The 2010 NFL Season has been a model season for parity in professional sports. The Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs all hold at least a share of the lead in their divisions through 11 weeks of the season. That's right, those Oakland Raiders are in first place in the AFC West and would be hosting New England if the playoffs started today.
Meanwhile, enough of the traditional powerhouses and big names are still in the running to keep ratings at an all-time high. For instance, in the AFC the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers all appear to be playoff bound.
The real winners this season have been the fans, as the number of cupcake games on the schedule has been drastically reduced, and the level of competition week in and week out is the best it has ever been. The losers have been those of us trying to make predictions and establish some sort of order in a year that has twenty teams still in the running after 10 weeks of the season.