NFL Report Cards: Team-by-Team Grades for the Regular Season

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NFL Report Cards: Team-by-Team Grades for the Regular Season
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A football season is a mini lifetime. It's amazing to look back on it and see how much has changed. 

• Remember when the Falcons were locks to make the playoffs?

• Remember when Ben Roethlisberger got hurt (several times) and the Steelers appeared to be finished?

• Remember when Russell Wilson was having a hard time living up to his new contract?

• Remember when the Cowboys were 2-0?

• Remember your preseason Colts Super Bowl prediction?

• Remember the 1-5, utterly hopeless Kansas City Chiefs?

• Remember wondering if anyone could beat the Patriots or Packers?

• Remember when Cam Newton was just another young quarterback with something to prove?

A lot has changed in the last four months, and these final report cards reflect those changes. While the grades are weighted slightly toward second-half accomplishments, the report cards remember when the Rams looked like a playoff team and the Texans didn't.

The grades are based on the GPAs that have been calculated all year, but they are curved a little to prevent the whole league from falling somewhere between C- and B- (as happens when you collect 17 sets of grades). Week 17 results count for a little, but not as much as other weeks.

These grades are meaningless now that the playoffs are here. But then, they were always meaningless. Think of this as a 2015 yearbook, a chance to reflect on just how many ups and downs every NFL team experienced since the start of September.

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