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Ranking the NFL's 11 .500 Teams

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What It Means to Be 3-3

Chris Young, XFINITY Sports

On the heels of an upside-down Week 6, 11 NFL teams are 3-3. That’s 11 teams out of 32 that are .500. Only two teams in the entire AFC are above .500. That's beyond parity. But several of the 3-3 teams appear to be better than their records.

When you compare this season’s standings after six weeks to those of 2011’s you’ll see noted differences as well. Six weeks into last season, only 4 teams were .500 (the Jets, Bears, Falcons and Texans). The Patriots, 3-3 this year, were 5-1; the Texans—5-1 this year—were 3-3; the Saints, now 1-4, were 4-2, and so on. If you go back even further to 2010, you’ll see that again only 4 teams were .500 after Week 6. Green Bay, for example, was 3-3 at this point two seasons ago. They eventually snuck into the playoffs and went on to win Super Bowl XLIV. And that’s the point. A .500 record after six weeks can mean a lot or nothing.

As it stands, 11 teams are towing the .500 line. Let’s rank them: (AP Photos)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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