The good news this year is that the NFC West and AFC West get to play each other so we can settle the "which is the worst division" argument on the field.
The AFC West was two games below .500, and they played the AFC North and NFC East. Both of whom are supposed to be the best divisions in the entire league. Pat Kirwan of nfl.com is especially notorious for such bias.
Let's not forget that in 2008, an 8-8 Chargers team won the AFC West.
San Diego padded the 2009 divisional record with a 13-3 campaign. The rest of the division was 17-31.
Now this year, the NFC West is definitely in contention to be the worst division in football - Arizona has the potential to backslide after their offseason departures, the Rams are still terrible, Seattle is a total question mark, and the Niners are the consensus division favorites coming off an 8-8 year.
What's also interesting to look at is net points by division:
AFC East +156
NFC East +108
NFC South +58
AFC North +48
NFC North +42
AFC South +26
AFC West -176
NFC West -272
Based on these metrics - it's not biased against the West Coast divisions. They objectively have been terrible.
Last edited by GBPKS; 07-16-2010 at 12:48 PM. Reason: Correcting typo
But with a +26 the AFC South still had the best win record, and the AFC East had a 32-32 record despite being +156
The AFC West has been a one team division for a while now. I do see the talent level on the rise though. Oakland grabbing Jason Campbell is a huge improvement over the revolving door of garbage that has been QB for the Raiders. The Chiefs have some exciting young players with Charles and Berry. Denver to me is the biggest question mark, after starting out a ball of fire last year, that team imploded. Does anyone have an idea what Josh McDaniels is trying to do up there? Plain and simple - Until these teams start winning outside the division, there will be no respect.
Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair or ****** beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man... and give some back.
Just caught this thread and noticed that no Bronco fan has made a stand yet. Denver will have a winning record this year and make the playoffs. Not saying they will win the division but it should be a close race. The AFC West was one of the top divisions not too long ago and feels like it is on its way back up.
The NFC West could be the worst division in NFL history. An average team with an untested QB and a below average defence battling Alex Smith's 49'ers. Scintillating.
But the AFC West is also pretty bad. The Chargers are a good but not great team, but what else is there? A Chiefs team slowly crawling out of the toilet, a Broncos team coming of a 2-8 run and the dumping of their best player, and the Raiders, a team so poorly run that they make me glad to be a Browns fan.
That's why there's no love for the AFC West. It sucks.