Grading the NFL: 8 games in, Mims gives his NFC Analysis including his MVP rankings
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Seattle. Elaine Thompson | Associated Press

Grading the NFL: 8 games in, Mims gives his NFC Analysis including his MVP rankings

After 8 games you can get a sense of what a team is.

After 8 games you can get a sense of what a team is.

The NFL power rankings gauge week to week prowess. The 8-game mark is a large enough sample size to determine what each team is capable of. Some teams are already in the “Trevor Lawrence Bowl”. They include the Jets, Vikings, Giants and Jags. I did not include the Bengals because they have Joe Burrow.

Today I'm going to be looking at the NFC.

The NFC East: The worst division in football. The Eagles get a C-. Cowboys get a D because they do not have a QB. The injury to Dak Prescott proves devastating to the chances of winning the division. Washington Football gets a D and Giants get a D-. Daniel Jones erratic play and losing Saquon Barkley to injury and have them floundering.

The NFC South: Shaping out as predicted. The Bucs have one of the best offenses in the league. Tom Brady will move into MVP discussion with another solid performance. Bucs get a B+. The Saints are winning without Michael Thomas. Their grade has the potential to go up but for now they get a B. The Panthers and Falcons get C- and a D, respectively. The Falcons earn their grade because of their failures at the end of games.

The NFC West: The best division in football. Seattle gets an A. Russell Wilson gets an A for his outstanding QB play. He is still the leading candidate for MVP. The Cardinals and Rams each get a B. Kyler Murray is playing well, and DeAndre Hopkins is having a stellar year again. The Rams are scary because of their defense. The 49ers get a C because of the many injuries they have had on both sides of the ball but they are fun to watch on offense. 3 teams could make the playoffs from this division.

The NFC North: The Packers are the team sitting on top. They are winning even while missing Aaron Jones at RB. Aaron Rodgers is clicking. The Packers get a B+. Bears are winning ugly and are not impressive offensively. They get a C+. Lions are playing well on the road and get a C. Vikings get an D.

Sports Betting Advice: During the 2nd half of the season look for mismatches. Teams that grade out with a B or higher against a team receiving a D or lower. Money Line play if the point spread is too high. Always wager responsibly.

My MVP candidates: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady. I will only list the leading NFC candidates. I was tempted to bring add Aaron Donald, but he needs to get to double digits in sacks. To date has 9.

Here are the stats of the three MVP QBs:

Wilson is the leader, but Rodgers and Brady are gaining. I placed Brady second because of the head to head win over Rodgers.

My next article will grade the NFL AFC.

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