It was generally regarded, coming into this season, that the AFC was the much more dominant conference. And, yes, the Colts and Patriots seem to be much better than anybody else in the league. But when you look at the unexpected collapses of the San Diego Chargers under Norv Turner, that the AFC East beyond New England is completely moribund and that the entire AFC West is mediocre, combined with the good starts by Green Bay, Detroit, Washington, Tampa Bay and Dallas, it makes me wonder if the NFC is now on a more even level with the AFC. It may be too soon to make that assessment, only a quarter of the way through the season, but beyond the two aforementioned teams and Pittsburgh, which just lost to NFC West opponent Arizona, there do not seem to be many teams that are intimidating. Maybe this is a bigger statement on the parity of the entire NFL, but it seems to me that the two conferences have drawn infinitely closer.