Through four weeks of the NFL season, there is one 4-0 team and one winless team. Is that a sign that there’s more parity in the league now than before?
Tom Brady doesn’t seem to think so.
So far this season, it’s tough to get a sense on just how good some of the teams sitting at 2-2, or even 3-1 in some cases (see: New York Giants) actually are. That tends to be how things go early on in the season, but so far there are a lot of teams with huge question marks, regardless of what their record says right now.
So, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was asked about parity in the NFL right now, he was pretty candid.
"I think there’s a lot of bad football from what I’ve watched," Brady told reporters. "I’ve watched a lot of bad football, a lot of, yeah, poor quality of football. That’s what I see."
Take the Jacksonville Jaguars for example. They’re 2-2 with a share of the AFC South lead. They smacked the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Chargers, but an up-and-down Week 1 showing led to a loss against the Commanders, who haven't won a game since. Further, and perhaps more importantly, they did not look close to the same class of team as the Eagles when they faced Philadelphia this past weekend.
Maybe this really is the Jags’ breakout year. Or maybe it isn't, but they just beat up on a couple teams that weren’t as good as we thought.
Conversely, look at Brady and the Bucs, whose offense has sputtered periodically this season. They’re also 2-2, but still widely expected to be one of the top teams in the NFC when the dust settles.
Obviously, an upstart Jags team is going to be viewed differently than a Brady-led Bucs team, which ultimately makes the point that it's probably just too early to determine if there's more parity. That said, it's hard to argue with Brady’s point, as there has been some truly bad football played early on this season.
Somebody’s gotta win, though.