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East Ranked Fifth Among NFL Divisions

Posted by Chris DeLisi on July 8, 2013 – 1:53 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

In a recent article released by CBSSports.com, the NFC East ranked as the fifth best division in the NFL.

At the top of the list is the NFC West, a division with the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers as well as the Redskins’ constant playoff foe, Seattle Seahawks.

The NFC East being ranked 5th may puzzle the faithful of Redskins Nation, but the Redskins are not part of the problem–at all.

A major factor in the rankings was how the division did as a whole last season against other divisions.

While the Redskins defeated the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, the only team to do so in the NFC East.

“The NFC East was exactly average against other divisions last season. The RedskinsEaglesGiants and Cowboys combined to go 8-8 versus the NFC South and 8-8 against the AFC North in 2012, although it should probably be noted that four of the eight wins against the AFC North came against Cleveland.”

It’s hard to imagine a division with reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning ranking in the bottom half of the NFL–but for CBSSports’ John Breech anything is possible.

It seems like the NFC East is almost always decided on the outcome of the last game of the season. Making predictions for who wins the division is an annual struggle and games are usually labeled as “battles” by final whistle-blow.

Since 2004, a different team has won the NFC East every year and only once ever has a team won the division with a single-digit win total. While many divisions are dominated by one or two teams, the NFC East can be won by any team no matter what their record was in the previous season.

While CBSSports.com may rank the NFC East fifth overall due to non-divisional records, it will always rank first in terms of unpredictability and exhilaration.

What do you think, Redskins Nation? Where should the NFC East be ranked among the NFL’s divisions?

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