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Emil Steiner
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Emil Steiner

The author of NFL Crime Watch and Founding Editor of The League.

NFC East: Still King

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Anyone who stayed up to watch the Eagles-Giants thriller last night got proof that the NFC East is still the best division in football.

While Philadelphia took a tough loss and Andy Reid was out-coached by Tom Coughlin, the Eagles proved that they can hang with the best team in football -- and they're in last place in the division. Not only is every team in the division over .500, but no other division has fewer losses (12) than the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants and Redskins combined. Moreover, six of those 12 loses have come in intra-divisional games.

Looking at their schedules, it is still very possible that three of the four will make the playoffs. The only other division in football where such a notion would be conceivable is the surprising NFC South. But does anyone think the Panthers, Bucs or Falcons would stand a chance against the East's top three?

Remember that no team in the NFC South had a record better than 9-7 last season. Compare that to the NFC East of 2007, where no team was below .500. The teams have not changed that dramatically in 2008, but the competition has. The NFC South plays its inter-conference games against the worst division in football, the AFC West. The NFC East instead faces the far stronger AFC North. So the records do not really reflect the quality of the teams. And even considering that, the East still has fewer loses.

Bottom line, there is no team in the division that an opponent would want to face. From the high-flying Eagles to the mistake-free Redskins to the World Champion Giants to the star-studded Cowboys, the NFC East remains football's premier division.

By Emil Steiner  |  November 10, 2008; 11:04 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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"The teams have not changed that dramatically in 2008, but the competition has."

Saying the Falcons haven't changed dramatically in 2008 is beyond silly. They couldn't even beat the Lions last year.

Posted by: rah | November 11, 2008 8:20 AM

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