I don’t believe it, either. The race is, of course, still wide open, with the third-place Eagles only half a game out of first, and the last-place Cowboys trailing New York and Washington by just one game. With this in mind, let us take a look back at some similar division races through the years.
AFC Central, 1970
After ten games of the 1970 season (back in the era of the 14-game schedule), the Cleveland Browns were in first place in the brand-new AFC Central at 5-5. The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers were tied for second at 4-6. The Browns were mediocre the rest of the way, and a young Steelers team still wasn’t quite ready for contention. Thus, the crown went to Paul Brown’s Bengals, who after starting 1-6, won each of their final seven games.
NFC West, 1979
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