NFL’s Big Three Not Looking So Mighty Going into the Playoffs

January 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For the bulk of the 2009 NFL season, the league has been dominated by three teams. 
When Week 13 ended, the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, and Indianapolis Colts were a combined 34-1. 
Other teams flirted with elite status. Denver started 6-0 and the New York Giants charged to a 5-0 start early in the year. Cincinnati fought to enter the conversation with a 7-2 record. Ultimately, each of these teams was an afterthought, fighting for the title of "next best" behind the three juggernauts.
Across the final stretches of the season that notion has changed considerably. 
The Colts, Vikings, and Saints have gone 5-8 since that span. 
The Colts' two losses are more disheartening than concerning, being that they occurred after the team pulled its core starters for much of the final two games. The Vikings and Saints have some room to worry, however.
New Orleans had little to play for to close the year, but they were still not expecting three consecut...

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