Division races lack usual sizzle

Originally Published: November 4, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Because the bad teams have been so bad, the 2009 season doesn't have the parity the NFL has been accustomed to for years. The average margin of victory has crept to more than 14 points a game. Six of last season's 10-loss teams (there were nine) are heading in the same direction.

The surprising part of the season is the large percentage of division races turning into runaways. The Saints lead the NFC South by three games. The Vikings (NFC North) and Colts (AFC South) lead their divisions ...

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