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Old 05-24-2005, 04:00 PM   #1
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Best division in football?

Could the NFC East be poised for a revival? Remember from 86 to 95 the NFC East won 7 Super Bowls and it looks to me that the beasts may be back. The NFC East looks uniquely prepared to go on another run, consider the other divisions for a second. PLus I've got some time to kill.

NFC Central - the old black and blue division. Culpepper is the best quarterback, Ahman Green the best running back, and Green Bay is probably the best team. Detroit and Chicago are basically also rans, but the Lions may roar with their three wideout sets this year. Verdict- not as deep as the NFC East

NFC South - Tampa and Carolina could rebound, or their success earlier in the decade could have been a fluke. Vick is the most exciting player in the game, and Stephen Davis is still a punishing runner if he can stay healthy, and Atlanta is the best team. Verdict - who would you rather have for the next five years - Aaron Brooks or Eli Manning? Advantage NFC East

NFC West - St. Louis should have fired Martz three years ago, but he is still on the sidelines inventing new ways to lose. Bulger is a premier qb, Alexander will find the end zone at least 10 times a season, but each team in the division has a fatal flaw. Verdict - Wake me when Arizona is relevant again, San Fran is not as bad as they showed last season but they're still pretty bad. Adv - NFC East

AFC East - The current clubhouse leader, but its been a one horse race lately. The Jets, Bills and Dolphins are solid teams but no one seems poised to dethrone the champs. Corey Dillon is the best RB in the division, Tom Brady the best qb, and the Patriots are the class of the league. But the Jets are the next best but Curtis Martin will start acting his age soon and they just lost his backup this offseason. Adv - push (NE is still the champs)

AFC Central - Pittsburgh did have the best record in the NFL last year, and Roethlisburger should improve which is scary considering his won/loss record last year. The Steelers have the best running game, the best wideouts, and the best qb. The dropoff is considerable, unless Carson Palmer can do better than recent Heisman winning qbs in the pros, Kyle Boller finds a way to hit an open receiver, and [insert qb name here] that guy in Cleveland stands upright. Adv - NFC East, although I like Cincinnati

AFC South - the AFC equivalent to the NFC East. If McNair can return to form, the Titans are a darkhorse with their run/pass mix. They've lost a ton of talent though, although they've drafted well and may not drop off too much. Jacksonville has a stud in Leftwich, Manning is the best in the business right now, and Houston should be improved. But the coaching pedigree just can't match the NFC East, I mean Coughlin is the fourth guy in the NFC and he's been to a couple of AFC Championships himself.

AFC West - gotta love Priest Holmes, and I think the Chiefs will actually go to the SB this year, but Jake Plummer at qb is scary, the Chargers still have Schottenheimer as coach, and the Raiders will struggle to score as much as they give up. Love the running backs, Lamont Jordan aside, but not enough defense in this division. Adv - NFC East

I was going to add some stats to prove my point, but I stopped when I saw that the NFC East avg defensive ranking was 10.5, while the AFC East was 6.5. But I still think the division is due for a renaissance...
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Old 05-24-2005, 04:19 PM   #2
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Re: Best division in football?

This division has been the NFC least for the past few years. Its the same thing every year. We say that this is the toughest division and winds up being the weakest. I sure hope this division gets back to its dominant ways like the past. But the strength of divisions doesn't really have any impact anymore like the past. Before teams feared playing certain teams in the division, now it really doesn't matter.
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Old 05-24-2005, 04:36 PM   #3
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what about all the additions that Vikings made this season? How does that not put the Vikes ahead of the Packers for that division?
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Old 05-24-2005, 04:52 PM   #4
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i aint't lying. Minnesota might end up going to the super bowl this year if everyone gets on the same page. Green Bay might not go to the playoffs thaey lost tow studs off of the o-line. I think New England will finally succumb to the jets and the bills this year with both coordinators gone. Not even a single comment about the ravens. The Ravens probably will have the best defense in the league and if they can get some big plays out of the offense they will be dangerous. I do agree we might have the bese division along with the afc west(Chargers,Chiefs,Randy Moss's Raiders,and Broncos).
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Old 05-24-2005, 04:54 PM   #5
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we will give them the paper champ award since you seem to think they got better w/o watching them play monk
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Old 05-24-2005, 06:52 PM   #6
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AFC East or AFC North would be my vote.
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Old 05-24-2005, 07:34 PM   #7
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free agency really brings parity..........especially in the NFC..........
In all divisions throughout the league you have a few excellent teams and lots of teams that let's face it basically suck........
NFC East-as it pains to type it=Eagles teams to beat, rest will be improved but not enough...............
NFC North-Packers took huge loses in free agency, their top WR is holding out, and their defense isn't much to write home about-, Vikings-they look good on paper, and if their moves pan out should take this division........Bears and Lions-ZZZZZZZZ
NFC South-Falcons and perhaps Carolina duke it out......Tampa-much like the Redskins, Cowboys, Gints. Bucs ...just trying to improve and not there yet. Aints just don't care..........
NFC West-just like last year, Rams who are getting older in the tooth and sehawks, battle it out........49ers a once proud franchise is bad.............
AFC East-gotta go with the Pats, although they've had quite a few changes on their roster, but I'd stick with their coach. Jets-I hope they crash and burn and take Coles with them......interesting team none the less, Bills-will be interesting to see how the new kid does.......Dolphins-even if Ricky and company have a happy reunion I dont see them doing much
AFC South-Titans are in major rebuilding phase......McNair is always hurt......Jacksonville improving but not enough to take the Colts, Houston doesnt have all the players they need yet, ..........Colts pride of the division
AFC North-Pittsburgh.....heads above the rest, although Cincy keeps improving, but not quite there..Ravens, aging although potent defense, but there offense needs work..Browns, long way to go and now without Winslow...
AFC West-Priest Holmes is from my hometown love the guy, but the Chefs don't have enough defense-and dont ya wish we kept trent green......Chargers class of this division....Raiders.....too many question marks starting at QB, line etc........

NFC East still weak...................stronger divisions AFC hands down- PATS, STEELERS, CHARGERS, COLTS Second tier-Jax, Chefs, Ravens,Jets,..........

NFC Eagles......Falcons, Carolina, maybe Rams....far weaker.......
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:09 PM   #8
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i think afc east is the best
patriots - obviously
jets- may be a little worse cuz martin probably wont be as good(and coles is gay)
dolphins- definite improvement, better players and coaches
bills- amazing defense and they were one of the top teams at the end of the year last year
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Old 05-24-2005, 10:12 PM   #9
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Re: Best division in football?

As we blithely hand out "Advantage NFC East" citations, might we not also take a peek at the fact that only one team in the NFC East finished over .500 last year? And the year before that, the two sub-.500 teams were worse than last year... What was the combined record for the other three teams in the NFC last year? Something like 17-31? If this were any other division, what might be the adjective attached to that kind of cumulative record? Fugly?

Can the Skins break above the .500 mark this year? Possibly - but it's no guarantee.

Can the Cowboys break above the .500 mark this year? Possibly - but it's no guarantee.

Can the Giants break above the .500 mark this year? No way on this planet or any planet in the known universe...

The NFC East may have 2 teams poised to improve [Translation: make an assault on becoming a break-even team] but as of this moment - until at least two of the "bottom feeders" in the division - show real signs of competence ON THE FIELD, it is just a tad premature to say this is the best division in the NFL.
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Old 05-24-2005, 10:14 PM   #10
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Re: Best division in football?

AFC East is definately the best. NFC East is a long way from the NFC East of old.

Teams I think should make HUGE improvements - Vikes, Lions, Cards, Raiders.
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Old 05-25-2005, 07:20 AM   #11
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Ramsey Fan you pick the Raiders to have a huge improvement. Well I guess when you were that bad 1 more win is just a huge improvement. Remember my friend they have Norv.
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Old 05-25-2005, 07:24 AM   #12
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Norv + Randy Moss = Trouble for other teams.
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Old 05-25-2005, 08:24 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Daseal
Norv + Randy Moss = Trouble for other teams.
I can't help but laugh at this statement. Sorry but as much as a like Norv as a coordinator he hasn't proved anything as a head coach. Moss isn't an instant fix.
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He's gotta' have a QB to get the ball to him first. Culpepper and Moss developed a good working relationship.
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Old 05-25-2005, 09:09 AM   #15
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Hey now, the Raiders have Kerry Collins, MC. Easy on my PSU boy .

Actually, I still do think that Collins can chuck the ball down the field. It's his decision making and fumbling that kill him. Going deep with Moss and Porter though? That's scary. They may just call 4WR shotgun sets and let it fly..............oh wait, I know of another team that tried that for a few years too and it didnt' work out for them, so maybe not.
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