So, your team is winning their division. But is that because your team is good, or your division stinks? This thread provides the answer to that question.
How do you rate divisions? You can’t just add up the wins, you have to factor out all divisional games first. So here are the official divisional standings, in order of best to worst.
Last year’s rankings: (updated to include entire season)
#1 AFC East 25-15 (63%)
#2 AFC North 24-16 (60%)
#3 AFC West 22-18 (55%)
#4 AFC South 21-19 (53%)
#5 NFC East 19-21 (48%)
#5 NFC South 19-21 (48%)
#7 NFC North 17-23 (43%)
#8 NFC West 13-27 (33%)
I’d just like to once again point out how truly awful the NFC West was last season. Will they pull it together this year? The Magic 8-Ball says no, but hey, on Any Given Sunday…
NFL Division Rankings through Week 1
#1 NFC South 2-0 (100%) 2-0 this week
Ron Mexico and the Falcons beat up McNabb and the Eagles but good, and Chuckie’s Bucs schooled the Vikes. Weren’t the Eagles and Vikings both supposed to win their divisions easily? Keep an eye on the NFC South!
#2 AFC East 3-1 (75%) 3-1 this week
When did the Jets become the embarassment of the division? Oh yeah, it was just yesterday. Last year, the Pats and Jets both started off 5-0, and the Bills and Dolphins started out 0-5. Looks like only the Patriots have a chance to repeat the trend.
#2 NFC East 3-1 (75%) 3-1 this week
You have to watch out for the NFC East, where old coaches go to die. Most of the fans of NFC East teams are going to bed with a smile on their face, knowing that every team in the division is undefeated, except for the poor, winless Eagles. It’s too early to count the Eagles out just yet, (no matter how much I’d like to), but one must savor these moments when one can.
#4 AFC South 2-2 (50%) 2-2 this week
The Colts took a while to get it in gear against the Ravens defense, but the bigger story is that the Colts may have a defense this year. Against QB-less teams, it certainly is formidable. Jacksonville hopes to contend for the division title, while The Texans and Titans look to battle it out for cellar dweller supreme.
#4 AFC North 1-1 (50%) 1-1 this week
The Steelers hope to take the division in cruise control much like last year, with their seemingly endless stable of quality running backs. The Ravens may need another year – and another QB – to get their offense on track.
#6 AFC West 1-3 (25%) 1-3 this week
The Chiefs jump out to the early lead, and may never look back. The Chargers may have a quarterback controversy in the near future, but the Raiders at least showed signs of life against the Patriots. It’s one thing to lose to the Superbowl champs. It’s quite another to lose to the Human Statue and the 6-10 also-rans. And then there are the Broncos…thousands of Denver faithful reacted much the same way the Russkys did to their '80 Olympic hockey team: “Were you drunk?”
#7 NFC North 0-2 (0%) 0-2 this week
The Vikes were heavy favorites, but got pounded on by the new and improved Bucs. At least the Bears kept it close against the Redskins. Or at least we think they did; we’re still searching for any witnesses who didn’t fall asleep while watching that snoozefest. Luckily for Packers fans, their game is off-topic this week.
#8 NFC West 0-2 (0%) 0-2 this week
How many weeks will it take for the West to get its very first win? Apparently, more than 1. Yet again, their divisional games are nice and competitive, but when they venture out into the rest of the league, they just get blown out, losing their two games this week by a combined total of 35 points.
Conference Ranking through Week 1
#1 AFC 1-1 (50%) 1-1 this week
#2 NFC 1-1 (50%) 1-1 this week
Not much interconference action so far. Let’s see how long the NFC can keep pace.