So what's happened to football? Week 7 just went by (yes, there's one more game tonight, but I don't think it will have any impact on my point) and there are still 3 undefeated teams! The Broncos, Colts and... The Saints?! And to go along with that, there are still two oh-fer teams: the Rams, and... the Bucaneers?! The Lions managed to win one, so this ends motor city's dream of a repeat.
But when the standings just shy of half way through show such disparity between the top and bottom, something about the competitive balance isn't tuned quite right. This isn't supposed to be Pop-Warner, and people shouldn't seriously ask whether or not a mercy rule is appropriate for the NFL.
Why didn't they schedule a Lions-Raiders game? I'd have loved to be a fly on the wall of the CBS sports scheduling meeting to hear them argue about who would have to go cover that game. Bonus points if it would have been in December and in Oakland (meaningless, cold, outdoors, maybe 10,000 really scary Raiders fans in attendance, unquestioningly blacked-out... What a hoot!)