NFL ENTERS SECOND HALF AS RACE TO PLAYOFFS INTENSIFIES
The second half of the NFL season gets underway this week and the race to the playoffs is in full swing.
Week 10 starts on Thursday night (8:00 PM ET, NFL Network) when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will conclude on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Kansas City Chiefs.
“We’re 5-3 and we’re now searching for 6-3,” says Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN, whose team defeated the New York Giants 24-20 on Sunday. “Hopefully that win is a big step for us in terms of us trying to be the football team that we desire to be. Now it’s back to business and moving forward to next week’s challenges.”
The Steelers are one of 13 teams with at least five wins through the first nine weeks of the season. Halfway through the season, almost nothing is clear. There’s still plenty of football left to be played and a lot can happen.
“You’ve got to survive in this league and find a way to win,” says head coach GARY KUBIAK of the 7-1 Houston Texans. “It’s about winning and finding a way to get it done.”
While the Texans have the best record in the AFC, the Atlanta Falcons remain the league’s lone unbeaten team after a 19-13 win over Dallas.
The Falcons are the 15th team since 1978 – when the NFL introduced the 16-game schedule – to start a season 8-0. Of the previous 14 teams to get to the halfway point undefeated, nine advanced to the Super Bowl (64.3 percent).
“I want to be 16-0,” says Atlanta wide receiver RODDY WHITE, who leads the team with 709 receiving yards. “Well, 19-0.”
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