As the NFL sits upon the close of the sixth week of regular season play, two teams stand unbeaten. Both teams, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs, not only come from the same conference (the AFC), but also the same division, the AFC West.
It wasn’t too long ago that the AFC West was easily considered the worst division in the league. Following the 2011 season, the division winner was the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos who finished a mediocre 8-8, and seemingly defied all odds to get to the point of winning a playoff game.
The Kansas City Chiefs have also gone through a number of changes. Last season they were a league worst 2-14, with quarterback play to blame the majority of their troubles on.
But things change so fast in the NFL it’s almost impossible to predict most of it. While some might have expected the New Orleans Saints to bounce back this season and win, if not challenge the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South, nobody would have expected to see the Falcons fall to 1-4 even before the injuries mounted last week.
After all, the 2012 Falcons had just won their first playoff game since Michael Vick was their quarterback. There were only great things on the horizon for a team that just gave its franchise quarterback a big extension to rival the league’s best.
I haven’t even mentioned the disaster the New York Giants have been after being expected to bounce back this season.
Lack of predictability is a problem that everyone forgets about in the NFL until it happens to their favorite team. Sustaining success is incredibly hard in professional football. With so much turnover happening to teams’ rosters from year to year, keeping the familiar faces isn’t enough to produce consistency. Not every team has the luxury of a Tom Brady stabilizing the quarterback position so well like the Patriots or what the Colts had with Peyton Manning prior to his 2011 injury.
Nothing is ever as it seems in the NFL, as seen Sunday when the Denver Broncos were supposed to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars by 27 points. Instead, it was 14-12 Bronco lead at halftime, with many Jaguar fans actually excited about what the second half could bring. Sure they lost, but all Jags fans had to be amazed and entertained during the first half.
Parity will forever remain the trend in the NFL. Teams can build through the draft after losing seasons and wind up winning the division the next year. The Broncos and Chiefs may be up this year, but no one can predict what the future holds for either team, be it next week or next season.