By Ray Hamill
If parity floats your boat, you’ve got to love the new-age NFL.
Unfortunately, however, that also means there are a lot of average teams in the league, and the days of the dominating dynasty would appear to be a thing of the past.
Just two weeks into the new season, 18 of the 32 teams are 1-1. What’s more telling, however, is that many of those teams – Dallas, Washington, Detroit, Minnesota, San Francisco, Miami, New England, Pittsburgh and Tennessee among others – have had a distinct jeckyll and Hyde look to them in back-to-back games, one week brilliant, one week awful.
That translates into a lot of unpredictability in the NFL, and who knows what to expect out of these teams on any given Sunday?
It also means there are are no great teams anymore, just a handful of good teams with some obvious weaknesses and a large chasing pack of average joes.
Of the seven unbeaten squads, Denver is perhaps the most complete, but the Broncos have had problems holding onto big leads and for now at least the Super Bowl pounding they received still leaves a bitter aftertaste.
The Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers, Eagles, Bills and Texans have also impressed early, but none of them have the appearance of lasting invincibility, unlike many of the great teams in the past.
The Seahawks could be the best team in the NFL right now, but until they find a way to bring the dominance they display at home out on the road with them, they’ll never be considered a great team.
All in all, that means you can expect a lot of close games and unpredictability this season.
We just don’t know what we’re going to get week-to-week.