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It resurfaced again this season when a healthy Alex Smith led the team to a game & a half lead on the rest of the division.But it’s not just journalists and pundits who proclaim the weakness of the NFC East — its loudest critics are often its own fans in DC, Philly, Dallas and New York.We often decry the division as being competitive and wildly unpredictable when it comes to the 4 teams in the division, but ‘weak’ when it comes to playing outside the division.I thought I’d briefly explore the question: Is the NFC East a “weak” division in 2018?Regular season W-L recordsEvery NFL team plays 16 games per season, but 6 of those are against division opponents.That leaves 6 other games inside the same conference, and 4 games against a division from the opposing conference — ten games in all outside the division for each team.That’s 40 non-divisional games for each conference in a season.What happened in 2018?Based on this analysis, the AFC South, led by Houston and Indianapolis, was the strongest division in the 2018 regular season http://www.redskinscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-zach-brown-jersey , winning 23 of 40 non-division games (57.5%).The NFC East ranks 6th out of 8 divisions, sitting one game under .500.You can see, though, that the margins are quite thin; just 3 games separate 2nd place and 6th place in this analysis.For those who might not trust my calculations, here are the detailed breakdowns for each team and each division:SuperbowlsOf course, only one division can boast the Super Bowl champion in any given season.This year, the Lombardi Trophy resides in Philly, which puts it in the NFC East.woo hoo.Of course, if we want to take a medium to long-term view, no division can boast more success than the AFC East, because no team has had more success in the past 20 years than the Patriots.Looking at a 20-year period, here’s how the divisions shake out:AFC East (5)Patriots (SB 36, 38, 39, 49 http://www.redskinscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-paul-richardson-jersey , 51)AFC North (4)Ravens (SB 35, 47)Steelers (SB 40, 43)NFC East (3)Giants (SB 42, 46)Eagles (SB 52)AFC West (2)Broncos (SB 33, 50)AFC South (2)Colts (SB 41)Saints (SB 44)NFC West (2)Rams (SB 34)Seahawks (SB 48)NFC South (1)Buccanneers (SB 37)NFC North (1)Packers (SB 45)Over the past 20 years, the NFC East stacks up fairly well, having won 3 superbowls, behind only the AFC East (Patriots) and the AFC North (Ravens & Steelers).You might accuse me of ‘cherry picking’ the dates a bit, but I really didn’t.If we took the longer term view and looked at the past 32 seasons, then we would add 7 superbowl titles from the NFC East in those 12 seasons, giving our division 10 Lombardi trophies in 32 years. If we stuck with round numbers, then it would be 8 league championships in 30 years.If we shorten the time frame, the NFC East has 3 Championships in 11 years — which is the highest total, or 2 in 10 years, which ties for the most (with the AFCN & AFCE).So http://www.redskinscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-d.j.-swearinger-jersey , at both shorter term and longer term — at 10 years, 11 years, 30 years and 32 years — the NFC East has either the most Lombardi Trophies of any division, or is tied for the most.By picking 20 years, I actually put the division in the least attractive light.2018 playoffsThe first thing to note is that the NFC East is one of the 4 divisions in the NFL to send two teams to the playoffs this season.With the Texans and Seahawks eliminated, only the NFC East and AFC West still have two teams alive, and the NFC East is the only division to have a 2-0 record in the current playoffs.BalanceStrength is sometimes looked at by focusing at the top of the division, and when we do that, the NFC East looks pretty bad.Only the AFC North (Ravens) and NFC East (Cowboys) have division winners with only 10 wins.But when you look down the standings, things appear better.The Eagles finished in second place with 9 wins.Only the Colts and Chargers — the two other Wildcard teams that won in the first round of the playoffs — had more wins.The Redskins finished in third place, with a 7-9 record.Only one third-place team (the Titans) finished with more than 7 wins.Among the last-place teams, only the Lions and Bengals finished with more wins than the Giants.Five games separated the top team (Dallas) from the last-place team (New York); only the AFC North (4 games) was closer.In summaryWe often hear that the NFC East is a “weak” division — we especially hear it whenever the Redskins sit atop the standings.It is certainly true that the division did not excel in terms of its regular season won-loss record against non-division opponents, yet two divisions (AFCE, NFCW) did even worse, and only 3 games separate the 2nd place and 6th place divisions.But the NFC East boasts two playoff teams among the 8 teams still in the hunt for a Super Bowl trophy http://www.redskinscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-adrian-peterson-jersey , which is well-above the odds.I haven’t even discussed individual players.When you start listing those players: Adrian Peterson, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, Daron Payne, Jon Allen, Michael Bennett, Haloti Ngata, Fletcher Cox, Demarcus Lawrence... well, you get the idea... there’s plenty of talent in the division.The NFC East is the home of the reigning Super Bowl champion — a team that is still in the hunt for its second consecutive league championship.If you look back over eleven years or thirty-two years, the division has produced the largest number of Super Bowl champions in the league.Over ten years or thirty years, the division is tied for that honor, and, in the end, championships are the real measure of quality.Only by cherry picking 20 years can we find a time frame that pushes the NFC East down to 3rd place behind the Patriots and the NFC North.Finally http://www.redskinsfootballauthentics.com/derrius-guice-jersey-authentic , except for the AFC North, where the Ravens took the division title with 10 wins and the Bengals brought up the rear at 6-10, the NFC East is probably the most competitive division, where no team has repeated as division champs since the Eagles last did so in 2004. There are two games left in the Redskins regular season, and they are still alive in the playoff hunt at 7-7. This week’s game is away facing an 8-6 Tennessee Titans team that are 10 point favorites. The Titans are still looking to get a spot in the AFC playoffs, and like the Redskins, are currently the 8th seed. The Titans defense will look to shut down a Redskins offense that will be missing a lot of playmakers. The Redskins defense will also have to deal with Derrick Henry who knocked me out of my fantasy semi-finals.Matchup: Washington Redskins(7-7) vs Tennessee Titans(8-6) Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 22 | 4:30 p.m. ETLocation: Nissan Stadium (69,143) | Nashville, Tenn.TELEVISION: NFL NetworkCurt Menefee (play-by-play)Steve Mariucci (color)Nate Burleson (analysis)Steve Tasker (sidelines)RADIO: Redskins Radio NetworkLarry Michael (play-by-play)Chris Cooley (analysis)Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)Live Streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL.com Game Pass, fuboTVOdds: Titans -10, Over/Under 37Series history, news and notesPrediction: Titans 24 - Redskins 17Enemy Blog: Music City MiraclesNFL News twitter feed:Tweets from https://twitter.com/HunterLoganX/lists/nfl-rumors-and-reportersRedskins twitter feed:Tweets from https://twitter.com/HunterLoganX/lists/beat-writersCustom Denver Broncos Jerseys
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