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10 QUESTIONS FOR THE SECOND HALF
JIM TROTTER
November 07, 2011
A wild—and weird—eight weeks have left plenty of issues still to be settled
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November 07, 2011

10 Questions For The Second Half

A wild—and weird—eight weeks have left plenty of issues still to be settled

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6 Who'll win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes?

It's a race between the winless Dolphins and Colts. The nod goes to Indy, which is getting worse by the week. Miami at least waits until the fourth quarter to collapse.

7 Which team will clinch its division first?

The Niners—they already have a four-game lead in the NFC West, face the free-falling Redskins on Sunday and have five of their final eight against teams with two wins or less.

8 Can the Eagles live up to the Dream Team moniker?

If that means winning the NFC East after a 1--4 start, yes. But don't expect a deep playoff run. Philly's run defense and O-line are too inconsistent.

9 Will the Carson Palmer experiment pan out?

How could it not? Simple: 31-year-old QBs don't sit out an entire off-season, miss the first month and a half, then play consistently at a high level.

10 Will Matt Forte finally get paid?

Not before year's end. While the Bears were quick to throw money at outsiders like Julius Peppers, Jay Cutler and Chester Taylor, they're playing hardball with a homegrown back who leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage, is a close second in the MVP race and is making just $550,000 in the final year of his rookie deal.

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