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Here comes the insane race for the playoffs


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and it's anybody's game...

 

Do the math. It's midseason and we really don't know anything for certain about the composition of the playoffs that will begin in less than two months. The biggest cushion held by any division leader is one slim game, and that's the case only in the NFC East, where the 6-2 Giants lead the second-place Eagles (5-3). There are four other divisions that feature two teams tied for first, and three more divisions where the top two clubs are separated by a mere half game at the season's midway point.

 

Let me repeat that for emphasis: That's seven out of eight divisions where the top two teams are either tied or within a half game of each other. The eighth division has a first-place team with a whopping one-game advantage. Good luck to those hearty folks who are responsible for churning out the league's playoff scenarios come late November....

At midseason, 24 teams, or three-fourths of the league, are within two games of first place or closer.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/11/09/nfl.standings/index.html

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