Parity: 1999-2009

Filed under: by: Stankoniforous 0ne

It's official NFL parity is OVER!  It was certainly fun while it lasted.  For 10 years, you had hope that you could go from worst to first...or prayed you didn't go from first to worst.  It's all over.  A hierarchy is slowly settling in.  Stank-0 been working on this in his head.  It shakes out something like this. 

ELITE:  Steelers, Colts, Saints, Patriots
These teams are clearly the class of the NFL.  Notice there is only one NFC team, there would have been two but the Giants got decapitated last night.  Also notice that record has nothing to do with being an elite team. 

The Steels beat the Vikes, a next tier team.  The Saints had to mount a furious comeback against the Miami Wildcats.  The Colts and Pats humbled their opponents. 

At the other extreme.

HORRIBLE: Rams, Chiefs, Bucs, Browns, Titans
How bad are they?  The only team with a win in this group is the Chiefs. 
Everyone else is in between, either a rung below elite or a rung above horrible. 

NEXT LEVEL:  Broncos, Giants, Bengals, Bears, Ravens, Dolphins, Eagles, Cardinals, Chargers, Cowboys, Falcons, etc.
These are all teams that will usually beat the teams below them, will be hit or miss against those in this group, and have a tough time against the elite.  They have to stay focused when not playing Next Level or Elite because they could mess around and lose, i.e.  the Raiders stunner against the Eagles. 

BETTER THAN BAD: 49ers, Seahawks, Jets, Bills, Raiders, Texans, Redskins, Panthers, etc.
They can be counted on to beat the horrible teams, but everything else is a toss up.  Here's where the Any given Sunday mantra is chanted the most. They can mess around to steal one, i.e. the Jets win against the Patriots. 

A recap:  in descending order

Next Level
Better than Bad

That's straight forward.  Where do you think your team is?  Can you make an argument for another NFC team in the Elite group?  Maybe you can convince Stank-0.


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