When the Cats and Eagles meet on Sunday night, the first question to be asked is: is the Eagles the best team in the competition?
The answer will be no.
There is no doubt that the Eagles will be in the hunt.
However, while the Eagles’ record is the best in the NRL, the gap is narrow and, in reality, the difference between the two sides is not as significant as it is in other sports.
A big reason is the quality of opposition that they have faced in the past.
There were nine NRL clubs in the 2013 season, including two teams who played a grand final before losing.
That is only three less than the Eagles this year.
The next two seasons are also set to be the most competitive for the Eagles, as they host the Sydney Roosters, who have only won one game so far.
The Roosts are the best of the best and have beaten the likes of the Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla Sharks.
It is a similar story when it comes to the Cats.
While the Raiders have played only two NRL matches, they are in a strong position.
They are not only one of the teams with the best record in the league, but they have also faced the best opposition in the last six seasons.
The Raiders have only beaten the Cowboys twice since 2005, the Cowboys are the only other team who have beaten them three times.
So the Raiders are a tough opponent to beat.
Their opponents are far from the best they face.
The Sharks are also a tough team to beat, but only have one game in hand on the Raiders.
This means they have only played four NRL matches in their last six years.
The Titans have played five games and are currently ranked 12th in the ladder.
They have also only played three NRL games in the previous six years and are ranked 20th.
The only teams with two NRL wins against them this year are the Raiders and the Titans.
While their opponents have been a good test for the Titans this season, the team has only played one NRL game since it joined the competition in 2007.
The teams are also both good at playing at home.
The Warriors have won eight of their last 10 games at Suncorp Stadium, with the last loss coming against the Broncos on Sunday.
The other three wins have come in Round 12 of the competition.
The Bulldogs have played 10 games, with five wins and three losses.
They also have a five-match winning streak against the Raiders, but are only in the finals after the Roost’s loss to the Titans in Round 11.
The Storm have played three games and lost two.
They had two of those defeats come in round one.
The Knights are still one of two teams with four NRL wins.
They face the Bulldogs in Round 2 of the finals and the Raiders in round five.
The Cowboys, in fact, have only lost one NRL match in the five years since they joined the game in 2015.
This was at the hands of the Cowboys and Titans.
The Panthers have only gone one match without a win at Sunbet Stadium, but that match came against the Titans and the Roos in Round 3.
They played two games last year and lost both.
They do have one more game against the Sharks and the Rabbitohs in round seven, but it is a game in which they are likely to be disappointed.
They only have three wins in their five matches in Round 13, and the Storm and Knights have also lost to them in Round 14.
There are also three matches against the Cowboys, the Titans, the Knights and the Bulldogs which will be the toughest tests for the Raiders this year, while they face the Sharks, Raiders and Storm in round four.
The Broncos and Sharks are the two teams that have the worst record against each other in the two-year period.
The Cronulla and Storm both had three losses in the three-year span between 2013 and 2015.
The NRL is now playing in a competition with the highest number of games played per team in terms of wins and losses.
This is not a coincidence.
The game is not just about football, and it is the result of a complex, difficult, intense competition between clubs competing for a share of the lucrative commercial rights that come with playing in the game.
There will be plenty of football played this weekend, with both sides trying to keep their respective records intact.
However the biggest test will be against the opposition.
If the game is to go ahead, it will have to be a close one.