Six weeks into the NFL season has been sufficient to find out the hole between the most effective and worst divisions in soccer — which is just widening as every interdivision recreation is being performed. The NFC West has been on prime for almost all of the early portion of the yr whereas the NFC East is not the worst division within the league — not even in rivalry for that “honor” regardless of how poor it has seemed.
The battle for the league’s prime division has come full circle because of the emergence of the AFC North and the early-season success of the AFC West. As for the league’s worst division? The AFC South could also be rising from the basement after a robust Week 6, making the race on the backside much more intriguing.
This week’s energy rankings reveal the hole between the highest 4 divisions and the underside 4:
8. AFC East
Final week’s rating: 7
What an terrible week for the AFC East. No workforce within the division emerged victorious — not even the Buffalo Bills. To make issues worse for the AFC East, the division misplaced two interdivisional video games to the AFC South, which headed into Week 6 with 2-12 file in opposition to groups exterior the division.
The Miami Dolphins falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars — and snapping Jacksonville’s 20-game shedding streak — is a foul stain on this division. The New England Patriots gave the Dallas Cowboys all they may deal with, however they’re one other workforce on this division that is at the least two video games underneath .500 (there are three of them).
Even with the powerhouse Payments, the AFC East is 5-12 in interdivisional video games. Total, the division has a mixed file of 8-15. A poor Week 6 places the AFC East on the backside this week, as solely Buffalo can salvage this division from changing into the worst in soccer.
7. AFC South
Final week’s rating: 8
Did not suppose the AFC South had the ability to go undefeated in out-of-division video games this week (or any week for that matter), however this division deserves loads of credit score. Whether or not the Payments determine to go for it on fourth down or not, the Tennessee Titans confirmed that they nonetheless are a risk within the AFC regardless of their rocky begin. Tennessee was capable of preserve its division lead with the large “Monday Night time Soccer” win, and keep away from falling to .500.
The Indianapolis Colts took care of the Houston Texans in an intra-divisional matchup to advance to 2-4, however the shocker this week was the Jacksonville Jaguars upsetting the Miami Dolphins in London — a serious purpose why the AFC South is not the worst in soccer this week.
It’s nonetheless simply 4-12 in interdivisional video games, however half these wins got here this week. Total, the AFC South has a mixed file of 8-16. Going 2-0 in opposition to the AFC East jumps the AFC South up a spot.
6. NFC East
Final week’s rating: 6
This wasn’t a banner week for the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had been embarrassed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 3 quarters earlier than making the sport nearer than it appeared whereas the New York Giants had been blown out by the Los Angeles Rams. Each video games had been at dwelling.
The Washington Soccer Crew really led at halftime in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier than getting outscored 21-0 within the second half. These losses had been anticipated for the NFC East, even when all these video games occurred at dwelling.
If it wasn’t for the Dallas Cowboys being top-of-the-line groups in soccer, the NFC East could be competing with the AFC South and AFC East for the worst division. Dallas is already three video games up on Washington and Philadelphia for the division lead via six weeks.
Regardless of the opposite NFC East groups (not named Dallas) having a mixed file of 5-13, the division is 7-11 in interdivisional video games. The NFC East has a mixed file of 10-14.
5. NFC North
Final week’s rating: 5
The NFC North is not an excellent division both, as no workforce on this group seems to be a formidable problem for the Green Bay Packers. The Minnesota Vikings are displaying indicators of being a playoff workforce within the NFC, which has 5 good groups after which the following two playoff spots are broad open — which ought to make for an attention-grabbing subsequent 12 weeks.
The Detroit Lions are the one winless workforce in soccer and did not look aggressive in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Inexperienced Bay took care of the Chicago Bears on the highway as Justin Fields nonetheless is determining the NFL. Enjoying Tampa Bay this week is not doubtless to assist Chicago both.
Total, the NFC North is 6-10 in interdivisional video games and has a mixed file of 11-13. There’s three groups .500 or higher within the NFC North, which separates the division from the opposite backside dwellers.
4. NFC South
Final week’s rating: 4
With two groups on a bye within the NFC South this week, it was exhausting to gauge whether or not the division ought to transfer up or down within the rankings. Tampa Bay took care of Philadelphia on Thursday night time, however the Carolina Panthers fell to the Minnesota Vikings in extra time at dwelling — a recreation that actually might have gone both manner. The Panthers are 0-3 of their three video games with out Christian McCaffrey, who was positioned on injured reserve final week.
This division has three groups .500 or higher and its groups have a mixed file of 14-9. The NFC South undoubtedly belongs with the higher tier of divisions with an 11-7 interdivisional file, nevertheless it’s exhausting to rank them above the highest divisions with half the groups idle final week. The South is a division to keep watch over within the weeks forward, particularly with winnable video games for every workforce in Week 7 (the whole division performs interdivisional video games).
3. AFC West
Final week’s rating: 3
Arduous for this division to maneuver up or down both given the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos performed an intra-divisional matchup, which the Raiders gained to enhance to 4-2. Each workforce on this division is .500 or higher because of the Chiefs blowing out Washington within the second half — Kansas Metropolis nonetheless surprisingly resides in final place within the West.
The Los Angeles Chargers give the West a poor grade because the division leaders, getting blown out by the Baltimore Ravens (who lead the AFC North) in a recreation through which they weren’t even aggressive. Los Angeles nonetheless leads the division at 4-2 as each workforce is inside one recreation of one another.
The AFC West is without doubt one of the deepest divisions within the league, having a mixed file of 14-10. The division is 11-7 in out-of-division matchups. In Week 7, the Chiefs have an enormous recreation in opposition to the Titans whereas the Broncos have an enormous highway take a look at in opposition to the Browns. A pair of wins might transfer the AFC West up a notch — and provides them a shot to compete for the most effective division in soccer.
2. AFC North
Final week’s rating: 2
The AFC North is the largest challenger to the NFC West for the most effective division in soccer. The Ravens thrashed the Chargers in a battle of division leaders whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers had been capable of maintain off the Seattle Seahawks on “Sunday Night time Soccer.” The Bengals had been capable of maintain the Lions to present the division a powerful 3-1 week, with the injured Cleveland Browns getting pummeled by the Arizona Cardinals at dwelling — a recreation that would have doubtlessly moved the North into the highest spot.
Once more, this division is sweet. No workforce is underneath .500 and the Ravens could also be the most effective workforce within the AFC via six weeks. The Bengals have the look of a playoff workforce and the Steelers are proving they by no means must be counted out. Cleveland’s accidents might damage (no pun meant), however the Browns have loads of expertise on that roster.
A powerful 14-8 in interdivisional video games, the AFC North has a mixed file of 15-9. They’re the highest contender for the NFC West’s throne.
1. NFC West
Final week’s rating: 1
Holding serve for an additional week, the NFC West really has a workforce that is underneath .500 (the Seahawks, who will probably be with out Russell Wilson for a couple of weeks) — but additionally has the league’s lone unbeaten within the Cardinals. Arizona had a powerful win over Cleveland on the highway, additional proving the Cardinals are a contender to symbolize the NFC within the Super Bowl. Seattle taking part in Pittsburgh robust and Arizona beating Cleveland saved the NFC West within the prime spot this week.
The Los Angeles Rams had a convincing win over the New York Giants on the highway whereas the San Francisco 49ers had been on their bye. The ability of this division is clear because the West has a mixed file of 15-8, even with two groups presently underneath .500.
Arduous to disregard that 11-4 file in interdivisional matchups, an astonishing .733 win share. That is why the NFC West stays within the prime spot.
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