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It Looks Pretty Even At This Stage


I love this time of the year. With Minnesota losing to Pittsburgh and the Saints struggling with the last-place Dolphins on the same weekend that the Colts destroy the lowly Rams and the Patriots crush the terrible Bucs, it's easy to look at the NFL and see it leaning AFC.

And maybe it is. Denver is a surprising 6-0. Cincinnati is 5-2 and in a tie for first in their division with Pittsburgh. Many people were picking Baltimore and San Diego as Super Bowl contenders and they both sit at 3-3. That's how good the AFC has been through seven weeks.

But numbers can lie. Sure the Giants lost to Arizona last night, but that's the same Cardinals team that went to the Super Bowl last year. And Dallas looked miserable for a few weeks, but sits at 4-2 in a tough division. The Eagles can get to 4-2 with a win tonight. Minnesota, even after losing -- on the road -- against Pittsburgh, is still 6-1. Green Bay is riding back-to-back wins to 4-2. Atlanta is 4-2 after a loss, on the road. And oh yes, the Saints are 6-0 and look to have the best offense since the Rams' Best Show on Turf. And the Saints play on turf.

So no, the AFC isn't dominant. Top to bottom, the AFC is probably the better conference. But let's look at the teams over .500 so far this year

AFC: Patriots (5-2), Jets (4-3), Bengals (5-2), Steelers (5-2), Colts (6-0), Texans (4-3), Broncos (6-0).

NFC: Giants (5-2), Cowboys (4-2), Eagles (3-2), Vikings (6-1), Packers (4-2), Saints (6-0), Falcons (4-2), Cardinals (4-2).

Safe bet says half those teams won't make the playoffs. And safer bet says that the Colts and Saints look like -- today -- the two best teams. Who would pick Denver or Cincinnati over the Vikings or the Giants? Not many. So no, right now, this looks to be pretty even.

Give it a few weeks and we could be asking this same question about the NFC.

By Dan Levy  |  October 26, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  | Category:  Dan Levy , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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