BY STEPHEN F. HOLDERTimes Staff WriterTAMPA – For a sport that generates untold fortunes for thegambling industry, trying to pick winners in an unpredictable NFLseason such as this sure feels like a losing proposition.Lately, point spreads mean nothing. And relying on favorites isfool’s gold.The NFL has always sought to have a level of parity unparalleledin sports, and it might finally be there.Consider:* Through the first month of the regular season, there are 23teams either in first place or within a game of their divisionlead, the most through four weeks in NFL history. That includes theBucs, who, at 2-1, trail the 3-1Saints and Falcons by half a game in the NFC South. No 2009division winner has sole possession of first place.* There is just one remaining unbeaten team – 3-0 Kansas City –and it faces long odds in the next two weeks with games atIndianapolis and at Houston.* Final margins have been slim, too. Through four weeks, 33 ofthe 62 games played have been decided by seven points or fewer.That’s the most through four weeks in the past 22 years.Don’t think theBucs, who were 3-13 last season,aren’t paying heed – despite the many tough games that awaitthem.“The importance of conference and… Read full this story
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