At the midpoint of the 2016 NFL season, our analysts refresh their predictions on the major individual awards, the entire playoff field and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl LI outcomes.
Brian Billick: Packers. The defense has been stronger than I thought and I have to believe that Aaron Rodgers will re-establish his excellence in the second half of the season. I happen to really like what Ty Montgomery can do for this team as a running back and think that might become his home for the long term.
Colleen Wolfe: Packers. I'm worried about the Vikings. The once 5-0 darlings of the division are showing some signs of weakness (or maybe they're just feeling a little too comfortable around us now). Their offensive line and defense dipped out for a couple games -- and until that's fixed, the Packers will happily take back the division title.
Colleen Wolfe: Cowboys.Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and that offensive line have the Cowboys playing like a team programed in a Westworld lab. Cowboys win the NFC East, but Ed Harris is lurking somewhere in the playoff shadows ready to change the entire narrative. It's his world. He makes the rules. Not us.
Colleen Wolfe: Seahawks. Seattle's defense still looks nasty and Jimmy Graham's role in the offense is finally expanding. spirit fingers But @DangeRussWilson has been playing conservatively after multiple injuries limited his mobility to just 44 rushing yards through eight games -- the same number of rushing yards Tom Brady has through four games. That's problematic now, but it won't be in the second half of the season. Dr. Wolfe has all the answers.
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Colleen Wolfe: Eagles. With at least one takeaway in every game through week 8, the defense is flying around like those new invisible cars. By 2017, offensive tackle Lane Johnson will be back with the team, drops will be a thing of the past (RIGHT?) and rookie QB Carson Wentz will continue to address Dak Prescott comparisons while low-key disliking it in the most polite way possible.