One of the many things that has made NFL football so great over the years is that familiar phrase: "any given Sunday."
I'm not talking about the movie, either. People enjoy watching football because there has always been the feeling that any team can win any given Sunday, particularly during the Salary Cap era.
Someone tell that to all of the teams that got blown-out by halftime in Week Seven.
A quick look at the standings shows that there are quite a few teams with one win or less. The Browns, Titans, Lions, Bucs, and Rams are all playing for pride at this point. There is no way any of them will make the playoffs.
Consider that the Redskins, Raiders, Panthers, and Seahawks are terrible teams with more than one win and it's a shame that one of the teams in this bunched group won't pick until the ninth selection in the first round of next year's draft.
One common theme among most of these teams is first-year head coaches.
Whether they need time to bring in players that can play in their own systems or they just aren't ready to be head coaches, this year can already be chalked up as a failure for all of these franchises. Time to start preparing for the draft.
Also, most of these teams are lucky to have one superstar player. It's hard to lead your team to victory if you are Calvin Johnson, Steven Jackson, or Chris Johnson, if the rest of your team can't help out.
There are also three teams that are still undefeated at this point. Usually we only have one team at this point looking at 16-0. This also doesn't include the Vikings, Patriots, and Steelers.
Look at what the Saints did. It looked like they were going to be embarrassed by the Dolphins last week until they decided to try a little harder. The top teams look like they are far and above the rest of the league.
And who gets the top-billing on these teams? The head coaches and the superstars.
The elite teams make it hard to evaluate teams like the preseason-favorite Giants when they lose to teams like the Saints. Are the Giants that bad or are the Saints that much better than everyone else?
While we feel it is a little disappointing watching some of these blowouts, the postseason should be that much better.
Would you rather watch an 8-8 team in the playoffs or two 13-3 teams playing each other? The best of the best squaring off in the playoffs will create an entertaining January.
Games down the stretch will be exciting as well. The "flex" scheduling means that you are bound to hear Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels calling some great games in December.
In the end, the NFL probably won't be any different than in years past. A couple of the current bottom-feeders will win another three or four games the rest of the season and a couple teams will fall off from the top.
Remember when people were predicting a Jets-Giants Super Bowl last month?
The NFL is still far from predictable.