It’s funny to think how putrid a division this was 3 years ago.
Forget the fact that Seattle won a playoff game (I try to every day); the division winning team of the NFC West had a LOSING RECORD. If that doesn’t speak to how bad the NFC West used to be, I don’t know what is.
But now? Things are looking pretty good.
And it’s not just the Niners either. The Seahawks looked surprisingly legitimate towards the end of the season, and the Rams are mediocre, but in a hopeful way. The Cardinals still suck, but somebody’s got to, right?
Add that in with this week’s big wide receiver trades, and you’ve got yourself an interesting division. Sorry, NFC East, no one sucks more than you now!
As always, any excuse to laugh at Tony Romo.
Time to discuss Peyton’s playhouse, aka the AFC West!
“Peyton, you have won the Footbawl Blog’s AFC West MVP. Please comment in the form of a vague fist gesture.”
Denver Broncos: 13-3
San Diego Chargers: 7-9
Oakland Raiders: 4-12
Kansas City Chiefs: 2-14 Continue reading
Why isn’t Nate handling the NFC South Retrospective?
…because the whole thing would have looked like this.
Atlanta Falcons: 13-3
Carolina Panthers: 7-9
New Orleans Saints: 7-9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 7-9
Do you see a pattern with most of the division? Other than the Atlanta Falcons, who boasted the best record in football for most of the second half of the season, everyone else pooped all over themselves. Continue reading
This week we’ll be covering the two South divisions. But before we do, a brief complaint: the re-alignment of divisions left Indianapolis in a very weird position. They went from being a not-so-eastern team in the East division to a not-so-southern team in the Southern division. It probably isn’t much of a disadvantage to them as far as traveling or anything, but it just kind of makes the map look weird.
The sophisticated cartography of the NFL. We also kind of don’t know where Kansas City is.
Onward! Continue reading
Green Bay Packers: 11-5
Minnesota Vikings: 10-6
Chicago Bears: 10-6
Detroit Lions: 4-12
I decided to do the retrospective on this division out of respect for our non-Packers-biased readers, because Ben would’ve treated the Bears and Vikings like I treat the Falcons. So I’m going to give an impartial take on this division, and I’m going to ignore the mysterious note I found that read “talk gud about teh pack or ill slash ur tirez.”
Like Ben said on Tuesday, this division is among the strongest in the league. It’s certainly the strongest in the NFC. Three teams finished with winning records, and both the MVP and Offensive Player of the Year came from this division (full discretion: they were the same person.) But for all the success the teams had in the regular season, there was little to cheer about in the endgame. Joe Webb screwed Minny’s chances (or rather, Leslie Frazier did by pretending that Joe Webb was Joe Montana), and then Green Bay let Colin Kaepernick run all over them. And that’s without mentioning Chicago’s epic collapse from 7-1 and Detroit’s season, which looked like the Lions decided to celebrate making the playoffs in 2011 by selling all of their football talent for 7 beans.
So there were bright spots and dark spots in the division, I guess like any division has. But I feel pretty optimistic about this division going forward. And when the Lions fire Jim Schwartz, I’ll feel even more optimistic! Continue reading