It's the midpoint (roughly) of the 2013 season, and pretty much everything we predicted in August has been trashed.
Nearly a third of the NFL teams have had to make quarterback changes. Four 2012 playoff teams — the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons — have a combined mark of 7-21. The champion Baltimore Ravens are trudging along at 3-4.
But we're here to celebrate the first half — the surprises, standouts and superlatives — and make a few predictions of how the second half of the season will turn out.
The Shutdown Corner team of Frank Schwab, Jay Busbee, Anwar Richardson and Eric Edholm cast votes at each position for our midseason All-Pro picks (12 on offense and 12 on defense, to account for various schemes), plus a few other picks for our favorite moments through Week 8.
Let us know how we did.
The voting results ...
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver (4)
Running back: LeSean McCoy, Eagles (4); Jamaal Charles, Kansas City (3); Frank Gore, San Francisco (1)
Receiver: Calvin Johnson, Detroit (4); Jordy Nelson, Green Bay (3); Dez Bryant, Dallas (2); A.J. Green, Cincinnati (2); Wes Welker, Denver (1)
Tight end: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans (4)
Offensive tackle: Nate Solder, New England (3); Doug Free, Dallas (2); Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati (1); Andre Smith, Cincinnati (1); Joe Staley, San Francisco (1)
Offensive guard: Louis Vasquez, Denver (4); Evan Mathis, Philadelphia (4)
Center: Alex Mack, Cleveland (2), Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets (1), Chris Myers, Houston (1)
Defensive end: Robert Quinn, St. Louis (4); J.J. Watt, Houston (3); Mario Williams, Buffalo (1)
Defensive tackle: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati (3); Jason Hatcher, Dallas (2); Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay (1); Dontari Poe, Kansas City (1); Ndamukong Suh, Detroit (1)
Outside linebacker: Robert Mathis, Indianapolis (2), Lavonte David, Tampa Bay (2); Justin Houston, Kansas City (2); Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati (1); Lance Briggs, Chicago (1)
Inside linebacker: Sean Lee, Dallas (3); Derrick Johnson, Kansas City (2); NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco (2); Karlos Dansby, Arizona (1)
Cornerback: Richard Sherman, Seattle (4); Aqib Talib, New England (3); Alterraun Verner, Tennessee (1).
Safety: Earl Thomas, Seattle (4); Eric Berry, Kansas City (2); Jim Leonhard, Buffalo (1); T.J. Ward, Cleveland (1).
Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski, New England (2); Matt Prater, Denver (1); Nick Folk, N.Y. Jets (1)
Punter: Andy Lee, San Francisco (1); Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City (1); Johnny Hekker, St. Louis (1); Marquette King, Oakland (1).
Returner: Cordarrelle Paterson, Minnesota (3); Trindon Holliday, Denver (1)
(NOTE: Our four writers were randomly assigned to break the ties on the midseason All-Pro team.)
And here are our midseason awards:
If you don't recognize some of the faces above ...
Offensive player: Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Manning, Manning
Defensive player: Robert Mathis, Richard Sherman, J.J. Watt, Robert Quinn
Coach: Sean Payton, Andy Reid, Reid, Bill Belichick
Offensive rookie: Eddie Lacy, DeAndre Hopkins, Giovani Bernard, Lacy
Defensive rookie: Kiko Alonso, Alonso, Sheldon Richardson, Kenny Vaccaro
Comeback player: LeSean McCoy, McCoy, McCoy, Robert Griffin III
Biggest injury (from top to bottom): Reggie Wayne, Julio Jones, Jones, Wilfork
First coach fired (from top to bottom): Mike Smith, Leslie Frazier, Frazier, Frazier
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