This is Yard Barker's Chris Mueller.
The NFL season has reached its halfway point with plenty of unexpected storylines, from the unbeaten Steelers to the two and five Patriots to the Antonio Brown saga descending on Tampa dominating the headlines instead, though, of looking back at all that has happened, we'll choose instead to make some bold predictions about what the biggest stories of second half are going to be.
The first is an interesting race brewing for offensive rookie of the year.
Cincinnati's Joe Burrow in Los Angeles is Justin Herbert of both had many impressive moments this season.
Despite their team's poor overall records, Herbert looks at the inside track of the award.
Right now, he's got a 100 or five passer rating.
That's eighth best in the NFL in his six starts, ahead of big names like Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
While Borough, despite garnering a lot of praise for his toughness, his playmaking ability sits at 91.
4, which is 25th in the league.
The charges themselves are interesting in a broader sense.
Despite being two and five on the season, they've got the kind of schedule that makes it possible for them to go on a second half run and perhaps creep into the A F C playoff picture.
Ah, place where they would already be if they could just hold double digit leads.
Another story to watch is the race for the top seed in the NFC Seattle Green Bay in Tampa Bay.
All have six wins.
As it stands right now, though, the Seahawks do have a game in hand for now.
On the other, to all.
Three teams have been impressive this year, but Green Bay's lack of weapons outside of Davante Adams and Erin Jones in Seattle's complete lack of a defense, particularly a secondary, are worrisome.
On paper, Tampa Bay looks like the most complete team in the conference.
But with Antonio Brown now entering the mix, that wide receiver nobody could be entirely sure if the team's talent will carry the day or if egos will get in the way and sabotage the process.
A lot of how that shakes out depends on how well Tom Brady can manage the entire situation.
The last big story toe watch concerns two teams who are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, in the New York Jets.
The Steelers are the league's lone remaining unbeaten team, while the Jets are the only winless team left.
History tells us that it's more likely that New York ends up going on 16, then Pittsburgh going 16, and, oh, and the eye test backs that up.
The Jets have been non competitive in just about every game.
While the Steelers, despite their record, have looked vulnerable at various points this year and are fortunate to be unbeaten after the last two weeks.
The Jets, going on 16, will get Adam gays fired no matter what, New York's top breath says.
And conversely, Mike Tomlin can get ready for his Coach of the year award, and Ben Roethlisberger can prep for his Comeback Player of the Year speech.
If the Steelers keep this up, though, those two awards would be secondary to what they'd really be chasing.
A league record seventh Super Bowl.
There are many other stories in play during the second half of the NFL season, but those are my picks for the most interesting ones.
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I'm Chris Mueller