Five teams from last years' playoffs are under .500 and teams like the Rams, Bucs, Chiefs and Raiders are contending for playoff spots. Even teams like the Lions and Browns are giving teams a run for their money on a weekly basis. Parity in the NFL this season has fans all over excited about their teams' chances.
For the midway rankings, I will give more detail about each team, and indicate who I believe will be division and wildcard winners.
Teams' previous ranking in ( ).
13. Tennessee Titans (8): The Titans started off 0-6 last year
and came very close to the playoffs. This year, they started 5-2 and
very likely may miss the playoffs. They sit at 5-3 at the midway point
with a tough eight-game schedule remaining after the Week Nine bye.
Considering they still have to face Houston and Indianapolis twice each,
I don't like their odds of playing in January. Miss playoffs.
20. St. Louis Rams (23): I don't think anyone realizes just how good the Rams might be. They were a 1-15 team last year, they drafted a franchise quarterback (Sam Bradford) this year and have a stud running back in Steven Jackson. But after that, they have almost nothing. They sit at 4-4 after eight games, but three of their four losses came by a total of seven points. This team could arguably be 7-1, and no matter how awful their division is, that is something to be proud of. I see no reason that this team couldn't make the playoffs, even with a below average record. NFC West Division Champ.