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Mark Maske
Staff Writer

Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

It's Closer Than It's Been


You can make a case for the AFC East with its two 6-3 teams (Patriots and Jets) and its two 5-4 clubs (Bills and Dolphins).

You can make a case for the NFC South with its 7-2 front-runner (Panthers), its two 6-3 challengers (Buccaneers and Falcons) and its disappointing but still dangerous cellar dweller (Saints, at 4-5).

But the NFC East is still the NFL's top division.

It's closer than it has been for much of the season. There were times when the NFC East looked like the best division in football without a doubt and with no argument. But the Cowboys are shaky and the Eagles haven't quite turned it on. Even the Redskins are being left in the Giants' dust right now.

Still, the 24 victories by the division's four teams are one more than the NFC South has managed and two more than the AFC East has.

The NFC East has all four teams with winning records. The NFC South can't match that.

The NFC East has the best team in its conference, with the Giants. The AFC East can't match that. The Patriots and Jets clearly rank behind the Titans in the AFC, and maybe behind the Steelers as well.

It's not an open and shut case any more, and there's plenty of time for things still to change by season's end. But the NFC East, at least for now, still is the league's No. 1 division this season.

By Mark Maske  |  November 10, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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