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Divisional power rankings: NFC East reigns supreme

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    At this point, all any other team can hope for when playing a squad from the NFC East is that they'll catch the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants or Redskins in a week they have a key injury or suspension. As expected, the NFC East is the clear leader in Shutdown Corner's Week 3 divisional rankings. After them, though, it gets interesting. (The cumulative division record in non-division games is listed in parenthesis. These records provide an interesting barometer of success, but don't place too much importance on them, as the differences in strength-of-schedule are not accounted for.)
    1) NFC East (8-0)
    Just as impressive as that cumulative 8-0 mark is the fact that the record in other games of the eight teams the East has beaten is 7-6, meaning the NFC East isn't beating up on the dregs of the NFL. Except for the Giants, that is. They've beaten St. Louis and Cincinnati. And why nobody seems concerned that New York needed overtime to beat the Bengals is beyond me. (Thanks to Hogs Haven for that 7-6 stat.)
    2) NFC South (5-3)
    The drop-off from the #1 to the #2 spot in these rankings is like going from Tom Brady to Matt Cassel ... it's precipitous. The Saints are in last place in the NFC South with a hard-luck 1-2 record. Their lack of balanced ground attack is concerning, but Sean Payton's crew still figures to be battling it out for the division crown with Tampa and Carolina.
    3) AFC South (2-3)
    You know how sometimes when one member of an elderly couple passes away, their spouse goes soon-after? This might explain why Peyton Manning has played so poorly in the aftermath of Tom Brady's injury.
    4) AFC West (2-4)
    The AFC West has, perhaps, the biggest talent gap of any division in the league. San Diego and Denver are the two best teams in the conference, while Oakland and Kansas City are two of the worst.
    5) AFC East (4-2)
    Don't be fooled by the 4-2 non-division record. Three of those wins are thanks to the Bills, the rest of the division is 1-2 (and that one win came against the Chiefs, so technically it's only like a half-win).
    6) NFC North (2-6)
    Gus Frerotte, Kyle Orton, Jon Kitna and Aaron Rodgers; yeah, #6 seems like a good spot for the NFC North.
    7) AFC North (1-4)
    On Monday afternoon's SportsCenter, Mark Schlereth said that Pittsburgh is the best team in the AFC if Ben Roethlisberger is healthy, which is sort of like saying that I'd be a movie star if I were Brad Pitt.
    8) NFC West (2-4)
    The NFC West makes the ACC look like the SEC.


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