The 2012/13 NFL season is in full swing, coming up to week 7 of the season and it is no secret is the most sub par season in recent memory. Usually by week 7 there are some clear SuperBowl contenders, teams setting the standard of what it is going to take to win the Lombardi trophy in New Orleans.
Sadly for us NFL fans we have been subject to less than stellar outings from EVERY NFL teams, with no clear SB47 contenders, apart from the Atlanta Falcons who for the first time in franchise history have started the season undefeated at 6- and the Houston Texans having their best start leading the AFC South.
Sadly that is only 2 of 32 teams to show us some flash of football brilliance we are accustomed to.
In the past 6 weeks we have seen big gun teams the Steelers (2-3), Patriots (3-3) , Packers (3-3) and the Saints (-4) struggle to win games and live up to expectations, losing to teams that include the Seahawks, Titans and Chargers.
Even more shockingly are the ten teams with a 3-3 record, five with a 4-1 record with the rest with a losing record. But what does this really mean? Does this mean the end of the NFL as we know it? Are there higher beings involved? I think it’s just the simple explanation of age along with showing that the NFL Draft actually works for more than the top 10 picks.
The above mentioned teams have a sloppy start to the season, shocking many with their losing or even record. The top teams have been hit by grandfather time and it’s as simple as that. If we take the major names of the NFL, Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Drew Brees, Jarred Allen and DeMarcus Ware to name a few, they are aging and now father time has caught up with them, may they it be losing a step or injury prone they are not what they once were. The dominant teams of yesteryear are losing their player makers, and haven’t utilized their rookies to their full potential yet.
Then there are the Redskins, Vikings, Bengals and Texans on the rise, drafting in prized rookies who have made an almost immediate impact on the game. Cam Newton, even though he has had a rough 2012 start, put the Panthers within winning situations. RGIII has given the Redskins the same injection with his legs, Christian Ponder and Kyle Rudolph have given the Vikings a solid QB to TE connection and some ground for a successful run for the play-off and the same applies to the Bengals with AJ Dalton and AJ Green.
So expect the NFL landscape to change, don’t expect to see the Colts, Steelers, Raven, Patriots and even the Broncos is the Superbowl much within the next 10 years.