We’ve hit the midseason point in the National Football League, and many surprises have come with this season. After going 2-14 and finishing last in the league a year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs are off to a 9-0 start in 2013, the best record in the NFL.
Peyton Manning started the season off with a boom, throwing seven touchdown passes in the season opener. The Denver Broncos are off to a 7-1 start, making the race between the two a tight one.
The San Francisco 49ers got off to a rough start this season, starting out with a record of 1-2. But since then they have gone on a five-game winning streak going into the bye week this past weekend.
“Besides the speed bumps in weeks two and three where the San Francisco 49ers were out performed and not ready to play, the 49ers have been a dominant and smash-mouth type of football team,” said Sonoma State junior Domenic Vaiasicca, a die-hard 49ers fan. “After the two losses, I believe the 49ers could win their remaining 13 games, with tough matchups against New Orleans and Seattle.”
The 49ers look to continue their success this season after a heartbreaking loss in the Super Bowl last season against the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers have their hands full with a tough NFC West Division, where they look to battle it out with the Seattle Seahawks for the title.
The Seahawks have gone 8-1 so far this season, with a win this past Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It looks like it will be set up to be a historic battle between the two young quarterbacks, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick.
On the opposite side of the bay, the Oakland Raiders have got off to a better start than previous seasons. Although they still post a record 3-5, the team looks hopeful for the future. With the emergence of young quarterback Terelle Pryor, the Raiders have a new secret weapon under center. Pryor’s mobility gives the Raiders a whole new element on the field. He is able to create plays with his legs when things fall apart, giving the Raiders a whole new threat. Although this past Sunday they lost 49-20 to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Raiders’ future looks bright with Pryor, and an underrated defense led by second year head coach Dennis Allen.
Although Pryor, Kaepernick and Wilson are all emerging as young stars in the NFL, quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins are the most talked about young talents. While both had spectacular rookie seasons last year, this year their careers have taken opposite directions.
Luck has led the Colts to a 6-2 and first place atop the AFC South Division. Luck has done more than what was asked of him after becoming the successor to the legendary Manning. Griffin III has struggled this year while returning from a torn ACL injury. The Redskins are 3-5 so far this season, but they did pull off a win in overtime this past Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
It looks to be an exciting second half of the NFL season. Manning is on pace to break the record of most passing touchdowns in a season, and many others are hopeful to put their names in the record book. As it comes down to the final stretch, the intensity will be turned up as every team looks to make it into the playoffs, and ultimately the Super Bowl.