The NFL season has reached the midway point, and several teams seasons are effectively over.  Teams thought of as contenders entering the season have woefully underachieved, creating parity across the league. 

Heading into Week 9, unlikely contenders like Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and St. Louis are in position to make runs at playoff spots.

Let's take a look at what surprises are in store this week.

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