Power Ranking Every NFL Division, Pre-Training Camp Edition

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Power Ranking Every NFL Division, Pre-Training Camp Edition
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A team's ability to succeed in the National Football League over the course of a season can be directly attributed to its strength of schedule. One of the primary components to that schedule is the fact that each team plays six games within its own division.

Would the San Francisco 49ers have won 13 games in 2011 if they were playing the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals a total of six times, instead of their three opponents in the NFC West?

I highly doubt it.

And the reverse applies for the Chicago Bears: I am pretty sure they would have won more games if they were playing in the pedestrian AFC West.

Either way, this is an extremely important thing to look at heading into the 2012 season. A team's strength of schedule is directly related to the six games played within the division. Therefore, the strength of the division in which a team plays goes a long way in determining whether it will make the postseason.

So, let's take a look at my division rankings leading up to training camp.

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