Midseason Stock Report for All 32 NFL Teams
Midseason Stock Report for All 32 NFL Teams
It is hard to believe, but the NFL season is already half over. At the midseason mark, there are 13 teams resting above .500 while the rest of the league is trying to figure out what their identity will be in the second half of the year.
All 32 teams have a stock report but that does not necessarily mean their fate is set in stone. Just because the Seattle Seahawks’ stock is rising right now does not mean it will not be falling come the end of December. Likewise, even though the Detroit Lions’ stock is down does not mean they cannot get it together and rise up, especially with all of the talent on their roster.
Every single team is given the grade of either stock up or stock down as there is nowhere in between. Even teams that are at .500 are either rising or falling at the midseason point. All 32 teams are listed by record from the worst win percentage to the best. The teams are then listed from worst to best within that specific record group.
For example, the Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers, and Jacksonville Jaguars are all 1-6 on the season so they will begin the slideshow. They are listed in that same specific order because I consider the Chiefs to be the worst team in the league, followed by the Panthers and then the Jaguars.
With only eight games to go, it is crunch time for all 32 teams. Click through the slideshow to see if your team’s stock is rising or falling.
Kansas City Chiefs: Stock Down
The Chiefs are a colossal disappointment this season as many people felt confident they could win the AFC West, especially with Romeo Crennel leading the charge. However, Kansas City faces uncertainty at numerous positions within the organization, including general manger and head coach. Matt Cassel has been dreadful at quarterback and just when Crennel attempts to give the team a boost of confidence by naming Brady Quinn the starter, he goes down with a concussion.
Carolina Panthers: Stock Down
What a difference a year makes. Cam Newton was the talk of the town a season ago after he exploded onto the NFL scene. The second year quarterback is taking plenty of heat from the media and the fan base for Carolina’s struggles. Not to mention, the firing of general manager Marty Hurney after the Panthers started the season out 1-5 is a sign of bad things to come for the rest of the organization. It would take a miracle for this team’s stock to rise before the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Stock Down
The only reason the Jaguars are ahead of the Chiefs and Panthers is because of their decent performance against the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday. I, for one, am not surprised at Jacksonville’s 1-6 record because of their lack of an offense. Blaine Gabbert is still not ready to lead an NFL team and Justin Blackmon’s immaturity does not help. Not to mention, Maurice Jones Drew’s injury has all but guaranteed this team not winning more than three games the entire year.
Cleveland Browns: Stock Up
The Cleveland Browns are trending upward because of their performance in the last three games. Wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers is nothing to be shy about, as the Browns have held opponents to three field goals in the past six quarters of game play. Cleveland held Philip Rivers to 154 passing yards while running back Trent Richardson rushed for 122 yards. The Browns are still missing a few key pieces on both sides of the ball, but another solid draft could make this team a contender next year.
New Orleans Saints: Stock Down
The loss against the Denver Broncos pretty much summed up the New Orleans Saints season in a nutshell. Every time the team looks to be getting back on track they run into a brick wall that displays their flaws and puts them one game further away from a postseason berth. It is remarkable to watch a team with so much talent do so poorly week in and week out. It is quite obvious the lack of a strong leader whose name is not Drew Brees is having a bigger effect on the team than anyone could have imagined. Without Sean Payton on the sidelines, the offense does not have an identity.
New York Jets: Stock Down
How the mighty have fallen. It was not that long ago the New York Jets were playing for back-to-back Super Bowl berths. Now, the team has lost several key players to injuries and the players remaining are simply not getting the job done. Mark Sanchez has shown no signs of having the ability to be an NFL quarterback, while the Tim Tebow experiment does not seem to be working out. It appears Rex Ryan has completely lost control of his football team, which could be the reason why he is jobless this off-season.
Tennessee Titans: Stock Up
If Chris Johnson and the running game could ever get it together, the Tennessee Titans would be far better than 3-5. They may not be a playoff team this year but if Jake Locker can remain healthy next season, there is no telling what this team could do. With young key playmakers on both sides of the ball, the sky is the limit for the Titans.
St. Louis Rams: Stock Up
Head coach Jeff Fisher has done wonders for the St. Louis Rams while offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is starting to break Sam Bradford out of his shell. Bradford’s passer rating has improved but he still must figure out a way to stop throwing so many interceptions. The top draft picks should pay off soon which means this team is definitely on the rise. If the defense can get back to limiting teams to an average of 14 points per game then the Rams should win at least four more games this season.
Washington Redskins: Stock Up
With Robert Griffin III under center every week, the Washington Redskins will have a legitimate chance to win the ball game. Griffin is everything as advertised and will improve as the years go on. However, Washington has to be concerned with the amount of hits he appears to be taking. Also, Redskins fans have to hope he does not struggle in his sophomore year such as Newton is doing this season. An improved defense will keep Washington’s stock rising, but without it, the team will level out at best.
Buffalo Bills: Stock Down
The Buffalo Bills continue to write the same story in a different book each season. Once again, there were high hopes for a Bills team filled with talented players with high expectations. As usual, those players do not meet those expectations and the overall team suffers because of it. The defense was supposed to be the best part of the team after Buffalo signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson this past off-season. Now, it appears it is the worst part of the team as the defense has surrendered 132 points in their last three games.
Cincinnati Bengals: Stock Down
Cincinnati could be facing their first four-game losing streak since 2010. Considering their next two games are against the Broncos and the New York Giants, it appears a five-game losing streak is in order. This team should have a much better record with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green lining up on offense, but the lack of a running game has really hurt the team. Not to mention, Dalton’s 10 interceptions does not help. The Bengals were a playoff team a year ago, but do not appear geared up to make the same run this season.
Philadelphia Eagles: Stock Down
The Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in a giant hole for the second year in a row. This is a team loaded with talent that just cannot seem to get it together. After firing the defensive coordinator, it appears Michael Vick will be next as even he is not confident his starting job is safe. At this point, Andy Reid must do whatever it takes to keep his job and that could mean a drastic change amongst the ranks. Next week’s Monday night game against New Orleans should give fans a good idea the direction Philadelphia is heading.
Oakland Raiders: Stock Up
The Oakland Raiders’ stock is rising after winning three of their past five games to remain a game behind the Broncos in the AFC West. All signs point to them not clinching a postseason berth this year but sound moves made by general manager Reggie McKenzie and the outstanding job by head coach Dennis Allen has given the fan base reasons to believe. A solid 2013 draft could be exactly what this team needs to rise up above the competition in their division.
Detroit Lions: Stock Down
The Lions have to be considered one of the bigger disappointments this season after their impressive run last year. Expectations were very high in Detroit but the Lions have come nowhere close to delivering. Matthew Stafford has done a terrific job passing the ball as he is averaging 310.1 yards per game but is having a harder time getting in the end zone. Not to mention, the fact Calvin Johnson and him have not been on the same page all year has really hurt the team. The two have not connected on a touchdown this season, which has destroyed fantasy teams around the world.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stock Up
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stock is on the rise after winning two of their past three games after starting the season out 1-3. Tampa Bay has scored at least 28 points in their past three games as the offense is finally starting to click together. Any team that continues to improve on a steady pace each week has to have a stock that is rising and that is exactly what the Buccaneers have been doing. There is already a great core of key players in place and a solid draft next year could potentially make this team a contender in 2013 as long as they stay the course.
San Diego Chargers: Stock Down
The stock in southern California has been dropping at a steady pace for the past few years as the Chargers have been unable to pull it together. San Diego has one of the best teams on paper but can never transition it to the field. General manager A.J. Smith deserves to lose his job along with head coach Norv Turner. If Rivers cannot find a way to motivate the offense or stop throwing interceptions, then he will be next.
Dallas Cowboys: Stock Down
The Dallas Cowboys have a terrible offense with all of the blame falling on the shoulders of quarterback Tony Romo. His 13 interceptions this season is pathetic and the Cowboys’ inability to protect him is even worse. The running game is non-existent which allows teams to tee off on Romo and force him to make the wrong reads. Dallas’ defense has been terrific even after they are put in very difficult situations every single game. However, just like the Chargers, the inability to transition the talent on paper to the field is what weighs the stock down.
Arizona Cardinals: Stock Down
The Arizona Cardinals’ roller coaster ride of a season is trending downward at a rapid pace. Arizona started the season 4-0 with everything going right. Kevin Kolb was playing how everyone thought he would when he came to the Cardinals and the defense ranked among the league’s best. Since then, the Cardinals have lost four straight games after Kolb suffered an injury and the defense came back down to Earth.
Seattle Seahawks: Stock Up
The Seattle Seahawks dominate at home with the support of the 12th man behind them and a terrible call by the replacement referees. A 3-0 home record has not transitioned well on the road as the Seahawks look to be a team without an identity. Seattle’s defense is the No. 1 reason why the team’s stock is on the rise this season. Not to mention, the offense will come around as Russell Wilson learns more and more how to be an efficient NFL quarterback. With Pete Carroll leading this young team, expect good things to come within the next couple years.
Indianapolis Colts: Stock Up
Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have doubled their win total from a season ago. The defense has been on fire and has caused all sorts of problems for quarterbacks across the league, which includes MVP Aaron Rodgers. The Colts are playing with an aggressiveness that is hard to be matched. The offense will improve as each game passes while Luck continues to get better. This team is on a completely different level from a year ago which is exactly why their stock is rising.
Miami Dolphins: Stock Up
The Miami Dolphins struggled mightily at the start of the season but have since turned it around. They have an impressive three-game win streak going and look ready to make a decent run in the second half of the season. Even if quarterback Ryan Tannehill is down for a couple games with an injury, there is no worry in Miami. Matt Moore was impressive last season for the Dolphins down the stretch and could easily do be the same quarterback again this year.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Stock Up
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 4-3 record may be a disappointment to some but it does not mean their stock is falling at the midseason mark. Pittsburgh’s stock is still on the rise as they are playing top notch football despite multiple injuries on the offensive line. A solid running game makes Ben Roethlisberger that much more dangerous as he continues to have an outstanding season. The defense is struggling as they are dealing with their fair share of injuries, but an offense as good as the Steelers should be able to carry the team into the playoffs.
Denver Broncos: Stock Up
Peyton Manning is finally starting to get it together as the offense is putting up big numbers week in and week out. The established running game is doing wonders for Manning, as he is able to pick apart defenses at will. Manning has also done a terrific job spreading the football as four wide receivers have at least three touchdown receptions. Denver's stock is not solely on the rise because of Manning, though. The defense has also been phenomenal as Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil continue to get after quarterbacks.
Minnesota Vikings: Stock Down
The Minnesota Vikings are falling back down to Earth after their hot start. The team’s stock will continue to fall in the second half of the season, as they will face one of the more brutal schedules in the league. Not to mention, the quarterback play in Minnesota is still a major issue. Too many teams have found out the hard way it is difficult to win in the NFL without a solid signal caller. Adrian Peterson can only do so much for the offense.
New England Patriots: Stock Up
The New England Patriots may have three losses but they are clearly still the team to beat in the AFC East. Any offense with Tom Brady under center is going to be good, especially when he has multiple weapons to choose from amongst his receivers. New England is once again on a mission to prove they are still among the elite teams in the league. Not to mention, Bill Belichick will never allow one of his teams to quit.
Green Bay Packers: Stock Up
The Packers appeared to be in trouble after losses to the San Francisco 49ers, Seahawks, and Colts earlier this season. However, Rodgers is finally playing like an MVP and the offense still has an arsenal of weapons despite several key injuries. It also certainly helps that the defense has shown up this season with Clay Matthews playing like a beast. Not to mention, the Packers are riding a three-game win streak.
Baltimore Ravens: Stock Down
Many people may be surprised to see a team with a 5-2 record have a down stock. However, the multiple key injuries will force the Baltimore Ravens to play outside the norm, which will make it very difficult to win football games. The Ravens are still talented enough to overcome the injuries and make the playoffs, but if they lose any more players, their chances will diminish quickly. Baltimore may have been the right pick in the beginning of the year to win the AFC, but that no longer appears to be the case.
San Francisco 49ers: Stock Up
The 49ers might be the best put together team in the league, which is certainly scary for opponents in the NFC. San Francisco can run and stop the run at will and will do so all the way through the playoffs. The offense has been terrific and the defense remains one of the best in the business. With an offensive line this good, the 49ers will be unstoppable down the stretch, especially in cold weather games.
New York Giants: Stock Up
The defending Super Bowl champions have the complete package and are ready to make another serious run at a title. Eli Manning has established himself as an elite quarterback and can win the close games. The defense is very aggressive and is considered the toughest in the NFL, as they are able to stop the run and get to the quarterback consistently. Above everything else, New York has the postseason experience that gives them confidence to head-to-head with anyone.
Chicago Bears: Stock Up
The addition of Brandon Marshall has done wonders for Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. There is no question this team is on the rise as their only loss this season came against the Packers at Lambeau Field. However, the Bears have done this before where they build momentum all season by winning numerous games but fail to show up at the end of the year when it matters most. No one can deny Chicago is playing their best offense in years and the defense has been dominant as usual, but they still must finish strong to be considered elite.
Houston Texans: Stock Up
The Houston Texans are dominating in every part of the game. They can beat teams with the pass while they can also win by handing the ball off to Arian Foster for a majority of the game. Also, the Texans’ defense is so good that the offense does not even have to score a lot of points to win. J.J. Watt is not only heavily favored to win Defensive Player of the Year, but he is also a MVP candidate. Wade Phillips has done a tremendous job with the defense since arriving in Houston, as it appears no offense can beat them. This team has the build to be successful for many years to come.
Atlanta Falcons: Stock Up
The undefeated Atlanta Falcons are about as consistent as they come. Quarterback Matt Ryan is heavily favored to be the NFL MVP while the receivers have been phenomenal. Atlanta has three receivers who have hauled in at least 35 receptions for 459 yards and four touchdowns. Mix in one of the best running backs in the business and the Falcons have an offense that cannot be stopped. The defense should not get short-changed as they have put the heat on some very talented quarterbacks. The one thing going against Atlanta is that it is easy to right them off since they have not won a playoff game since 2004.