2014 NFL Midseason Grades: The Arizona Cardinals, with a league-leading 7-1 record, earn top marks, while the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both in downward spirals this season, get failing marks.

By Chris Burke
November 05, 2014

In what has now become an annual tradition, we are swapping out this week's Power Rankings for first-half grades.

2014 Midseason Report: Awards | Rookies | Turning Points | Sour Rankings

The goal of these grades is to balance a team's record and current standing with what was expected of it before the 2014 season kicked off. So, you are going to notice the curve -- a few teams in playoff contention have not necessarily performed as they should, while some rebuilding squads have done a nice job.

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With that, we press onward ... 

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