Approaching midseason, disappointment seems to dot the NFL landscape. Maybe it's always that way, but it does feel more so this year. Dallas, Minnesota, San Diego and San Francisco were all popular picks to win their divisions, but they own a grand total of six wins through the first seven weeks of the season.
New Orleans and Green Bay, another pair of Super Bowl contenders, are scuffling along at 4-3, far from taking control of their playoff races. In Cincinnati (2-4), Miami (3-3) and Arizona (3-3), no one knows quite what to make of 2010 so far.
Nice surprises like Kansas City, Seattle and Tampa Bay (all 4-2) have emerged, but with 10 teams owning two or fewer wins, the season already feels over for about a third of the league. With no unbeatens left, and only three teams with one loss (the Jets, Patriots and Steelers), true excellence is in short supply this year.
Maybe the best is still to come, and we'll wind up with a great final two-plus months and plenty of close division races. But so far, 2010 has been a bit of a muddle, with more teams struggling than thriving. Who knew the uncapped year would be so uninspiring?
And now on to this week's rankings...
NFL Power Rankings
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