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Many of the NFL’s top contenders have gotten a midseason wake-up call.
Six of the league’s eight current division leaders have suffered a defeat in the last two weeks. The chaos has sent a clear message: In a league in which every franchise has at least two losses through 10 weeks, the so-called front-runners can’t take anything for granted, especially with a horde of teams not far back in the playoff hunt. And winning a division and securing a game at home doesn’t guarantee postseason success, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ run from NFC wild card to Super Bowl champs last year illustrated.
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