NFL Week 3: Separating Contenders From Pretenders

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NFL Week 3: Separating Contenders From Pretenders
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Favre's winless Vikings now find themselves tied with Detroit at the bottom of the NFC North at 0-2.

Crazy?  Unthinkable?  Disappointed?  Shocking?

Yes, to be plain.

It is safe to say that the first two weeks of the NFL season have come as a major surprise to many—if not all of us. 

A few teams rose, and a few teams now find themselves in the cellar of their respectable divisions and now find themselves ready to hit the "panic" button just through two weeks of the NFL season.

Only two teams scored a touchdown on their opening-day drive—the first time in a long time since that has happened.

Teams with defenses that were supposed to dominate the opposing offenses didn't to say the least.  High-powered offenses that were designed to trample weaker defenses didn't get the job done.

EIght teams are still able to call themselves undefeated, and eight teams now find themselves ready to implode.

It is pretty safe to say that we can now call this one of the more unexpected starts to any NFL season.

With so many teams off and running with a jump-started season, you have to find yourself wondering which teams are legit, and which teams are just fluking their way through the early parts of the season.

Breaking down these teams carefully by classifying them as either "Contender" or "Pretender" is what we all really want to get to.

Where does your team stand?

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