NFL’s Best Division Includes “The Champ”
The NFC holds the top two divisions in the NFL; one of the many reasons why the NFC is ultimately better than the AFC.
1. NFC North: “The Champ”, NFC runner-up, and other two teams are serious Wild Card possibilities. What makes this division so strong is the fact that both Minnesota and Detroit are only a few pieces away from reaching the postseason. It’s also obvious that the Green Bay Packers are not only the best team in the NFL, but the most talented. They won the SB without some of their key players; it’s a scary reality. With Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant healthy, this is hands down the most dynamic offense since the ’07 Patriots, difference is, these Packers are Vince Lombardi winners. This said, I also forgot to mention that the best defense resides in this division, too -and it’s the same team that offers the best offense.
2. NFC East: You can make a case for every team other than Washington making it to the Super Bowl in 2012. Giants are the second most talented team behind Green Bay in not only the NFC, but the entire league. I would be shocked if they don’t win at 11 games next season. Cowboys get Romo back and could be the third most talented team. You can’t underestimate a full year under Jason Garrett. Eagles have a young core that’s only going to get better. Keep in mind, a full year under the belt of Michael Vick. With the ‘Skins, you have a last place team that is still is solid due to their defense and skilled players at each and every position.
3. AFC East: If Cam Newton falls to Buffalo we honestly could have a four-team race within two years. Still, New England is as dangerous a team as they come and the Jets are fully loaded and stacked everywhere. With the Dolphins, they are the “x-factor”. This squad is holding back the division, but could also elevate its status if they find some consistency at the QB position. Don’t be surprised if they take the #1 spot from the NFC North, seeing a Patriots-Jets AFC Title game next Janaury.
4. NFC South: Three teams with at least 10 wins. Tampa is the team to keep an eye on because they could take a fall now that everyone has them on their radar. It’s hard to duplicate two consecutive winning season with such a young team. No more jumping up on teams, coming up from behind “rear-mirror style”. Nonetheless, they are one of the best 3rd teams in any division and have a foundation in place to do some damage in this division. You can expect the Falcons and Saints to do their thing and get to 10 wins. Carolina’s fortunes could turn around for a complete 360 if they draft Cam Newton. The thing that held back the NFC South was the pathetic defensive performances of the two heavyweights, Atlanta and New Orleans, yielding a combined 89 points in the Playoffs.
5. AFC North: Cleveland and Cincinnati are just as bad as Pittsburgh and Baltimore are good. Steelers and Ravens are as consistently good as they come, but the exact opposite can be said for the Browns and Bengals. We will see a drop-off from Ray Lewis’ gang in 2011-12, but will it be dramatic enough for us to take big-time notice? As for the bottom-feeders, they need to address their QB problems because they don’t have enough talent to overcome such a big deficiency.
6. AFC South: The Colts have Peyton Manning and make the Playoffs year in and year out. The other three teams are out-of-this-world unpredictable that they all could be at or under .500 once again this upcoming year. I don’t see any of them taking a big step forward because of their defensive woes. With that said, this division could drop lower due to the Colts sputtering ways.
7. AFC West: Chiefs are a team that is in the right direction and should win the division again. San Diego has the pieces in place but how can you not win your division despite being ranked so high offensively and defensively. Just like the Chargers, the Silver & Black struggle to close out games and won’t any get better until they finish out games. Denver has a bright future but it’s going to take some time. The bottom two teams have roles as sleepers and could sneak up in this division. The most boom-bust potential for this four team set-up.
8. NFC West: 49ers are going to win this division, count on it. Remember they were just a few key plays away from being crowned the NFC West’s best. If their QB (Alex Smith is still the answer, he had a couple of bad fluke performances, and injuries which killed his cause and hurt his chance to be considered “The Man”) doesn’t surrender the ball, watch out. The Rams have Sam Bradford, so their franchise QB is settled. Now it’s time to find him some play makers to toss the rock around to. With Seattle and Arizona you have two teams that are dependent upon so many little things to go right in order to succeed. You can’t rely on that each and every Sunday in this league because it’s a QB and big play league. I like San Fran’s and St. Louis’ futures because they possess star players at key positions. Don’t sleep on the NFC West. This year’s top team will have at least 10 victories, I guarantee it.
5 Quick Reasons Why NFC Is Better Than AFC – 1. Packers are the most likely to repeat SB champs since Patriots in 2005. 2. You had two teams that had 10 wins and didn’t make the Playoffs. 3. It’s weakest link, the NFC West, will be vastly improved. 4. You have 10 franchise QB’s (11 if Carolina drafts Cam) compared to 7 or 8 in the AFC. 5. Make a bracket between the top six teams in each conference and play them against each other: I got 5 out of the 6 NFC teams winning.