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And Another Thing


Nobody For Long

That's pretty much what "NFL" stands for these days.

This occurred to me yesterday as I sat in front of my TV set and watched the New England Patriots (previously kibble for the Cleveland Browns) ball-peen the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers (previously thought to be invincible after starting 3-1 without Ben "Crime Scene" Roethlisberger). Oh, and as I watched the Dallas Cowboys (previous address: Crash Site, USA) chew and swallow the New York Giants (previous address: Best Team In The NFC On Account Of Winning Six Of Their Last Seven).

The dumbest guys in America right now are the ones flocking to the building with the sign that reads "Bet The NFL Here." Only someone with the IQ of a tree stump would put money on an NFL game now, because, as Herodotus might have said after going all in on Troy, inconstancy is its only constancy.

First the Colts lose to Philadelphia; then they lose a few more important pieces and knock around the Bengals. Every week the Bears are going to be exposed as some sort of cheesy knockoff; now they've sent the Vikings home in a crate and are 6-3 and undefeated in their division.

Remember when the Houston Texans were the sexy pick to win the AFC South?

Now they're 4-5 and in last place.

Remember when the Denver Broncos were awful, just awful?

They just hung 49 on the Chiefs, who, as Patriots West, were a shrewd choice to win the AFC West.

Instead, they're 5-4 and tied with the Raiders. Nine teams in the NFL right now are either 5-4 or 4-5; after tonight there'll be 10. The division leaders are 7-2, 7-2, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 and 5-4.

So does anyone really have an edge on anyone else in the NFL right now?

Well, yes, as a matter of fact.

I mean, parity is kickin' butt.

Ben Smith's blog.