5-at-10: NFL power poll is tilted, portal wide open for college QBs, free bowl picks contest

FILE - Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler looks to throw down field against Baylor during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

NFL Power Poll

OK, this stat will blow your hair back: Twenty-six of the NFL's 32 teams are within one game of a playoff spot.

Read that again.

In some ways, it's the design of the NFL and a by-product of the modern game.

To wit, the game is designed for every team to be within two games of .500 either way and live to the mantra of "Any Given Sunday." That's why the worst teams get the best picks and the schedules are weighted so the teams who had the most success last year have the toughest slates.

The modern game's tangents that are by-products of rules and regulations are simple. Because of limited rosters and salary caps to keep costs governed and limited, there are two things you can't have enough off: good quarterback play and healthy starters.