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Joel Thorman
Chiefs Blogger

Joel Thorman

Co-editor of Arrowhead Pride, a Kansas City Chiefs website.

Parity is plentiful


The best part about the NFL is parity. You know there's a good chance some team is going to go from last to first in their division. You figure a team that was in the Super Bowl may not even qualify for the playoffs next year. The team that was once on top of the world are now looking up at everyone else.

There are so many surprises each week and that's why we keep coming back. Through two weeks into the NFL season the surprises have started to pile up. Teams that weren't expected to win -- the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Bucs and Chicago Bears -- are sporting a 2-0 record and reasons to think they can sustain at least some of that success. History says at least one of those teams will make the playoffs and, well, I imagine many people didn't have the Chiefs winning the AFC West or the Bears taking the NFC North.

On the flip side of the surprises, you've got teams like that haven't started so hot, namely the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. These were teams that plenty of folks pegged to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. History also says one of those teams (or both) won't make the playoffs.

The biggest surprises are always the teams that we thought would run deep into the playoffs only to see them blow it. The Vikings or the Cowboys 0-2 record is the most surprising stat from the start of the 2010 season.

By Joel Thorman  |  September 21, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  | Category:  Chicago Bears , Dallas Cowboys , Kansas City Chiefs , Minnesota Vikings , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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