The Contenders and Pretenders of the 2011 NFL Season

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The Contenders and Pretenders of the 2011 NFL Season
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We are one week away from the midpoint of the 2011 NFL season. 

At this point the playoff picture is starting to take form, and we can see which teams will be in the running as we head in to the second half of the season. Just like any other year we have our fair share of surprises, as well as some of the usual suspects. 

However, this is the time where some teams that may have gotten off to hot starts will start to show their true colors, while those who struggled at the season's beginning will begin to right the ship.

The real fun is identifying which teams will fall in to their respective patterns and which teams have already shown us who they really are. 

Here are three contenders and three pretenders to watch heading in to the second half of the NFL season.

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