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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for Fanhouse.com

Not even close

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My first reaction when this question was posed to me was "Are you kidding?''

It's also my second, third and fourth reaction.

No, the NFC East is not the worst division in the NFL. Not even close.

Then I remembered I was dealing with Washington, where everything is magnified. Not just football. Everything. And the Redskins and Cowboys had played a stinker of a game Sunday, the Cowboys somehow muddling through 7-6. Not nearly as exciting or as good a game as the one played by the Lions and Browns, won by Detroit 38-37 on the last play.

Does someone want to suggest that either of those teams is better than anyone in the NFC East? Yeah, I know. Until Sunday, Detroit's only other win was over the Redskins.

That kind of makes my point. I hate NFL slogans, but the one coined 50 or so years ago, "on any given Sunday,'' is sometimes true. Heck, the Chiefs beat the Steelers on Sunday and the Raiders beat the Bengals, but I don't think that makes the AFC West -- my candidate for the NFL's worst division -- any better over 16 games. In fact, if we follow that reasoning, maybe the AFC North is the worst -- all four of its teams lost.

The NFC East?

It was the best division the last two years and expected to be the best division this season. Now the top three teams are having problems, none of them insoluble -- in fact, the division was 3-1 on Sunday with the only loss the Redskins to the Cowboys. A division game.

Oh well. It's the era of instant communications -- see questions like this on Twitter every day. Every week seems to be its own season. No past or no future. So Dallas and Washington stumble and we have a question to write about.

In the end? My experience tells me the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys are 9-7, 10-6 teams. Someone might be better -- the Giants were pretty average two years ago and look what happened in the playoffs.
In any case, divisions don't win championships. Teams do.

By Dave Goldberg  |  November 23, 2009; 6:40 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Awww Dave, you were doing so well and I was nodding in agreement, right up until you referred to the Giants of two years ago as "pretty average." While not in the mold of the LT/Phil Simms teams of the late 80s/early 90s, the 2007 Giants were awesome on both sides of the ball. The reason people here think the NFC East is not so hot? Like the lady used to say on television, "You ARE the weakest link", and misery loves company.

Posted by: NYFanfromBirth | November 24, 2009 5:01 AM

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