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SH-Rock
01-20-2010, 09:02 PM
Which division do you think is the toughest in the NFL? I think its NFC East because I don't think no team will have be the "superpower". The NFC East has Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and the Washington Redskins.

lionslicer
01-20-2010, 09:07 PM
AFC North might be the toughest division if the Browns get it together. NFC east right now is the toughest even with the Redskins, but they'll become a contender with Shanahan there. NFC south a couple years ago was the toughest, I think every team in it was either .500 or above the one year.

If the Lions ever get it together, NFC north can be pretty tough. AFC south is pretty tough, Jags, Titans, Texans and the Colts? ...

steeltheone
01-20-2010, 11:14 PM
Without a doubt the NFC East...

steelerdude15
01-20-2010, 11:30 PM
I'd say the AFC North and NFC East, there both very competitive.

fansince'76
01-20-2010, 11:42 PM
NFC east right now is the toughest even with the Redskins, but they'll become a contender with Shanahan there.

Doubtful - Snyder gave him full control and he's HORRIBLE when it comes to player evaluation. There's a reason the Broncos only managed to win one playoff game in a decade after Elway hung them up.

jonslow
01-21-2010, 12:13 AM
It's hard to pick out just one division. Last year I'd have said the NFC East or AFC South. The parity in the league was just awful this year... So many good teams and so many awful teams. It's hard to say that any division can sustain dominance from year to year. Look at Washington and Jacksonville. Both were above-average teams last year and were not nearly as good this year. The Bengals were just terrible last year and won the AFC North and made the playoffs this year.

lionslicer
01-21-2010, 01:54 AM
Doubtful - Snyder gave him full control and he's HORRIBLE when it comes to player evaluation. There's a reason the Broncos only managed to win one playoff game in a decade after Elway hung them up.

He can't win playoff games, but he always has a good division record. Redskins might go 7-9 next year, but have 4-5 wins in their division, maybe knocking a team like the Cowboys or Eagles out of the playoffs late... they've been known to do that the last couple years.

Angus Burgher
01-21-2010, 02:45 AM
I'd say that during the regular season the NFC East is the toughest. But once they hit the playoffs, they all usually turn into chokers. Even that Giants team that won the Super Bowl 2 years back totally lucked out. They really weren't that good.

Galax Steeler
01-21-2010, 04:54 AM
I would have to say the NFC East but they were not really all that competetive this year. I know Dallas and Philly made it to the Playoffs but it was not in convincing style.

HometownGal
01-21-2010, 09:13 AM
Right now, the NFCE. Our AFCN is no picnic either.

On the other side of the coin, I'd have to say the NFCW is the softest. Though they currently have the most talent of any other team in that division, they're very lucky to be a part of it.

Milkman
01-21-2010, 12:10 PM
AFC south has very good teams. They all compete.

Dino 6 Rings
01-21-2010, 01:08 PM
Lets see...

Since 2000 - 2001 (year of Ravens Giants Superbowl) Including this year's final 4

The AFC Title game has had the Following Break down: (division with a team making an appearance)
6 teams from the AFC North (4 times Steelers, 2 Times Ravens)
4 teams from the AFC West (2 times Raiders, 1 time Broncos, 1 time Chargers)
4 teams from the AFC South (3 times Colts, 1 time Titans)
6 teams from the AFC East (5 times Patriots, 1 time Jets)

The NFC Title game has had the following break down
4 teams from the NFC North (2 Times Vikings, 1 time Packers, 1 time Bears)
7 teams from the NFC East (5 times Eagles, 2 times Giants)
4 teams from the NFC West (2 times Rams, 1 time Seahawks, 1 time Cardinals)
6 teams from the NFC South (2 times Panthers, 2 times Saints, 1 time Atlanta, 1 time Buccaneers)

One could argue therefore that the NFC South is the Toughest Division because not only have the Panthers and Saints been to the title game 2 times in that span, but every team from that Division has at least made it to the NFC Title game over the same period of time. No other Division can say that.

Ravnet
01-23-2010, 01:00 AM
Lets see...

Since 2000 - 2001 (year of Ravens Giants Superbowl) Including this year's final 4

The AFC Title game has had the Following Break down: (division with a team making an appearance)
6 teams from the AFC North (4 times Steelers, 2 Times Ravens)
4 teams from the AFC West (2 times Raiders, 1 time Broncos, 1 time Chargers)
4 teams from the AFC South (3 times Colts, 1 time Titans)
6 teams from the AFC East (5 times Patriots, 1 time Jets)

The NFC Title game has had the following break down
4 teams from the NFC North (2 Times Vikings, 1 time Packers, 1 time Bears)
7 teams from the NFC East (5 times Eagles, 2 times Giants)
4 teams from the NFC West (2 times Rams, 1 time Seahawks, 1 time Cardinals)
6 teams from the NFC South (2 times Panthers, 2 times Saints, 1 time Atlanta, 1 time Buccaneers)

One could argue therefore that the NFC South is the Toughest Division because not only have the Panthers and Saints been to the title game 2 times in that span, but every team from that Division has at least made it to the NFC Title game over the same period of time. No other Division can say that.

You could argue that the NFC is clearly a weaker conference which has thus allowed so many teams to progress so far in the playoffs; the AFC, on the other hand, has an established power structure, and it is more difficult to reach the title game in the American Conference than in the National Conference.

Edman
01-23-2010, 02:23 PM
The AFC North is easily the most competitive division out there. Nasty Rivalries. Constant fluctuations in Power each year. Even the Browns found some competitive juice in 2007.

The Bengals went 6-0 in the division, but only finished ahead of the Steelers and Ravens by one game.

When you're the top dog in the AFC North for a year, you better take advantage of that opportunity because chances are another team is going surpass you the next year. AFC North champions don't stay on top for long unlike the Patriots and the AFC East. Since 2002, only one team has repeated as AFC North Champion. The 2007-2008 Steelers. That's how competitive the division is.

The NFC East and AFC South are pretty good, but none of the them reached the level of competitiveness as the AFC North yet. The NFCE was dominated by the Eagles in the 2000's for a while, and none of the AFC South teams, despite being competitive, have never consistently been able to overtake the Colts.

HughC
01-23-2010, 04:06 PM
If by "toughest" you mean best, or toughest to beat, then it was the AFC South this past year. Just look at the cumulative 2009 records of the eight divisions:

38-26 -- AFC South
34-30 -- NFC East
33-31 -- AFC North
33-31 -- NFC South
32-32 -- AFC East
32-32 -- NFC North
30-34 -- AFC West
24-40 -- NFC West

HughC
01-23-2010, 04:50 PM
Here's the records of each of the eight divisions since 2002 - the first year the NFL went with eight divisions rather than six.

2009
38-26 -- AFC South
34-30 -- NFC East
33-31 -- NFC South
33-31 -- AFC North
32-32 -- AFC East
32-32 -- NFC North
30-34 -- AFC West
24-40 -- NFC West

2008
40-24 -- NFC South
38-25-1 -- NFC East
38-26 -- AFC East
38-26 -- AFC South
31-32-1 -- AFC North
25-39 -- NFC North
23-41 -- AFC West
22-42 -- NFC West

2007
42-22 -- AFC South
40-24 -- NFC East
35-29 -- NFC North
32-32 -- AFC North
28-36 -- AFC East
27-37 -- NFC South
26-38 -- AFC West
26-38 -- NFC West

2006
35-29 -- AFC East
34-30 -- AFC South
34-30 -- AFC West
33-31 -- AFC North
32-32 -- NFC East
30-34 -- NFC North
29-35 -- NFC South
29-35 -- NFC West

2005
36-28 -- AFC West
36-28 -- NFC East
33-31 -- AFC North
33-31 -- NFC South
32-32 -- AFC South
29-35 -- NFC North
28-36 -- AFC East
28-36 -- NFC West

2004
37-27 -- AFC East
36-28 -- AFC North
34-30 -- AFC West
33-31 -- AFC South
31-33 -- NFC East
31-33 -- NFC South
29-35 -- NFC North
25-39 -- NFC West

2003
36-28 -- AFC East
34-30 -- AFC South
33-31 -- NFC West
31-33 -- NFC East
31-33 -- NFC North
31-33 -- NFC South
31-33 -- AFC West
29-35 -- AFC North

2002
37-26-1 -- NFC South
36-28 -- AFC West
35-29 -- AFC East
34-30 -- NFC East
31-33 -- AFC South
29-35 -- NFC West
28-35-1 -- AFC North
25-39 -- NFC North


Edit: 2002-2009 Division Records
282-230-0 -- AFC South (best two times) -- 6-1-1
276-235-1 -- NFC East (best one time) -- 5-2-1
269-243-0 -- AFC East (best three times; worst once) -- 5-2-1
261-250-1 -- NFC South (best two times; worst once) -- 4-4-0
255-255-2 -- AFC North (worst once) -- 4-3-1
250-262-0 -- AFC West (best once; worst once) -- 4-4-0
236-276-0 -- NFC North (worst once) -- 1-6-1
216-296-0 -- NFC West (worst six times) -- 1-7-0

Last set of numbers is number of winning seasons - losing seasons - .500 seasons