It has been a great first half of the 2011 NFL Season for the NFC West Leading San Francisco 49ers (6-1) and their players including OG Mike Iupati and RB Frank Gore. In fact, the Niners seem to be everywhere in Taking It to the House’s First Half Awards and they appear to be a very strong contender for this season’s second half too
(Philadelphia, Pa) — The 2011 NFL Season, titled “Back to Football”, so far has lived up to former league commissioner Bert Bell’s dream of “Any Given Sunday”. Parity is everywhere as there are currently 19 teams with winning records and almost every team – except the reeling Manning-less Indianapolis Colts — seems to have a legitimate chance of winning a playoff spot or at the very least producing “W’s” on a weekly basis.
But nothing in the National Football League should be taken for granted as shown by lower tier teams displaying that they are coming for a fight and not a “show” when facing upper level competition. Both the Jaguars’ 12-7 win over the Ravens on MNF in Week 7 and the formerly winless Rams 31-21 win over the Saints show just how “even” the NFL really is at this time.
Sure there are the defending Super Bowl Champion undefeated Green Bay Packers and the winless reeling Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins (fighting it out for Andrew Luck) at the other end of the spectrum, but in between there is a whole lot more sorting out to do in the second half of the 2011 season. Currently there is glut of 14 teams — over one-third of the league including NO, HOU, OAK, KC, SD, ATL, TB, NYJ, CHI, TEN, CLE, PHI, DAL, WAS — stuck between a record of 3-4 and 5-3 so there should whole a lot more exciting action as these teams sort themselves into “Contenders” and “Pretenders” before January brings the pageantry that is NFL Playoff football. Continue reading “Taking It to the House 2011 NFL Season First Half Awards by Lloyd Vance”