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Falcons-Lions a bright light as parity takes week off

I hate to say it, but I think parity might take a back seat here in Week 7. I'm smelling something in the wind, and it's blowouts (and trust me, that's never a good smell). I see plenty of potential mismatches this week and many games featuring teams that have yet to be adequately competitive.

This could be an ugly week.

Maybe that has something to do with the rise of the neophyte quarterback as well. More and more of the youngsters are being thrown out there to see how they can handle the real deal. Or, in other cases, the quarterback might not be particularly young -- e.g. John Beck -- but certainly lacking in NFL starting experience.

As far as raw starting quarterbacks go, we've got Cam Netwon, Andy Dalton (both of whom have been very good), along with Christian Ponder, Tim Tebow, Curtis Painter, Matt Moore, Blaine Gabbert, Charlie Whitehurst (maybe) and Beck in line for starts. It could be a long week for a lot of teams on this 13-game docket.

For as good as the top end of quarterbacking is in the league, I fear what this week could bring. We're also without some of our best storylines of the season this week as well, with the Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles and 49ers on the bye.

Don't forget, games here are rated as either a footlong, a six-inch, a pita or a finger sandwich.

Follow Jason La Canfora on Twitter @jasonlacanfora.

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