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Anthony Stalter
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Anthony Stalter

Senior Sports Editor for The Scores Report

Parity reigns supreme


It would be easier to land a date with Jenn Sterger right now than it would be to figure out who the best team in the NFL is.

The Packers are a walking infirmary, the Colts' run defense just showed up for the first time all season in the second half of their win against the Chiefs last week and the Saints just lost to an undrafted rookie quarterback.

Someone could make a case for the Ravens or Falcons being No. 1, but Baltimore's loss to Cincinnati in Week 2 looks even worse given the Bengals recent struggles and the Falcons are one less Garrett Hartley missed field goal and Roddy White strip of Nate Clements from being 2-3.

The best teams right now arguably reside in East Rutherford and Pittsburgh, where the Steelers went 3-1 despite starting a combination of Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch for the first four weeks of the season and the Jets are currently on a four game winning streak. (How good does LaDainian Tomlinson look again? What an offseason signing by Mike Tannenbaum.)

But even those two teams don't come without their weaknesses. Can Pittsburgh's secondary hold up? Are they going to ditch the run again now that Big Ben is back? Can Mark Sanchez continue to develop the way he has over the last four weeks or is the Week 1 Mark Sanchez about to rear his ugly head again? Can Darrelle Revis stay healthy? Can LT continue play like it's 2006 again?

There is no clear-cut No. 1 team in the NFL right now and the records prove it. Will the Saints and Colts eventually figure it out and start running through their competition again like they did last year? Maybe, although the Saints have a ton of injury concerns right now and teams have started to figure out ways to beat the Colts. If the Chiefs had anything resembling an offense, they may have beaten Indy last Sunday the way Tamba Hali made Ryan Diem look like he was playing on ice skates.

Parity once again reigns supreme and if you're a general football fan, you're glad it does. Remember the days when you sat down with your friends or family members and went over the schedule game by game making predictions? Okay, let's see: Bills? Loss. Jets? Win. Cowboys? Loss. Packers? Loss. Falcons? Win. Bengals? Win.

But now you watch games and you don't have the faintest idea what will transpire and you know what? It's fun this way. You don't want to go to the movies having an idea how it's going to end. You want to be entertained for a couple of hours and enjoy the process. That's what the NFL is about right now and while some clamor for the old days where you knew who the teams to beat were, it looks like parity is here to stay.

So enjoy the process.

By Anthony Stalter  |  October 12, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , NFL , New Orleans Saints , New York Jets , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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