Peyton Manning to the Miami Dolphins Would Make AFC East Best Divison in History

Andrew BaumannContributor IIIMarch 10, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won the game 35-34. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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While it might seem obvious, the implications of Peyton Manning to the Dolphins on football history are massive.

For example, let's look at the two best divisions in the NFL today: the AFC North and the NFC North. The NFC North holds the Packers, the Bears and the Lions, as well as the terrible Vikings. The AFC North holds the Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, but also the Browns.

Today, those are the best divisions in the NFL. 

Analyzing both of those divisions shows some obvious weaknesses. For one, the Bengals in the AFC North are young and inexperienced. Plus, the AFC North's main weakness is quarterback play.

While Ben Roethlisberger is a great quarterback, no other team in the division has an All-Star at the position. Not only that, the Browns are going to be bad for a couple of more years, especially if they get rid of Peyton Hillis. 

The NFC North is in a much better position. With Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford, the NFC North appears almost deadly from the outset. However, with both the Lions and the Packers leaving the playoffs early, plus the Bears missing the playoffs entirely shows some weakness.

Not only that, but the Vikings are the NFC North's browns, and will be bad for a couple of more years.

The AFC East without Peyton Manning is somewhere on the top 5, possibly even the 3rd best in the league today. With the Tom Brady led recent Super Bowl appearance New England Patriots, along with the suffocating defense of the New York Jets, the AFC East has an amazing upside and an amazing downside as well. Both the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins are two of the better sub-.500 teams in the league today.

And with Peyton Manning coming to the Dolphins, everything would change. Besides the fact that having two of the best quarterbacks of all time is deadly alone, the other two teams, the Jets and the Bills, are teams that can not be underestimated and either team is meant for the playoffs soon.

With a Manning lead Dolphins, the AFC East could easily dominate for the next five, maybe even six or seven years.