now and I don't think the Steelers really care. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2): The Bengals should have beaten the Steelers, but they are still a very good football team. The offense looks good and wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught seven receptions for 62 yards receiving and one touchdown. The defense needs to fix up a couple of things before a big time match up on the road Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Last week's ranking: 4.
6. New England Patriots (4-2): Tom Brady was sharp once again against the Chiefs in a 43-40 win. They are starting to string wins together as they have won three in a row, but something doesn't seem right still. The defense might be it because they are still not sharp at that position. The AFC is tougher than it has been in recent years. Last week's ranking: 10.
5. Baltimore Ravens (4-2): After suffering a horrible loss against the Cleveland Browns in overtime on the road last week, the Baltimore Ravens bounced back in a big way on the road against the Tennessee Titans by winning 21-0. The Ravens defense recorded 11 sacks and it is a franchise record for them. Joe Flacco played well. Alex Collins is starting to develop into a premier running back. He rushed for 54 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Baltimore has a big game at home this weekend against New Orleans. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2): The Chargers could be the most dangerous team in the AFC that no one is talking about. They demolished the Cleveland Browns 38-14 on the road. Los Angeles's two losses is against the Rams and the Chiefs. The Los Angeles Chargers offense is in rhythm right now with Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon. Gordon continues to amaze in the backfield and he rushed for 132 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. The Chargers defense is getting better and it will be even better when defensive end Joey Bosa returns. They have a game this week in London against the Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles will be the home team. Last week's ranking: 9.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1): The Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill connection is very much on point. Mahomes completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 352 yards four touchdowns and two interceptions, in a 43-40 loss on the road against the New England Patriots. Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs defense is a major concern. Last week's ranking: 2.
2. New Orleans Saints (4-1): The Saints were on a bye last week. They are one of the best teams in the league because of Drew Brees and that offense. The defense is getting better as well. The New Orleans Saints have a big game on the road this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens. Last week's ranking: 3.
1. Los Angeles Rams (6-0): The Rams continue to find ways to win and running back Todd Gurley might be an MVP candidate right now. He rushed for 208 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns, in a 23-20 win on the road against the Denver Broncos. Jared Goff didn't look exactly sharp again either, but great teams find ways to win even when their quarterbacks struggle. The secondary is becoming suspect, but it won't be when Aqib Talib comes back from injury. Aaron Donald continues to be a beast. Last week's ranking: 1.