As a lifelong Cowboys fan, I like to remember the good ol' days. I'm not that old, so the good ol' days, for me, refers back to the early 1990s. I remember my dad letting me stay home from the school the morning after the Cowboys beats the 49ers in the NFC Championship game in Candlestick Park. It was a great era for football.
Back then, there were two, at the most four, teams in the NFC and the Bills who you honestly thought were Super Bowl contenders.
Then, in the early 2000s, parity began take over the NFL, and it was said to be a good thing. I mostly agreed. Unlike baseball where you have a select few teams who are legitimate contenders, the NFL has had one repeat champion in the 2000s (New England), including a handful of Wild Card teams winning it all.
But this year, things are sort of ridiculous. As of this morning, there are 12 teams that are 2-2 and the only undefeated team in the league is 3-0 Kansas City, who had a bye this weekend. Kansas City?? Yep.
On Sunday, there were several games that were just flat-out ugly and games where heavy favorites either escaped by the skin of their teeth or lost.
The Colts lost to the dreadful Jaguars, the Saints barely escaped the rookie QB-led Panthers in the Superdome and the Falcons, who beat the Saints a week prior, watched as the winless 49ers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The Lions narrowly missed a win at Lambeau Field over the Packers.
After two weeks, the Cowboys looked to be in some serious trouble when you looked at the rest of their schedule. Now? Who really knows. The Giants? Meh. The Colts? Meh. The Saints? Meh. You get the picture?
And come on, who's really afraid of the big, bad Chiefs?