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The "other" standings

Posted by Albert Breer  November 2, 2009 10:43 AM

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Now, all of this may seem irrelevant now. But with the gap seeming to widen between the good and bad in the NFL, there's a chance that you could run into another situation like you did last year, where teams with juiced-up records -- fat on cupcakes -- get left out in the cold come January.

Last year, the AFC East's teams feasted on the two West divisions, a big reason why the Jets, even after a complete collapse down the stretch, finished with a winning record, and why the Dolphins were able to turn things around so quickly and why the Patriots were able to deal with the loss of Tom Brady and win 11 games.

The point is, if contenders are playing teams already in the tank come December, records could be inflated, and that could make it tougher to get in the playoffs. And that's why the conference and division records are more important than you may think now.

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