The NFC West has been football's most laughable division over the past few seasons. And despite some sentiment that they might not be the worst, the thought mostly holds true. No other point measures the futility of the NFC West quite like sending a division winner to the playoffs despite a losing record.
On the other hand, you have to go all the way back to the 2003 season to find a year in which an NFC West team didn't win a playoff game. I did no other research for any other division, but that is a pretty impressive streak. In addition to that, the NFC West won 30 games this year. That was equal to the NFC East, better than the AFC South and only a game behind the AFC West.
Whether or not you think the NFC is a down division isn't the point. Like most things, football teams can be quite cyclical. All signs point to each of the four NFC West teams pointing in the right direction.