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    Re: What’s the best division in football?

    The NFC East has been the best division the last couple of years, but over the course of the decade the NFC South has been overlooked. For example last year the NFC East got lots of publicity for being so good and no teams with a losing record, yet the same was true othe the NFC South - who also actually had two more wins than the NFCE.

    This year I expect the NFC South to take a step back; Tampa Bay appears to be in rebuilding mode and preparing for 2010, while Carolina will be hard pressed to duplicate a 12-4 record. I'm still not convinced that New Orleans is more than an eight or maybe nine win team with their defense.

    If there is one division that seems to get a free pass it is the NFC North. People talk about the AFC West and NFC West as being weak, but the NFC North is just as bad. Last year their collective record outside the division was 13-27. And you can't blame that all on the Lions; the other three teams were a combined 13-17.

    It's interesting to note that for those that claim the Pats have an easy schedule because they play in the AFC East, the division had the same number of wins as the NFC East last year. I would expect these two divisions to be the best in the NFL in 2009. If I had to predict who will be the best division I'd go with the NFC East only because I have a few more questions about the AFC East teams (e.g., the Jets offense, the Bills offensive line.)
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    I think our division is somewhat overrated based on a weak schedule from last year. I think this happens every year, a division with 1 great team and then 1 decent team and 1 or 2 ok teams plays a division or two made up of terrible teams and then everyone thinks that the entire division is tough. When in fact they just beat up on terrible or mediocre teams.

    The AFC South did this in 2007 when they played the AFC West and the NFC South. At first glance a person would think that the NFC South was decent that year with all but one team finishing with at least 7 wins, but the NFC South played the NFC West which was terrible and most of the South team's victories were within the division.

    With that said I think the rest of our division will struggle a bit this season. Look at Miami's schedule they play ATL, Ind and SD in the first 3 weeks of the season. I will be shocked if they win 9 games this year.
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    There is no way you can make that statement (in bold) with a straight face!

    The Pats did have an easy division schedule in 2007 and we had an easy schedule last year. No way we win 11 games last year without playing the two west divisions.
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    I do not think the AFCE is the best. I believe that the NFCE is better.
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    I think the NFC East is the most talented division. But the Skins and Boys seem to find ways to not utilize their talent.

    I like the NFC South.

    Atlanta will be very good adding Gonzo should help tremendously, I think Roddy White will have a great year and I think Turner will start where he left off last year.

    The Panthers despite Delhomme's terrible playoff game are still a very good team. The interesting thing for me is that they hired Ron Meeks to run the Defense. I am dumb founded by this hire. But no team in football has a better 1-2 punch at RB than Carolina.

    New Orleans is the most interesting, they without a doubt have one of the best offenses in the NFL but the D has been terrible. They hired Greg Williams to come in and correct that. They also signed Paul Spicer to help sure up the DL. They signed Darren Sharper and drafted Malcom Jenkins to help a desperate secondary.

    Tampa seems to be in total overhaul mode.
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    NFC East by far. In fact, Giants, Eagles and Cowboys can contend for a super bowl birth.
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    The AFCE has 2 good teams tops (New England, Miami). Other divisions may have more top-to-bottom talent, but I'd take AFCN. Ravens and Steelers. NFCE is probably second in my book, since while they may only have 2 consistently good teams (Giants, Eagles), the other two are hardly slouches. Then AFCS. They don't have anyone that's consistently good after the Colts, but all 3 other teams have a lot of talent, so that's something.
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    I'll agree there's room for debate, but yes, I will say that the NFC East has been the been the best division the last couple of years - with a straight face.

    2008
    NFC East: 38-25-1; +226 point differential; playoffs: 2-2 & 1 bye
    AFC East: 38-26-0; +172 point differential; playoffs: 0-1
    NFC South: 40-24; +259 point differential; playoffs: 0-2 & 1 bye
    AFC South: 38-26; +127 point differential; playoffs: 0-2 & 1 bye

    2007
    NFC East: 40-24-0; +212 point differential; playoffs: 4-2 & 1 bye
    AFC East: 28-36-0; -44 point differential; playoffs: 2-1 & 1 bye
    NFC South: 27-37; -180 point differential; playoffs: 0-1
    AFC South: 42-22; +194 point differential; playoffs: 1-3 & 1 bye

    2006
    NFC East: 32-32-0; +69 point differential; playoffs: 1-3
    AFC East: 35-29-0; +135 point differential; playoffs: 2-2
    NFC South: 29-35; -122 point differential; playoffs: 1-1 & 1 bye
    AFC South: 34-30; -11 point differential; playoffs: 4-0

    I'd say in recent history it's the NFC East first, followed by the AFC South and then the AFC East. Of course, past results do not gurantee future performance so we may well find somebody outperform the NFC East this year.
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    AFC South is going to be a great one this year and the best division in terms of competition for the division title with the Titans falling back to reality and Indy continuing to falter more and with the expected rise of Houston and Jax,Its going to be fun to watch who comes out of this division alive.
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    I'd either go with the NFC East or the AFC North.
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    Cowboys? How are the Cowboys super bowl contenders?
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    True enough, but they also hired a DC who can get the job done.
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    A team which hasn't won a play-off game since the mid-90s isn't a contender yet, in my opinion.
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    Disregard and sorry for making you look all those numbers up. I clearly have a reading comprehension problem. I read it as the AFC East. :eek:

    I'm a dumbass! :violent: :D
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    Well, I'm just as much of a dumbass. If I hadn't glossed over the next line you wrote, that would have been very obvious to me . . .
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    Yeah, but I'm looking more on the offensive side of the ball. QB is a big question mark, although they do have like six of them. Who starts Mcknown, Leftwich, the rookie Freeman?

    They didn't do anything to really help themselves on that side of the ball except acquire a mental midget at the TE spot and resign another. They were a pedestrian offense ranked 19th in the league.

    Defensively they were pretty good in every area but the run. They dumped Brooks and picked up Crowell but didn't do much to address the DL. Although they did attempt to sign Haynesworth and actually offered him the most money, but he wanted to play in a bigger market.

    Only time will tell but as of right now I think the other 3 teams are well ahead of them.
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    Maybe we can start a club... :D
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    Most people would have said that about the Cardinals last year. Cowboys have all the talent in the world and now that T.O. is gone most people expect the overall team chemistry to improve. BTW, The NFC East is the Toughtest and Best division in Football. I would go NFC East, AFC North, AFC East, NFC South, AFC South, AFC West, NFC North, NFC West.
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    I wonder how anyone can consider the AFC North to be anything but the WORST division in football.

    Its been the Steelers by themselves and also-rans for most of this decade with the Ravens being the only real test for the Steelers and even then it hasn't been often - That division has 1/2 of the teams all but out of the playoff picture by week 10 just about every year.
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    I think Jax has a good chance to rebound, but Houston is the new Seahawks, the sexy sleeper who never quit delivers. Matt Schaub and his lack of playing every game, added to his propensity to throw the ball to the other team make them hard to pick. But no doubt they have the talent they just need to put it all together for 16 games.

    I think the Titans will finish with 10-12 wins and the Colts will be interesting to watch. You have to wonder if the turnover will affect anything, only time will tell.

    I agree they have a tough inner division schedule, but they play the NFC West which should give them a bit of a breather. :D
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    You are correct. Obviously the Steelers barring injuries will be right back in the mix. The Ravens will go as far as Flacco and the defense go (nothing new), the Browns may win 5 games.

    The interesting team (and my sleeper) are the Bungles. They had a solid defense, despite the numbers. The offense was as bad as bad could be without Palmer and a non-focused Chad Johnson and a deflated Housh. With a healthy Palmer and rejuvinated and supposedly focused Johnson the offense should improve. Benson was servicable for them last year and is looking to establish himself.

    Defensively they had a good draft and they signed Roy Williams to help against the run. They also signed/traded for Orien Harris and Tank williams to help out as well.

    They could be interesting or they could simply implode.
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    The Cardinals also had a QB and RB that has had success in the playoffs. The Boys do not, they have the most overrated QB I have ever had the displeasure to watch. Team chemistry may improve, but the coaching won't. They will have to overcome themselves before they can take the next step.
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    I swear...I was going to say the same thing.

    SB: Pats v. Giants. Patriots win 42-10.

    Eagles are better than the Finns. The Cowboys are better than the swJets.
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    The article isn't talking about the decade, its talking about the upcoming season. IMO The AFC West, NFC West, and NFC North are all worse than the AFC North. Lets not forget that the Bengals are getting their MVP back in Carson Palmer this season who has shown the ability to be a top 5 QB when healthy. Chad Ocho Cinco is highly motivated this season and I really like their draft especially adding Rey Maualuga and Michael Johnson on the defensive side of the Ball. If they can stay healthy they have a shot at making the playoffs. The Ravens and the Steelers are obviously the top two teams in the division and when two teams from the same division are in the conference championship game I don't understand how you can call them the worst division in football. The AFC North and the AFC South are just about even in terms of talent and competitiveness. Oh and don't forget Mangini is taking over a browns team that went into last season as the "team to watch".
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    I think the Eagles are better than the Giants, with the two biggest question marks being can McNabb and Westbrook stay healthy for 16 games?

    The Eagles line will be a wrecking crew and the Defense should be solid as usual.
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    Im not saying they are a superbowl lock or anything I am saying this is a top ten NFL team and thus they are a Superbowl contender. Tony Romo may be overatted but Eli Manning wasnt? I am also pretty sure I would rather have Marion Barber over Edgerin James. Oh yeah they also have this DeMarcus Ware guy who plays OLB and is pretty good at rushing the passer.
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    With all the injuries Indy had last year, I'm not even close to ready to write them off. I like what they did in the draft and losing Saint Dungy is overrated. I still fear them more than any other team. I think you're right about the Titans and I'm sceptical about Houston - everyone's on the bandwagon, which is usually not a very good sign.
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    If the Giants D-Line stays healthy and some of the young receivers step up I think the Giants win the division by at least 2 games.
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    Did any of that help them last year? Nope!

    Eli's biggest issue is that people had outrageous expectations for him given the his family tree, the market he plays in and his draft day shaninigans. And took a while to get "it". But never was he so glowingly annointed the next great QB. Romo made a pro-bowl after five starts! The guy just isn't that good.
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