It’s the halfway point of the NFL season, and so far it’s been eight weeks filled with plenty of surprises and not too much great football.

Among the surprises:

  • The Buffalo Bills were supposed to be tanking, and yet they’re 5-2 heading into a brutal stretch of their schedule the next five weeks.
  • The Los Angeles Rams come out of their bye tied for first place in the NFC West.
  • The Minnesota Vikings lead the NFC North with their starting quarterback playing two games and Case Keenum taking over as the starter.
  • The Oakland Raiders, a preseason Super Bowl pick by many, are now 3-5 heading into the second half of the season.
  • The New Orleans Saints lead the NFC South and may actually have a defense. Yes, the Saints have a defense.

Will all these things stay this way as we head to the second half? Probably not, but November is a month for separating from the pack and showing growth as a team. The teams that do that will be playoff teams.

Read more at CBS Sports



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