Parity makes it harder to designate sleepers.
Last season, 15 teams won between seven and nine games. Four more won 10, and two won six. That leaves only 11 teams on the extremes -- five that won 11 or more and six who won five or fewer.
With so many teams within one or two plays of being 8-8, the dramatic rises of a franchise are so much more difficult. Go back to a year ago, only four teams improved by four games or more. Two of the four, Buffalo and Carolina, made five- and six-game ...
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