Is parity dead? Not quite

Originally Published: January 1, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The concept of parity, one of the more critical bedrocks of the NFL's status as the pre-eminent sports entity of this era, has frequently been dissed this season.

And why not, given the widespread perceived gap in quality of play, and the seeming disparity between the league's premier teams and its bottom-feeders during the 2009 campaign?

Entering the final week of the regular season, there are nine franchises with five victories or fewer, the most since 2005 and third most in the ...

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