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Worst? Hardly


I apologize to the reader if it's become my meme on this fine site to challenge the editors with their questions. But this one makes no sense.

Let's check the results from Sunday's games (checking the results from Sunday's games)...Eagles 24-Bears 20. Giants 34-Falcons 31 (OT). Dallas 7-Washington 6.

That's 3-1 for a division and the only loss came from another division team. How in any way is that futile?

I know the Cowboys don't look like a 7-3 team right now after their last two games, but they are. The Cowboys have the same record as the New England Patriots, who nobody is calling the worst team in football these days. They also have the same record as the Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers or the Cincinnati Bengals who, like the Eagles, lost to the Raiders this year.

In fact, if you look at the NFC East, it's one of two divisions in football that boasts three teams with winning records. And the division's worst team -- the Redskins -- has more wins than four of the other division cellar-dwellers. And then there's this of the eight NFL divisions, the aggregate record of each is:

AFC East - 19-21
AFC North - 19-21
AFC South - 24-14 (will be 25-15 after tonight's game)
AFC West - 19-21

NFC East 22-18
NFC North - 21-19
NFC South - 20-20
NFC West 15-25

The East is not only the best division in the NFC, going by the records, but it's the second best division in all of football, better from top to bottom than divisions that boast the likes of the Saints or Patriots or Steelers or Vikings. And if you look at the numbers, sure we expected Arizona to win the division, but the rest of the NFC West is way below mediocre. It's downright awful.

Three teams in the NFC West have minus net points, including the Rams who have -157 net points in ten games - while the NFC East is one of just two divisions, along with the AFC North, to have three teams with a plus net points. Add the fact that the Redskins are just -32 on the season (which is actually better than 11 other teams in the league) compared to the Browns who have -148 net points and you can say that the NFC East is clearly the most balanced division.

Just for good measure let's add in the fact that the Cowboys are 5-2 outside their division, the Eagles and Giants are 4-3 outside their division, and while the Redskins have looked terrible at times this season, they are 3-4 outside the division, with all their wins coming from non NFC East opponents.

Worst division? Hardly. And while the teams haven't been playing well as of late, the numbers clearly indicate the NFC East is one of the best.

By Dan Levy  |  November 23, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Dan Levy , New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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