Welcome to the NFL season

It's Week 10 in the NFL and that means one thing -- the long exhibition is over. Now it's time to start the season.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:26 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Remember when Norman Dale glances around before Hickory's first practice, then mumbles under his breath, "Let's see what kind of hand I've been dealt here"?

That's Week 10 of the NFL season. The first nine weeks are a prolonged exhibition season with one wrinkle: You can't clinch a playoff spot, but you can definitely screw one up. Just ask the 2004 Chiefs. Now the real season begins. I'm not saying that the last two months didn't count; but the fact remains, you always want to peak ...

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