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Emil Steiner
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Emil Steiner

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

Nearly the worst


At the beginning of the season I would have said the NFC East is toughest division in the NFL. 11 weeks into 2009 and it seems like this perennial powerhouse has tumbled into the outhouse.

But is it the worst? Unlike most divisions, the NFC East doesn't have a domination team -- a serious Super Bowl contender. No Minnesota, no New England, no Indianapolis, no New Orleans, no Cincinnati (I know they just lost to Oakland but I still put them in that category). In my estimation, you can't be the worst division in football and have a team of that caliber. So, disqualifying them leaves us with the AFC West, the NFC West and the NFC East.

With Kansas City and Oakland, it's tempting to pick the AFC West. That is until yesterday, when they defeated the defending Super Bowl champs and the Bengals respectively. Any given Sunday syndrome aside, San Diego has really picked things up of late, winning five games straight. The Chargers are so good in fact, that I'm almost inclined to put them in the basket of the serious Super Bowl contenders. The AFC West isn't great, but there isn't a team in the NFC East that I would pick over San Diego.

Staying out west, Seattle, San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis are the definition of blah. The NFC West is so bad it seems to fly under the radar. Unlike the NFC East, the West has been perennially retched for what feels like forever. This season is no different. The 15 total wins puts it at the bottom of the league, and it also remains the only division with just one team at or above.500. While there are no great teams in the NFC East, there are three average ones and the Redskins. The NFC West has only one average team, the Cardinals, and three Washington Redskins. And am I alone in thinking that the only reason Arizona will make the playoffs is because someone in that division has to?

Both NFC East and West are playing uninspiring football thus far, but if the East's play is more disappointing it is also slightly stronger. To put it another way, the NFC East is so bad that if we had a competition for the worst division in football it would come in second.

By Emil Steiner  |  November 23, 2009; 6:21 AM ET  | Category:  Emil Steiner Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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