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FOR NOV. 13, 2017

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HALFWAY HOME

At the midpoint of the NFL season it's time to take stock. We've already had plenty of surprises. The Rams, 4--12 just a year ago, are rolling at 6--2 and eyeing the playoffs. Carson Wentz has the Eagles atop the NFC, and he's battling the likes of Tom Brady and Alex Smith (yes, seriously) for MVP. What else has shocked us so far, and what should we expect the rest of the way? How does your team look in a crowded field of contenders? For The MMQB's midseason predictions, as well as grades for every team's performance at the halfway mark, go to si.com/nfl

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EARLY LIGHT

A few things are already becoming clear in this young NBA season. For one, the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo has reached a new level of stardom—he might even be the best player in the league. Meanwhile, Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and the new-look Timberwolves are starting to figure things out as they work to become real challengers to the West's elite. The Crossover weighs in on both topics (and much more) at si.com/nba

Paper Anniversary

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the 2016 presidential election. Given a full year to consider Donald Trump's impact on the sports world, si.com's Charles Pierce examines the state of athlete activism and where it will go from here; Tim Layden reflects on the things that unite and divide us, and how the country's politics have played out in often stark terms on our basketball courts and football fields.