The NFL has a parity problem.
At the halfway point in the season, how many teams can we truly get excited about? Yes, the Patriots are a team to fear, but who else looks consistently good enough on both ends to truly challenge for league supremacy?
The Falcons have the offense, but not the defense. Ditto for the Steelers, who also have injury issues. The Seahawks and Broncos have the defense, but not the offense. The Vikings are cooling off, and the Cardinals have regressed. The Cowboys look solid, but to buy into them, we must also buy that a rookie quarterback can outduel Tom Brady.
Things can change in an instant in the NFL, but uninspiring competition is yet another problem for the league this year.
Check out our power rankings below:
32. Cleveland Browns
Week 8 result: Lost to the Jets, 31-28
Week 8 star: Terrelle Pyror continues to be the best player on the Browns, going for 101 yards on six catches.
Week 9 opponent: vs. Dallas Cowboys
One thing to know: The Browns have a 55% chance to lock up the No. 1 pick at the 2017 Draft. But will they win a game?
31. San Francisco 49ers
Week 8 result: Bye Week
Week 8 star: There wasn’t one!
Week 9 opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints
One thing to know: Carlos Hyde was back in practice this week, pointing toward a return against New Orleans on Sunday.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 8 result: Lost to the Titans, 36-22
Week 8 star: Allan Hurns had a touchdown to go with 98 yards and seven catches.
Week 9 opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs
One thing to know: The Jags fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson, but head coach Gus Bradley remains at the helm despite a record of 14-41 with the team.