It’s about that time, you’re heading into the playoffs of your fantasy football league and the end of the NFL’s regular season is in sight. This is the wonderful point where so much has come into focus already but there is still so much yet to be decided.
Let’s take a look at what revelations the previous 13 weeks of football have bestowed upon us.
For starters, the big surprise of the season is the Kansas City Chiefs. Under veteran coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs brought quarterback Alex Smith on board, and behind one of the stoutest defenses in the league, bolted out to a blistering 9-0 start. This looks like a completely different team!
Alex Smith, who was nothing special in San Francisco, has come alive and really kept receivers Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster and Donnie Avery well fed all year long. With Jamaal Charles as one of the top running backs in the NFL, the Chiefs have been able to score enough to let their beastly defense take care of the rest.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they’re in the same division as Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, who seem to be destined for a Super Bowl title this year. Manning has played out of his mind this season. Right now, he has 3,722 yards for 36 touchdowns! He has so many targets to throw to, like Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. Throw in a handful of running backs sharing carries and this is one of the most potent offenses in the league.
The Broncos have already knocked off the Chiefs twice and have some very winnable games the rest of the way.
Surprise, surprise, the New England Patriots are great once again. Apparently it doesn’t matter who Tom Brady is throwing to, this team knows how to win and sits atop the AFC East. The Patriots should be the only team that can really contend with the Broncos out of the AFC, unless Indianapolis or Cincinnati gets in the way.
Sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck and his Colts are enjoying a solid year, even though their acquisition of “stud” running back Trent Richardson was a complete bust. The Bengals also sit in first place in their division. Quarterback Andy Dalton has really made a transformation this year. Still, they don’t seem like a legitimate threat.
In the NFC, three of the four divisions are being hotly contested right now, which promises a fun end to the season.
The Seattle Seahawks are the best team in football at 10-1. Russell Wilson followed up his rookie campaign by showing that he has staying power. With the bruising force of running back Marshawn Lynch, this multi-dimensional team is on the cusp of a franchise year.
New Orleans and Carolina are battling it out in the NFC South. Quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints are a lot like the Patriots, they’re just always good. Expect Brees and Co. to win the division and make a serious bid for a Super Bowl appearance.
Dallas and Philadelphia are in a dead heat for the NFC East. The Eagles have new life thanks to Nick Foles, who took over for injured Michael Vick at quarterback. Foles has turned into one of the best quarterbacks in the league right now and the Eagles are surging.
Finally, in the NFC North, the Detroit Lions (Yes, the Lions!) are on top, but Green Bay and Chicago are just a game back. Both teams have been riddled with injuries, but hey, the Lions will take what they can get.